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VISITING BARCELONA (2)
As a matter of fact Barcelona is such an interesting city that if you are visiting Paris for a few weeks you should consider taking the night train there for a short visit. Even if it is just for a weekend I think it would be well worth the trip. The night train Elipsos (formerly called Talgo) leaves Paris at 20h41 and arrives at the Barcelona Franca station at 08h24 the next morning (June 2011 time-table) giving you a leisurely start to your Spanish holiday. And if you happen to be in Madrid, it would be a pity not to come to Barcelona as it takes only slightly more than two and a half hours with the high-speed AVE trains.
However, those of you who have been studying Spanish and who hope to make full use of it, will be in for a disappointment as Catalan is spoken everywhere instead of Castellano (Spanish). In fact all public signboards and road names are in Catalan (and not in Spanish) which makes some words unpronounceable.
A single subway/bus ticket costs 1.45 euros but if you are going to make more than three trips think of buying the T10 ticket (costs 8.25 euros) from the very beginning as it is valid for 10 trips and so works out to only 82 euro centimes per trip (prices are valid for Year 2011). Another advantage in buying the T10 ticket is that, unlike the single-trip tickets, you can combine metro + bus and count it as only one trip if your travel time doesn't exceed 1 hour and 15 minutes. But don't leave the metro station for 5 minutes to buy something and get into it again. This will count as a second trip!
The pulse of the city is undoubtedly La Rambla (used to be called Las Ramblas until Catalan took over) which stretches all the way from Plaza Catalunya to Port Vell.
And one of the not-to-be-missed highlights at La Rambla is the famous and immense Boqueria market. It is so immense that you will find a stand selling nothing but eggs, another selling only mushrooms and a third selling nothing but jelly sweets made from every fruit imaginable. My favourite stall is the one selling exotic fruit juices and cut fruit (photo above).
The Barcelona of Antoni Gaudí