Thursday, April 18, 2013

La Rambla

Souvenirs, Haggling and Gaudi at La Rambla

La Rambla is a street in Barcelona that is notorious for tourism, as well as pick-pocketing. It's one of the best places to find souvenirs and post cards. You can haggle with many of the English-speaking merchants of souvenir shops to get prices up to half off. If you think an item isn't worth the tagged price, it probably isn't, and the merchants obviously know this too. Many of them expect you to haggle or will even initiate it, so paying full price can be a big waste. For example, I got a 6 euro wallet for 4 euros and my friend Christy was able to get two 12 euro T-shirts for 10 euros each, even though they were already reasonably priced. (Warning: the merchants might actually try to chase you down while shouting out their best deal if you try to leave without purchasing something).

This street gets very crowded on the weekends. Mind your money!

Antoni Gaudi is one of the most famous architects in Barcelona, and the locals love him. Some of his buildings are located near La Rambla. See the link below for more of his work.

Gaudi's curvy ingenuity. 
More Gaudi

Sculptures and other Architecture

The Cathedral

The Mayor's House

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