Thursday, March 14, 2019

EUROPE 2019 - ROME

Barcelona Sants - Barcelona El Prat

Took the R2N train to Barcelona El Prat Airport. The train stop to Terminal 2 is quite a distance. From Terminal 2 took the shuttle to Terminal 1 for our flight to Rome.



Barcelona El Prat - Rome Fiumicino Airport

Departed@1224 (Vueling Airlines) after a delay (scheduled departure @1150) and gate change from A06 to A22. 


Fiumicino Aeroporto to Roma Termini

From the airport took the Leonardo Express train (non-stop) to Roma Termini.

Hotel Madison Rome

The hotel is just across the road from Roma Termini. Our reservation included breakfast. The room which is a bit dated has a walk-in closet, bath and shower, clean and comfortable bed. Wifi is ok.



City Sightseeing Roma

Opted for a 24hr ticket as we had identified all the places we planned to visit such as The Colosseum and Roman Forum stop no.3), Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain (stop no. 8). The bus stop (Terminal A) is very near to Roma Termini and our hotel.




Spanish Steps

During the sightseeing tour, we did not visit the Spanish Steps due to time constrain since we bought the 24hr ticket. So the next morning I went there using the Metro from Roma Termini. Got down at Spagna Metro Station and walked to the steps.




Hard Rock Cafe Rome

Situated between stop no. 7 (Piazza di Spagna) & 8 (Piazza Barberini). We got down at stop 7  and walked to the cafe. We boarded the bus at stop 8 to continue our tour. Trevi Fountain is near stop 8.


Halal Food Rome

There are plenty of halal eateries and souvenir shops around Roma Termini which are mostly manned by Bangladeshis.






Monday, March 11, 2019

EUROPE 2019 - BARCELONA

Madrid Atocha - Barcelona Sants

Departed Madrid Atocha - Barcelona Sants @1030 onboard Renfe AVE 3103. Comfortable seats, no WiFi but movie available for viewing.


Barcelona Sants Station

Reached Barcelona Sants as scheduled.



Parc de l'Espanya Industrial

Situated just beside the Barcelona Sants Station. The iconic iron dragon statue is clearly visible from the station.

Expo Hotel Barcelona

The hotel is across the road from Barcelona Sants Station. Booking made through booking.com. A decent size room with walk-in closet, tub, and shower, 42" TV. Fast and stable WiFi.

Barcelona City Tour

Took the 48hrs tour and focused on just 2 routes namely Red and Blue. Change from Red to Blue Route at Passeig de Gracia (one of the major avenues in Barcelona) stop. From here its a walking distance to La Rambla.




We started at this stop situated at the back of Barcelona Sants Station.


Camp Nou (FC Barcelona)

Stopped at Futbal Club Barcelona on the Blue Route.

The Basalica de la Sagrada Familia

Commonly known as Sagrada Familia, it is a large unfinished Roman Catholic minor basilica and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Barcelona.

HRC Barcelona

Located near the Placa de Catalunya stop on the Red Route.

Halal Restaurant

We found 2 halal restaurants in the vicinity of La Rambla.

Habibi Restaurant. The owner is very friendly and can even speak Malay. He also warned us about the famous pickpocket which is rampant in Barcelona.

Bombay Spicy. Situated a bit further from Habibi. The mineral water bottle is somewhat different.

Other places visited included Placa de Espana, World Trade Center, Port Olimpic, Port Veil, and Maremagnum.

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Street vendors near the Colom-Museu Maritim stop.

We finished our tour and returned back to the hotel to pack for our next destination.



EUROPE 2019 - ROME

Barcelona Sants - Barcelona El Prat Took the R2N train to Barcelona El Prat Airport. The train stop to Terminal 2 is quite a distance. Fr...