On to Barcelona…

14 01 2009

We arrived in Barcelona around 10pm on September 3, 2006.  I had used an online service to find an apartment here instead of a hotel — and it was great.  It was on Consell de Cent in the Eixample district.  We actually felt like we had our own little flat here…the apartment had a bedroom, living room, laundry, and a little kitchen.  Too bad we can’t stay here for a week!

The next morning we woke up early and made our way to the Parc Güell, stopping along the way for two cafés con leche and croissants con queso y jamón.  We made it to the park right as it was opening for the day and started wandering around.  We found trails all around, viaducts, random little things…almost hallucinogenic. 

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Chris on Tres Cruces

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We found great views of the city in the highest parts of the park.  From one point you could the Sagrada Familia.

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From another point, this.

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The details on the plaza were beautiful.

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After the park we walked over to the Sagrada Familia.  There’s something to shoot everywhere you look.  Here are just a few shots.

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We were both disappointed you could no longer walk up to the top but had to take the elevator — that trek was part of the fun!   You could still walk down though.

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Chris and I had both been here before, but never together.  Even without the stair experience, the view was still amazing.

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 After the Sagrada Familia we headed out to Camp Nou and the Museu of FC Barcelona.  We got to go inside the stadium and see the field…

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(or pitch, as Chris tells me)

…and then to the museum full of photographs showing just how huge fútbol is all over the world.  We also had a little fun in the store — FC Botiga.

Around 3pm, we decide to find lunch…plus, we’ve walked so much today I’m a little worn out and could use the rest.  I had picked a place off La Rambla but we could never find it, so we wandered around a bit and happened upon a place behind the Boquería called Ra.  We sat outside on the full patio and the food was pretty tasty.  I had gazpacho and then a chicken and rice dish and Chris had a squid soup and some kind of pureed melon drink.  Afterwards, Chris got in a siesta while I tried unsuccessfully to make a hotel reservation in Nice.  We wandered to a nearby diner-style restaurant for a simple dinner and prepared for an early morning train the next day.