16.04.2017 – ALMOST BARCELONA

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GETTING UP AT 4:30? NOBODY LIKES IT. AT THIS HOUR I USUALLY DIVE INTO THE SACK. THIS TIME, HOWEVER, IT WAS NECESSARY.

THE PLANE TO BARCELONA IS FLYING OFF AT 7:10. NOT KNOWING THE AIRPORT, TAKING A CORRECTION FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND HAVING A PRIORITY OF THE EMBARKATION ON THE PLANE – WE RECOGNIZED THESE 2 HOURS AND 40 min. TO THE DEPARTURE AS SUFFICIENT.
THE BUS FROM THE BUS STOP NEAR THE HOTEL ARRIVED AT THE AIRPORT PUNCTUALLY. A FEW MINUTES LATER WE WERE ON THE SPOT.

WELCOMED US A NOT BUSY SAFETY CHECK. UNFORTUNATELY, WE LOST AT LEAST 15 MINUTES THERE. IT WAS NECESSARY TO SPREAD OUR RATHER SMALL LUGGAGE LARDED WITH ELECTRONICS AND COSMETICS INTO 10 CONTAINERS USED ON CHECK-IN AIRPORT POINTS!!!

JUST BEFORE 10:00 WE WERE AT THE BUS STOP IN FRONT OF TERMINAL 1 EL PRAT AIRPORT IN BARCELONA.
BUS NUMBER L77 TOOK US QUICKLY TO THE HOTEL. WARNING !!! – IN BARCELONA’S PUBLIC TRANSPORT YOU NEED TO HAVE SMALL CHANGE. CARDS ARE NOT SUPPORTED !!!

AT THE HESPERIA HOTEL THE NIGHT BEGINS AT 15:00. WE KNEW THAT, BUT FRANKLY WE WERE HOPING FOR SOME LUCK. UNFORTUNATELY …

DUE TO THE ABOVE, WE LEFT OUR BELONGINGS AT THE RECEPTION DESK AND SET OFF FOR A PRE-PLANNED TRIP TO COLONIA GÜELL. YOU CAN GO THERE BY A COMPLICATED NETWORK OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT OR GET ABOUT 7 km WALK. WE CHOSE THE SECOND OPTION AS PART OF THE  EXERCISE BEFORE OUR PERUVIAN MADNESS.
(ONE CAN RICH THIS PLACE BY TAXI – JUST FOR 15 €)

ACCORDING TO LEADING US DR GOOGLE  WE SHOULD WALK AND WE WALK 2.5 HOURS. DEFINITELY IS WORTH SEEING THIS PLACE. COLONIA GÜELL IS THE EQUIVALENT OF SILESIAN NIKISZOWIEC. OF COURSE THERE ARE DIFFERENCES. NIKISZ THAT’S THE COMPLEX OF 3 FLORS BLOCKS OF SMALL HOUSING ESTATES. INDIVIDUALLY A FEW HOUSES ARE ON SIDE FOR ENGINEERS.
GÜELL HAS BETWEEN THE HOUSES BUILT FOR THE WORKERS HERE AND THERE, VERY INTERESTING PRIVATE VILLAS. THERE ARE ALSO NUMEROUS BUILDINGS OF THE PUBLIC UTILITY, e.g. SCHOOL ALONG WITH THE HOUSE OF THE TEACHER. ALSO A MOST FAMOUS LOCAL OBJECT – GAUDÍ’S CRYPT.

CROWDS ARE FLOCKING INTO IT ALL THE TIME.
ADMISSION 7 € / pp. WATCHING THIS GENERALLY UNKNOWN WORK OF A GREAT ARCHITECT TAKES UP TO 30 min.
BEFORE TOURING WE STOPPED BY TO SMALL LOCAL BOTEGA TO FILL UP LIQUIDS SUCKED OUT BY THE LONG MARCH IN RAYS OF THE CATALAN SUN.
AFTER EXPLORING WE POPPED INTO THE RESTAURANT DEAD AHEAD ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAS.  IT WAS NECESSARY TO STRENGTHEN BEFORE RETURNING.
TAPAS WITH THE ICY BEER AND THE VIEW ON THE VILLA… NOTHING MORE WE DIDN’T NEED.

WE DRAGGED OURSELVES TO THE HOTEL TOTALLY EXHAUSTED, DOING THE BREAK ON THE WAY. THROATS HOWLED FOR SOMETHING WET, FEET FOR THE MOMENT OF THE PEACE. THE BAR RUN BY THE CHINESE IN SOME SIDE-STREET MET OUR NEEDS.

SANT JOAN DESPI – APARTAMENT IN HOTEL HESPERIA

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THE HOTEL SUITE TURNED OUT TO BE HUGE AND COMFORTABLE. A BIT STRANGE IT SEEMS TO ME DO NOT HAVE ANY POTS (INCLUDING KETTLE) AND CUTLERY IN THE APARTMENT WITH A KITCHEN CORNER. A MICROWAVE STINKS A BIT.

WE LITERALLY FELL DOWN… WOMBAT GET ASLEEP WITH THE TV PILOT IN HER HAND. I GET IT OFF FROM HER.
SHE WAS SO WEAK, THAT AN HOUR LATER HER HAND WAS STILL IN THE POSITION SHOWING THAT SHE IS SOMETHING TIGHTLY HUGGING…

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