Since Jade asked for it, I'd like to write a little about my recent Barcelona trip with my boyfriend. We did mostly the normal tourist stuff, for a German gothic guide to Barcelona I recommend you Der schwarze Planet. I actually planned to visit the secret Forrest bar near La Rambla, but forgot... -.-
Let's start chronologically: We started with a day in the old town. Actually with La Rambla, the famous walking mile from the inner city to the harbor! Really nice, but also very touristic. I'd never eat there again, the food was expensive and not that good. What did I expect on the street with the highest pickpocket rate?
If you walk down La Rambla, watch out for Art Noveau buildings on both sides. Very pretty! There are even small squares (like Place royal on the left, a little hidden) and the famous roofed Market La Bouqeria St. Josep on the right. There is a huge selection of food (fruit, veggies, sweets, meat, fish...) and if you walk 20m from the entry, the prices drop remarkably. We got some cut fruits for 1 Euro per package and it was ripe and delicious!
La Rambla ends at the harbor which is really pretty as well. We spent some time there watching boats and walking in the sun! If you walk along the harbor to the left, you end up at the beach!
We went back into the city to walk through the Barri gotic (which is the old quarter and has nothing to do with gothic except the time of build). This is really nice with small streets, old houses and little shops everywhere!
There is also the great cathedral with a inner square. There are geese kept there as guardians against robbers and foreign soldiers! There are also a lot of statues and decorations and the entry is free before midday.
After strolling through the streets we switched sites and walked to the right of la Rambla into el Raval. This is the new trend quarter with plenty of hip and alternative stores. We ended up buying shirts with low editions and handouts of the original meaning written by the author. You should definitively pay Raval a visit, we loved it!
In Raval we also visited Bibian Blue Boutique ( Ronda de Sant Antoni, 27, 08011 Barcelona, Spain), which has a in person store there! It was really nice to see all the corsets in person and even some of the upcoming fall/winter collection! Unfortunately, I seem to be to big for them and they only had one corset in my size there. So I'll end up ordering on the Internet like everyone else...
That was it for the first day!