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I'm going to fly to London to see my gf who is studying abroad there in the Kensington area.
I am going to be in London most of the time but flying to Barcelona on one of the weekends.
Do you guys have any suggestions on what to do in those 2 countries?
London we have a few things in mind but Barcelona we have no idea!

I definitely am going to try to catch a soccer game either in London or Barcelona. But any suggestion would help!
 

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In Barcelona you can visit some of Gaudi's creations such as the Sagrada Familia Church and Casa Mila other than that the usual shopping on Las Ramblas there is always the beach and sightseeing of Gothic Center of Barcelona. When I was there I was fortunate enough to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art where I snagged some posters of famous Picasso paintings. I almost forget to tell you to visit Gaudi's park I forgot the name of it but ask your hotel i'm sure they'll be able to tell you the name and directions to the park. Besides all the tourist stuff go to a peep show on the La Ramblas and drinks tons of tinto de verano
 

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Things you must do
1. Watch a football game in the Nou Camp Stadion
2. Visit the Picasso Museum
3. Gaudi stuff you must see.
*Casa Battló (Paseo de Gracia)
*Casa Milá / La Pedrera (Provenca)
*Sagrada Familia (Eixample-area, Metro: Sagrada Familia)
*Parc Guell (Metro Vallcarca

Dont forget to eat Paella and drink a bottle of Cava with your girl its Spanish Champagne

Some good hotels would be Juan Carlos, the Arts or Hotel Casa Fuster all 3 are very nice

Some good restaurants are Via Veneto, Botafumeiro and Caig All offering Spanish cuisine

for shopping I would say Paseo de Gracia, El Born
 

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wow thanks guys for your suggestions!
I heard its hard to find good Spanish food so it helps to know good restaurants.

I don't think I'll be picking up girls with my girl with me...
Were going to be staying at Sitges right by the beach.
 

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I would've suggested seeing a football game just as Yves did but I was in Madrid for the World Cup and in the main square of the city the game was broadcasted on this huge projector. It was an experience i'd never forget in my life 5,000 Spaniards screaming and chanting for their team and 20 French men who left in an ambulance after Spain won. Sorry for the off topic post but do try to catch a football game its sure to be an unforgettable experience. Ooh idk if you're a bigger fella but Corte Ingles carries larger sized Lacoste wear that you cannot get in the U.S
 

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In Barcelona you can visit some of Gaudi's creations such as the Sagrada Familia Church and Casa Mila other than that the usual shopping on Las Ramblas there is always the beach and sightseeing of Gothic Center of Barcelona. When I was there I was fortunate enough to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art where I snagged some posters of famous Picasso paintings. I almost forget to tell you to visit Gaudi's park I forgot the name of it but ask your hotel i'm sure they'll be able to tell you the name and directions to the park. Besides all the tourist stuff go to a peep show on the La Ramblas and drinks tons of tinto de verano
+1, but don't go to the contemporary art museum, my entire group (even the people who were adamant about going in the first place) thought that for the most part it was disappointing and they could have created it all themselves in their basement with minimal artistic vision. By contrast the museum in Madrid is certainly worth seeing.
 

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for barcelona, see the Gaudi stuff as has been mentioned. i like just wandering around the old city - it's a strange amalgamation of old architecture/city planning and new boutiques.

if you think you like ham, this stuff is the best in the world (i'm not kidding):
ChuckEats blog Jamonisimo (Barcelona, Spain) - Call Me a Ham Snob

if you like seafood, this restaurant serves very very fresh seafood - it's also very very expensive (anywhere from 100-400 euros/person, depending on what you order) but worth it if you value freshness:
ChuckEats blog Rias de Galicia (Barcelona, Spain) - Reference Seafood

- chuck
 

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The above suggestions are spot on, Tsubasa650! :)

Hotel Rey Juan Carlos is nice too, but I would suggest staying by the Port Olympico, at Hotel Arts. I seem to recall it is attached to a casino if that is interesting to you...

Also, you can get a pretty easy to decifer map from the concierge at your hotel so finding your way around the popular sites is not very hard at all.... Just don't go on a stringent diet as Potatas Bravas and Sangria are amazing!! :clap:

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Thanks guys for all your help!

How much Spanish should I know before I go to Barcelona?
I took 3 years of spanish in high school. I heard no one speaks English there.
 

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Thanks guys for all your help!

How much Spanish should I know before I go to Barcelona?
I took 3 years of spanish in high school. I heard no one speaks English there.
be careful, they don't speak Spanish in Barcelona, it Catalonian which is similar but different enough that it could mess you up, some words are the same/similar but others are totally different.

I LOVED Barcelona when I went, my g/f and I are scheming for a trip to Barcelona sometime in the near future....it's a place I won't soon forget, I'll try to find some pics, I know my hd crashed and I lost half of my pics but I still think I have some....I'll update later

Ok here are some good ones I found, like I said most are lost ;-( ....guess I have to go back ;-)








 

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No one here has mentioned this but I think it's just a precaution. Be very careful when traveling with money in Barcelona as there's a large population of immigrants from poorer countries who've come to Barcelona for work what does that mean to you ? It means more people will try to pick pocket/rob you especially tourist trust me they know when you are a tourist. I know from personal experience as I was involved in an altercation with an African immigrant who tried to rob me at the ATM. Imagine being in a police station where no one understands you.
 

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yea it just seems like you have to be careful anywhere you go in Europe. I have been to Italy and there was the same issue. I'm not really worried in Kensington.
People park their astons and ferraris outside in the snow.
My highschool Spanish teacher was catalan and they have a unique accent almost like they have a lisp.
I guess I have to brush up on my Spanish....

I'm definitely going to try and catch a champions league match.

We are going to be staying in Sitges, which is like 20 min off of Barcelona by the coast.
 

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M I N I S T R Y OF S O U N D :)

Tons of partying to be done in Leicester Square also!!!!

I will be there in May - second week!
 

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just wanted to say thanks guys!
I'm leaving next week! Very excited!:clap:
 

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Definitely one of the best cities have have been to. No matter what you wander into you will have a good time. and as mentioned watch out for gypsys.
 
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