Scrambled Emu anyone? There was going to be a point where we would brave the tourists and head to La Rambla. Of course, this being mid-...

BARCELONA EDITION: CENTRAL BARCELONA

July 25, 2012 Lauren Mahoney 0 Comments

Scrambled Emu anyone?

There was going to be a point where we would brave the tourists and head to La Rambla. Of course, this being mid-July meant that it was going to be busy. I first visited La Rambla back in my teenage years, and I remember birds. Lots and lots of birds. Sadly, this is no longer the case as many of those bird markets have been overtaken with coffee and patisserie stands, with just one or two remaining.

There is much to see and do off La Rambla and we visited twice over the week to spend time in the neighbourhoods around it (more of that to come). For me, the main attraction was La Boqueria, which during mid-morning, is filled to the rafters with tourists (and pickpockets) queueing right out onto the street. Of course this isn't an enjoyable way to experience a market, so we headed there early one evening, where we could move freely and look at all the produce on offer without wanting to stab anyone in the eye.

The 2* food at American Soda
We also encountered the worst restaurant we have never eaten at, Restaurant Ideal. To cut a long story short, we drank half of our 'Pepsi' and ran down La Rambla as fast as we could. Just look it up on Trip Advisor, you can't make that stuff up. We settled on a fairly average place called American Soda, and I bit my tongue in the name of hunger and reminded myself this is tourist central, and unless we could afford to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe three times a day, this was going to be the best La Rambla had to offer. They could of swept the floor under the table though, just saying.  We ended the walk with a fairly sub-par boat trip and went off to the Hard Rock Cafe for a smoothie. I resigned myself to the fact that a tourist area is a tourist area, and that we had lots of other areas to explore.

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