Subject: Re: Hotel Meson Castilla in Barcelona

From my experience in Barcelona a little over a year ago, the area around the Placa de Catalunya is very upscale and quite safe. The areas that can get a little dicey, especially at night, are at the bottom of Las Ramblas, and the pier area La Barceloneta. Las Ramblas is one of the most delightful urban strolls in the world (IMHO), especially in the morning and then again during the evening paseo. La Barceloneta is the old sailors' district which has been developed now into a late night party district for club and disco-hopping youth. Pickpocketing can be a problem all over Barcelona.

Spend your Sunday morning dancing in front of the Cathedral and the afternoon in the Park GŁell!

Joel, in autumn-like Chicago