Saturday, May 14, 2016

Barcelona again!

Barcelona again! I was living there from 2010 until the end of 2013. 3,5 wonderful years in a magnificent city. It is the city that can combine everything from hard work to crazy nightlife.
Plaza de Catalunya fountain
Plaza de Catalunya fountain.
This time, I visited Barcelona because is want to take my degrees and see some old friends. Making the paper was not easy as I thought. It took them almost two years of "printing" the degrees, but finally, they manage it. I think Spanish public sector is more bureaucratic even than the Greek one. And then... we have the second phase: the legalization (Apostille). If you want to avoid the fees you have to go to an office of the Spanish Ministry of Justice (C/ Garcilaso, 123, Planta baixa - 08027). The line was going to the next road as you can see from the photo bellow. We arrived 08:45 (opens at 09:00) and we took the number 266. We took our paper around 14:00 and in the mean time we also went for shopping.

Waiting line at the office of the Spanish Ministry of Justice.
Waiting line at the office of the Spanish Ministry of Justice.

After spending two days for taking care our paperwork, it was time for us to enjoy the city. We stayed at Residencia Melon District Marina near the metro station Marina of the red line. Next photos are from the terrace of the building. The view is quite good, and there is a small pool if you are in a rush for getting into the water.

View from the Melon District Marina roof.
View from the Melon District Marina roof.

Torre Agbar or "Dildo Building" as show from the terrace of the hotel.
Torre Agbar or "Dildo Building" as show from the terrace of the hotel.
Swimming pool at the roof of the Melon District Marina hotel.

Walking in the City is one the best things you can do. Every part of the city contains something special that you can explore and admire. Unfortunately, we didn't have lot of time, so we skipped Sagrada Familia and Montjuic.

Arc de triomf of Barcelona.


Demonstration for the independence of Catalunya.
Demonstration for the independence of Catalunya.
Barceloneta is one of the best areas to walk in Barcelona. It is next to the beach and ends at the W hotel. Although the beach looks nice and the local authorities always clean it every night (!), I would suggest not to swim there and try to explore beaches outside of the city. The city has good rail connections with other cities, and you can visit much better beaches in about one hour.

W hotel at the beach. It famous and luxury hotel. The location is at the beach.
W hotel at the beach. It is the famous and luxury hotel. The location is at the beach. Maybe one day I will visit it.

View from the W hotel in Barcelona.
After five days enjoying the city we had to come back to our home. From time to time i really miss the life of the city and the energy that contains.