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Barcelona

Here you’ll find travel reports about Barcelona. Discover travel destinations in Spain of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.
  • Day15

    It was up early to catch an 8.30 fast train from Madrid to Barcelona with a travel time of only three hours. The walk to the train was only 20 minutes and the sun was just starting to rise as I walked. Many people were just heading home from enjoying tapas and the coffee shops were just starting to open.

    The train was very comfortable and smooth and as I watched the fastest speed I saw register was 298km/hr. The trip was soon over and I arrived in Barcelona. A short taxi to my hotel and I was in a nice modern and surprisingly roomy single room. I headed out to get my bearings and found I was only 5 minutes walk from one of the main tourist squares. I have been pleased with the location of all the hotels I have booked so far.Read more

  • Day15

    The walking tour guide recommended a visit to a nearby museum that has excavated Roman ruins down under the square we were standing in. It was also free entry from 6pm to 8pm so off I went. I went down the stairs to see a pretty special area of an excavated ancient fish processing plant. The remains of big round pottery urns were used to store fish. There were pillars from where the rooms stood and remnants of tile floors. Up above in an old church there was displays recreating the buildings below.Read more

  • Day73

    Hard to believe that after 72 days and 7000 kilometres of driving, today would be our last day in Spain. From that first, frazzled, jetlagged day in Madrid where we wandered fairly aimlessly still coming to terms with being in a cold European spring with our dog in tow, to now where we've embarked on a ridiculously optimistic journey. But first - more world heritage sites!

    We still had a few more to tick off, since the works of Gaudi entry on the list covers seven separate buildings. And we'd decided that even though La Sagrada Familia was the most important and well-known, we couldn't just leave it at that. A pair of houses Gaudi had designed were just near our apartment (well 10 minutes walk anyway), so we headed there first.

    Both were very touristy spots but still impressive. The first house, Casa Milla, was one that we'd actually visited in the rain on our first day, and now with bright sunshine it looked far more impressive and interesting. Shaped like a quarry, no internal load-bearing walls, and a revolutionary (for 1906) underground parking garage!

    The second house, Casa Battlo, was vaguely styled after the story of Saint George slaying the dragon. The front of the house had balconies and arches vaguely reminiscent of a dragon's jaws, a long tall central roof inspired by a serpent tail, and then a tower/pinnacle topped with the cross of St George, inspired by the lance he used to slay the dragon. Well, in the story anyway. Again very crowded and touristy, but looking good in the sunshine.

    Next was a long walk the opposite direction to a cafe we'd been recommended. It was typically a brunch cafe, but brunch in Spain happens any time between midday and 4pm, so given it was just after 12 we tucked in. I had a mushroom and spinach omelette, while Shandos had a salad.

    Last stop on the world heritage tour was Park Guell, a park partially designed by Gaudi in the hillier northern suburbs of Barcelona. It was originally conceived as a gated community for rich people, but only a couple of the plots had houses built, and after Gaudi and the financier died the area became a public park. Most of his landscaping and utility buildings are still there though, with the typical undulating surfaces, tiling and other similar flourishes. Very beautiful, and we spent a good couple of hours enjoying the sun and warmth. Schnitzel was a big attraction here, lots of attention and pats!

    Back to our apartment where we relaxed a couple of hours, before heading back out for dinner. Decided we had to have something Spanish for our last night in Spain, so ended up at a vermouth bar where we had a couple of vermouths and some tapas - beef cheek, hildas, cheese, and a couple of other things.

    Final stop was another craft beer bar, where I tried a mushroom beer. Very odd, not the greatest thing I've ever tasted! A mixture between mushroom risotto, liquid smoke and beer. Strange, not something I'd try again. Back to the apartment for a bit of packing and an early-ish night, as we were both feeling nervous about the long day of travel tomorrow. Particularly Schnitzel's first ride in a plane cabin!
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  • Day60

    I found Blabla Cars online. People offer seats in their car . We travelled with Jon and Fernandinho in Jons Black shiny Lexus. Hilarious young professional Spanish guys. Very dry country ,olives, fertile valleys growing fruits 🍒🍒 . Monseratt mountains , famous , stark, beautiful . 6 hour trip. My feet are twice normal size after 40 hours sitting 🙄

  • Day61

    Cathedral Gaudi's designed and actually lived here last years of his life. Very eccentric. Dedicated whole life to architecture and Jesus. I think he visited heaven..... look at the photos and see what you think??!incredible man ....

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Barcelona, Barcelone, Barcellona

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