Today we were determined to exert ourselves only as much as it took us to walk to the beach. On the way, we stopped at a small shop. The owner, an Indian, immediately approached us and spoke to us in German then French before trying English. Hitting upon the correct language, he began describing, in flawless English tinged only with a slight eastern accent, his wares. I noticed he did this with anyone who walked in. I was impressed with his fluency in multiple languages. I'm sure it helped his sales.
I'm also sure his aggressive, "I will sell you something even if I have to promise my firstborn to you" sales strategy helped as well. I saw a pair of salt and pepper shakers made out of porcelan covered in a Gaudi mosaic design. They were shaped like two people embracing each other. They were so charming that I was determined to buy them. After I returned from the beach.
The man was equally determined that I buy them before I left his shop. "Those are fifteen euros."
Fifteen euros? That was fair. I was definitely going to buy them, but I was not going to lug them to the beach.
I said, "Thank you. I will come back later and buy them."
"Twelve euros!" The man said.
"Yes. I want them. I will come back and get them."
"Ten euros. Here, you take them now."
"I will return this afternoon and get them. I'm going to the beach and I don't want to bring them there."
I held up my towel and bag as proof.
"You may have these for eight euros. Take them now!" He put them in my hand.
Hmmm...."I'll take them now for five euros."
"You may have them for six euros."
Lisa and I soon left the store and made our way to the beach. Me holding not only my towel and bag but some carefully wrapped porcelain figures.
Barcelona has its own Arc de Triomf. Not as big as Paris's Arc de Triomphe, but still impressive. Barcelona's Arc de Triomf (Catalonion spelling) was built as the main access to the World Fair in 1888.
|The fair city of Barcelona is glad to provide facilities for all, including the less modest. Hence the "open air" urinals.|
Thus endeth our second day in Barcelona. The next we had recovered our energy and were ready to see the town.
Arc de Triomf