Sunday, March 29, 2009

Back in Barcelona...

We landed in Spain about 20 minutes early. This was despite a 30+ minute delay in NY-JFK. It seems that a passenger's father died (somewhere else) during the boarding process. So, they got the phone call shortly after boarding the plane. And, they opted to rush off. The delay was due to finding and removing their luggage -- an unfortunate situation but certainly one of the most justifiable delays I've ever experienced.

Otherwise, the flight was uneventful. The first class (BusinessElite) cabin was more empty than full. The plane was loaded... loaded... with leisure travelers heading for cruises in Barcelona (looked like mostly NCL Jade passengers today, as our cruise doesn't leave until tomorrow).

Anyway, sure, that's also technically what we are as well in this context. Leisure travelers. Mere tourists. Whatever. But, I have the added advantage of being a Delta Platinum frequent flier. So, it's "champagne, orange juice, mimosa?" for us. Libby, of course, thinks this is how I always travel. I wish. Domestic "first class" upgrades are little better than coach with more leg room these days. But, I digress.

After a short taxi ride, we made it to our hotel by 8:30. We were able to check-in immediately. That's always a bonus.

The Gallery Hotel is in a great location (knew it would be). The room is very smartly designed, relatively spacious (by Euro hotel standards), and uber-clean. It also has free WiFi Internet access (bonus #2). All in all, that's pretty great for about $130 per night. Here's a photo of the room:

Ok... we're off to have fun in Barcelona (despite slightly cool and wet weather).

I will, of course, write more later. It's a blog after all.

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