We retired early on our first evening in Barcelona and then awakened around 5am the next day. We were famished! So we exited our hotel and soon discovered that we had two problems: (1) It was not yet Dawn and Barcelona was still sleeping; and (2) most of the restaurants and cafes that eventually did open up did not serve full breakfasts. Apparently, most people in Barcelona just grab a cup of coffee and a pastry on the fly and that’s it for breakfast. We finally found a nice Basque restaurant called Txapela (the popular beret that Basque people wear is called a txapela) on the Placa de Catalunya that did serve bacon and eggs. Here are some pictures I took after our breakfast and before boarding our sightseeing bus.
Three lonely statues.
View from the steps leading down to the Placa de Catalunya Metro station.
An early bird finds an elbow.
The El Corte Ingles department store encompasses the entire northeast side of the square.
The Catalana Occidente Insurance Company building on the North corner of Placa de Catalunya. Passeig de Gracia starts on the left. Yes, that’s a McDonald’s down the block on the right. It was not yet open when we walked by looking for breakfast.
Statue at the entrance to the square across from the El Corte Ingles building.
Foliage at entrance to square opposite the BBVA building. Banco Bilobao Vizcaya Argentaria is the second largest bank in Spain.
This sculpture is near the steps leading down to the Tourist Information office. The Olivia Plaza Hotel is in the background.
These statues are near a pool on the south side of the square.
I didn’t see any pigeons in the square when I took my first shot of the day (see photo # 1 above). This shot was taken seven minutes later. Look at all the pigeons.
After our breakfast and walk around the square we rode on two sightseeing tour buses and walked down La Rambla. I’ll write about these adventures in my next three postings.