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    Hi friends
    I will be in Europe and will have about 4-5 days in Barcelona, any tips or ideas on places to eat, shop and take pictures?

    Thanks!
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    Will also have 2 nights in Amsterdam, in Delft too...
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    I recommend you borrow this guidebook by rick steves. backdoor to europe i think it's called. it has lots of useful tips as to what to see, how to save on admissions, how to save time etc. I came across it when i was researching my europe trip, i've returned it already so can't really check on the section for barca for you.

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    You have to visit the Gaudis i.e. Sangrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Mila etc etc. all are excellent places to take photos. Also don't leave without eating at the typical tapas bar, where you stand around drinking wine and eating all the different tapas. Apart from that, drink lotsa sangria and eat more paella. If you're a soccer fan, you could try getting tickets for a match at Nou Camp.

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    Thanks

    I have got my flights organised, from AMS to BCN via Iberia airlines, and I got 30% off the Husa chain of hotels thanks to a travel agent friend.

    Will be using Husa Hotel Barcelona for E 134

    BTW FYI:
    T 10 is a train pass allowing 10 rides or Barcelona card gives you travel on all buses and trains in Barcelona.
    Would like to go to a football match, but I reckon it will be too costly, beside unless it involves Liverpool, I will not really be keen.

    As for Amsterdam, I will be staying in a small town called Delft, which promises to be a quaint place!

    Will provide more tips later on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by atomboy View Post
    You have to visit the Gaudis i.e. Sangrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Mila etc etc. all are excellent places to take photos. Also don't leave without eating at the typical tapas bar, where you stand around drinking wine and eating all the different tapas. Apart from that, drink lotsa sangria and eat more paella. If you're a soccer fan, you could try getting tickets for a match at Nou Camp.
    I love the Joan Miro museum. You HAVE to go up Montjuďc just to spend the day chilling out.
    Barcelona is amazing! 5 days doesn't even feel like enough!haha

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    Look out for Gaudi architecture & drink lots of sherry!

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    husa hotels is decent. Stayed in one but not in Barcelona (I stayed in a husa hotel in Peniscola, the place with the Knights Templar Castle)

    Gaudi's architecture is a MUST! The Sangrada Familia is a sight to behold, and wonder when its actually going to be finished. A walk down the La Rumbla is recommended as well.

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    Ok, so swiss knife in Geneva, although I did see the Wenger Ranger series on Amazon for a nice USD 25, hard to beat that, esp in expensive Geneva...

    I doubt there will be much to buy in BCN or AMS...
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    Some info on Barcelona to share:


    Europe is a smorgasbord of language, food and culture. It is never cheap, but allows you a chance to see a totally different lifestyle and immerse yourself in a different world.


    First the bad news:



    Holding your waters



    Europe is also the perfect place to train your bladder. At 0.5 to 1 euro for a trip to the toilet, you plan your water intake carefully and also limit your drinks a little more strictly than anywhere else in the world.



    In China, the problem might be the quality of the toilet, here there isn’t a real issue of dirtiness, just that they are hard to come by and free ones are as common as food costing less than 5 Euros. In fact in Venice has such an issue that tourists are using road corner to relieve themselves due to the scarcity and cost of proper facilities.



    In Spain, the situation was better than Amsterdam, although they were never as easily available as in Singapore, they were around and the cost was less. Yet trying to get drinking water at any of the airports was always trying, unless you drank from the tap in the toilets, which was potable.



    The best solution is to order some food or coffee in the city and use the toilet, and with the standard of coffee being pretty high, that’s no hardship. Even a cuppa at Dunkin Donuts was pretty decent.



    Food



    As for the food, well tapas are a pretty decent thing, and it is no wonder that there are less fat people in Europe or rather in Spain. These are rather small portion items, and many will order one as a snack rather than the American way of eating bigger and bigger meals topped off with huge portions of fries and soft drinks.



    The other difference is that everyone is well dressed, and takes pride in their work, and there is a quiet efficiency. This of course extends to a certain extent to the Spanish, who take siestas in the afternoon, close their shops and even the service slows down in the afternoon at the restaurants which remain open.



    Budget about 15-20 Euros per meal to enjoy the food, or eat at KFC or Macs for a lower cost. The staples are tapas, pizzas, paella, or other rice based dishes. Given the small portions of the tapas, it is not surprising that there are less obese chaps in Spain, which had the least obese folks of the 3 places I visited.



    Recommendations:



    Paella:

    La Mar Salada – Pss Joan de Bambon Barcelonata



    Italian:

    Da Greco – Passeig de Gracia with Diagonal



    Pizzas – La Tagliatella – 4 in Barca



    Seafood:



    Paradetta – market to choose food with restaurants to cook them



    Pintxos – Txakoh – in front of France Station, close to Born

    Try Txakoh wine & pintxos (typical vasco)



    Antic Olimpic:

    Good paella at good prices, Passeig Fontella, 1 block away from Passeig Gracia



    Tapas:

    Civtat Condal – Gran Via with Rambla Catalunya



    Cerveeria Catalunya – cr Mallorca with Rambla Catalunya









    People are friendly, although those in Switzerland are a bit more so and the warmest are those in Holland. In fact one of the most charming was a lady selling us Ruege music boxes, who probably knew that we were not going to buy anything but stayed back after her official time just to let us hear all the tunes in the various music boxes.



    Places to visit:



    Guell Park



    Sagrada Familia



    This uncompleted church by Gaudi is one of the highlights and comes highly recommended. You do feel a sense of grand scale and also a sense of peace, even though the building is not finished yet. There is also a contrast of the style used by Gaudi and that which is currently being used to complete the building.



    Santa Maria del Mar Church + a walk by “Born Passeig”



    Monjvic Mountain – visit the castle for views of the city



    Gothic neighborhood and the cathedral



    Passeig Gracia (Pedera & Batho House – Gaudi)



    “Spain Place” – best by night for the streets & music with water spectacle



    “Olimpic Village” – walk by the beach from Barcelonata to Mapgna towers



    Boqueria Markets



    Expensive places:



    - Aqua – Café de la Princesca

    - La Sal – La Barcelonata (rice)

    - La Reina – Born

    Outside excursions – Stiges 30 mins by train



    Shopping:



    Zara

    Loewe

    Loccitane - this is French but it is still cheaper than Singapore



    For those into high end shopping, Loewe (pronounced ‘Loo air bay’) is significantly cheaper in Spain, and so is Zara. There is also a outlet shop called Lefties which is also quite reasonable. With careful selection, you can get prices on items which are Spanish at good prices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petetherock View Post

    Europe is also the perfect place to train your bladder. At 0.5 to 1 euro for a trip to the toilet, you plan your water intake carefully and also limit your drinks a little more strictly than anywhere else in the world.
    maybe this is not so in austria.. i went austria and found their public toilets.. and was pleasantly amazed that their toilets are so clean, despite being a public toilet! there were no cleaner, no automated flush... yet their toilets are way cleaner than singaporean toilets which are managed by cleaners and automated flushes.

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    Yes, some of those european toilets are too beautiful!
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    I can only recommend climbing places in and around the area

    - the monestry has weird conglomerate stuff - also has great views and a building that is architecturally fab to look at and wander about in the halls.

    - pinnacles of rock at Montserrat (need a car)

    - La Mussara is wicked with...an awesome cliff side village - very picturesque (need a car)

    However useful only if you like to climb!
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    Quote Originally Posted by petetherock View Post
    Hi friends
    I will be in Europe and will have about 4-5 days in Barcelona, any tips or ideas on places to eat, shop and take pictures?

    Thanks!
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    1st thing 1st... for Barcelona, get the barcelona card... iirc it comes in 2,3 and 5 days? It will give you a small pocket size guide book which lists most attractions, restaurants etc and the discount coupons. Very value for money since it also includes all Local Transport and discount on airport express train.

    Sightseeing: barcelona is mainly more on architecture, especially gaudi. You should also go to the La Bogueria, the market along La Ramblas, the main shopping street. Further up will be Passeig de gracia, which consists mainly boutiques, restaurants and a couple of Gaudi houses.

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    Actually I did not get the Barcelona card, unless you visit every musuem, its not worth it.
    I took the hop on and hop off bus for 2 days for 27E
    Bought a return ticket for the Aerobus for 14.5E and thats it.
    You go to the Sangrada for 10E, 2.5E for the lift.
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    if you're still a student, flash your matric cards to get some neat discounts to the popular plcs (sagrada familia, guell, etc..).

    Food is totally awesome. Grab some ideas from lonely planet and make an early booking if possible.

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