GoCar Tours, Barcelona

While ambling about Barcelona, Spain, I spotted these interesting three-wheeled vehicles:

GoCar vehicle in Barcelona, Spain.

GoCar vehicle in Barcelona, Spain.

Basically, you can rent these cars and they’ll take you on a GPS guided “talking tour” providing you with interesting tidbits along the way.

Detail of the GoCar in Barcelona, Spain.

Detail of the GoCar in Barcelona, Spain.

In the photo above, you see the GPS screen as well as the gauges on the console.

Another view of the GoCar in Barcelona, Spain.

Another view of the GoCar in Barcelona, Spain.

Might be a fun way to do your own tour of a major city. This company does have cars in other cities, which may be an option for your travel plans.

Published in: on August 9, 2014 at 3:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Most of the cathedrals I’ve seen are hundreds and hundreds of years old. It’s the rare opportunity to see one under construction. However, in Barcelona, Spain, you can see La Sagrada Familia in the works.

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain.

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain.

While I’m not a fan of Gaudi, I must admit, this cathedral is spectacular. The detail is as dramatic as the sweeping spires.

Entrance to La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain.

Entrance to La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain.

Be sure to get your tickets in advance. If not, you’ll wait literally hours to get inside. And it’s worth it! So get those tickets and see this place. Magnificent.

 

Published in: on August 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm  Comments (1)  
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Café Emma, Barcelona, Spain

Café Emma is one of those places I like to find while traveling, a pleasant stop for a meal or a snack, and some local gossip. Since it was located near my hotel, I popped in here for breakfast on my way walking about Barcelona.

Café Emma on Pau Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Café Emma on Pau Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

They serve typical Spanish style dishes, and over the course of several days, I tried various ones.

Window at Café Emma, Barcelona, Spain.

Window at Café Emma, Barcelona, Spain.

Of course, an omelette is among my favorite breakfast foods, and this one contained onions, mushrooms, and potatoes:

Onion, mushroom, and potato omelette at Café Emma, Barcelona.

Onion, mushroom, and potato omelette at Café Emma, Barcelona.

Notice the “pan con tomate,” there, which means bread with tomato that you see at the top of the plate. It is a nice accompaniment. I also sampled the small bocadillo con salchichón that you see in the next photo:

Bocadillo con salchichón at Café Emma, Barcelona, Spain.

Bocadillo con salchichón at Café Emma, Barcelona, Spain.

The atmosphere at Café Emma is decidedly relaxed, the service friendly, and the menu what you would expect. Linger and enjoy.

Joséphine, Barcelona (restaurant)

Located in an upscale neighborhood on Pau Claris, Joséphine delivers atmosphere from a bygone age, complete with live music, fine food, and a great bar.

Joséphine, located on Pau Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Joséphine, located on Pau Claris, Barcelona, Spain.

Seating inside and out provides options for all. I took a seat inside for supper one evening.

Dining room at Joséphine, Barcelona, Spain.

Dining room at Joséphine, Barcelona, Spain.

Tasty and well-presented food arrives thanks to a friendly staff. I tried a special of the night, which was a tenderloin served atop hot coals with artichokes and peppers:

Tenderloin atop hot coals at Joséphine, Barcelona, Spain.

Tenderloin atop hot coals at Joséphine, Barcelona, Spain.

This dish was excellent because the coals stayed hot for quite a while, enabling me to let the meat cook to exactly my style. Of course, dessert was a must. Take a look at this chocolate cake and ice-cream:

Chocolate cake with ice cream at Joséphine, Barcelona, Spain.

Chocolate cake with ice cream at Joséphine, Barcelona, Spain.

As sometimes happens, I was too busy eating and talking to photograph the starter salads, one Caesar, one mixed, both fresh, crispy, and delicious. Had a few cocktails after the meal while enjoying a woman singer who provided entertainment. And the people watching here is another bonus. A great experience while visiting Barcelona.