We have just returned from a long weekend trip to Barcelona. It is a city we would recommend you visit however please be very aware of pickpockets. The travel guides warn you about pickpockets and bag snatchers around the Las Ramblas area of which we were mindful. However on Sunday at 5.15 in the afternoon we were approached by two young girls who inferred that they were Italian, spoke English and said they were lost. It was on a street called Via Laietana and not far from a police station. We were relaxed having had a good day at the beach and thought that we could help out as they seemed plausible, not your idea of the stereotypical thieves. How wrong we were, they had a map which was in two parts and was used by them to hide the fact that whilst one girl spoke to me underneath one piece of the map the other girl unzipped my bag, took out my purse, removed the notes then placed my purse back into my bag. I noticed that they had been in my bag before they were able to zip it up again. They denied that they had touched me or had gone into my purse. They are very good and very fast. They obviously only take notes and no personal stuff. We think that the idea is they believe you won't know what has happened or when you lost your money. We felt stupid that we had got ourselves into this situation and let our guard down. So take note of the advice don't carry too much money in your bag, put some into your pocket; don't trust anyone and keep your wits about you at all times not only when walking through Las Ramblas.