Well, it’s “So long, Barcelona” and “Hello, Roses!” One of the cool things about Barcelona was the various tiling done on the sidewalk pavement.
This is very common all through the downtown area.
This is used more away from the downtown area.
The third one, I only saw in front of Casa Batllo. In La Rambla and along the waterfront, there were rather neat rectangular cobbles but it was either take a picture or catch my bus.
I was very lucky with my hotel, Catalonia Sagrada Familia. My room may have been small but my balcony was the largest one in the whole hotel. I wondered how I would mark it in the picture but then realized the sun had done it for me. My balcony was pretty much as big as my bedroom area. The staff was really great, too — very helpful. It seems pretty much standard in Barcelona that elevators are small and airless unless they’re in a very modern building.
Something else I really liked was where in sections of the downtown where they had beautiful old lamp stands, they incorporated the traffic lights in a very unobtrusive way.
The one thing that had concerned me about getting the train out of Barcelona was all the stairs in the underground before getting to the train part of the station but at every set of stairs, some kind man would politely grab my suitcases and put the, at the bottom for me until I came to a ramp and then there were elevators down at the train level. Even at the bus station in Figueres, someone put my suitcases in the compartment under the bus for me when the driver just shook his head, turned his back, and climbed on the bus. He is the only person I’ve met so far who has been rather grumpy and uncommunicative. I wasn’t sure where I would get off in Figueres so I showed him my ticket and address when I got on the bus and he just looked straight through the paper and ignored me. Fortunately, I sat beside a lovely young lady who spoke English and knew Roses very well and told me two options for getting to my hotel. (Nevertheless, I kept true to form and spent about an hour looking for the hotel (so I’ve already seen a lot of the town) despite doing what everyone told me to do.) I finally sat down and had a rather late lunch and it turns out I was only one block away from my hotel.
This room is definitely about location — it is definitely without a view; however, the beach is literally across the road and breakfast is included. The Wi-Fi here seems to be pretty slow and sometimes the signal isn’t very strong, so for now I guess it’s just blogging and email.
This is the view. What you see is the whole courtyard and the lady in the room across opened her window to wring out bathing suits into it. There are nicer rooms, it’s just that they’re all booked. Of course, there’s no safe in the room, no ice or coke machine on site (they have their own restaurant downstairs after all), but they did kindly give me a container of ice (no little refrigerator or wine cooler like in the last place) and I’m using the tiniest glass from the bathroom but the room includes breakfast and ahh, the location!! Great beach but check out the castle I’m going to visit up on the hill!
It seems every town I’ve been through so far or passed on the bus has a La Rambla — an outdoor shopping mall that goes through narrow inter-connecting alleyways — and Roses is no exception. After settling into my room, I set out and took a lot of pictures and wandered La Rambla (not too far from my hotel, though), an even found a place where for €12 I can have Turkish fish called Garrarufa eat the dead skin off my feet and make them feel really good! We’ll see.