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  1. I loved strolling along Las Ramblas, straight off the seafront. The tree-shaded street with its pedestrian area in the centre was protected from the hot sun.
  2. I loved the street performers, the painted human statues and all the artists who took their work seriously, even if they had a queue. It was good to see that they cared more about the results than the money.Costa cruise 088 (Medium)
  3. I loved the Information people stood around in uniform, giving free Information and Directions to the tourists. What a good idea!Costa cruise 060 (Medium)
  4. I loved the old restaurant, Café de L’Opera de Barcelona, where we had local beer and tapas for lunch. It still has the original décor dating back to 1929 and the waiter became very chatty when he realised that we could speak Spanish. I learnt a lot about the Basque way of life.Costa cruise 067 (Medium)
  5. I loved the Metro system. It’s cheap, clean and easy to use with lots of stations.
  6. I loved the young beggar stood by the ticket machine, telling people how to work it in different languages. For 9.50 euros on his recommendation we had a ticket that allowed us both to travel around. And he’d earned his 50 cents’ change!Costa cruise 028 (Medium)
  7. I loved the Sagrada Familia, the church a few stops along on the Metro. They’re still working frantically to finish Gaudi’s masterpiece which was started in 1882!Costa cruise 036 (Medium)
  8. I loved Gaudi’s Casa Battlo, which was built in 1877 and refurbished in 1904, along the road beyond Las Ramblas. We walked there, then we hopped down on the Metro for the couple of stops back to the beginning of Las Ramblas.Costa cruise 047 (Small)
  9. I loved the market and all the shops along each side of Las Ramblas and beyond. Although they’re in the heart of Tourist Land, their prices are reasonable.
  10. I loved the party atmosphere everywhere. It’s so great to see crowds of people all enjoying themselves. And it’s like that there every day. Oh, if only it was like that in my Sussex town!

Sadly, we only had a day in Barcelona, but I‘d love to go back to spend longer there and explore the area more!

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.