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  • Day7

    Park Guell

    March 8, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 59 °F

    Got to one of Antoni Gaudi's most famous houses up close. Me and Lia were late of course so we had a little over an hour to spend there. I loved all the different colors and shapes used in the architecture. The park is another great space for a picnic, hike or jogging & biking overlooking BarcelonaRead more

  • Day2

    Tag im Park Güell und auf den Rambla

    February 8, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Heute waren wir im Park Güell, wirklich sehenswert. Hatte ich bei meinen vielen Besuchen in Barcelona bisher nicht gemacht. Dann haben wir die Metro in die Stadt genommen und sind noch etwas rumgebummelt.Read more

  • Day76

    Escola Baldiri Reixac

    November 12, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    An elementary school located in the middle of Antonio Gaudí’s Parc Güell. Imagine having your school day observed by over 3 million visitors each year. At least the grounds are inspiring. I learned that the older students work on English presentation and conversation skills to be able to interact and share information with the tourists who walk through the park.
    (Sorry, this is a repost - Geoff)
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  • Day22

    Park Guell

    March 1, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Al mediodia fuimos a caminar y conocer el Park Guell. Como el dia seguia muy agradable recorrimos el parque, viendo en el camino mas obras de Gaudi, y al final de la visita nos quedamos y almorzamos tambien alla.

    A la tarde las compras de ultimo momento, y ya nos queda preparar todo y salir a cenar de despedida de estas vacaciones.
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    Milu Zubiria

    Que les deben haber pasado volando. Tantas cosas tan diferentes pero todas hermosas.

    3/1/19Reply
     
  • Day5

    Geizig und bequem...

    January 1, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    ...diese Kombi wurde heute bestraft 😕.
    Mein Flieger geht morgen früh 6:00 Uhr, auch wenn ich bereits online eingecheckt und kein Gepäck abzugeben habe, sollte man ca. eineinhalb Stunden vor Abflug am Airport sein, man weiß nie wie groß der Stau beim Sicherheitscheck ist und der Airport in Barcelona ist groß, da läuft man unter Umständen ein Stück bis zum Gate.
    Also dachte ich mir, spar die Kosten für das Hotel (Geiz), fahr kurz nach Mitternacht mit dem letzen Shuttle Bus zum Airport. Suche mir dort ein gemütliches Plätzchen und mach die Augen zu bis der Flieger geht (manchmal vergesse ich wie alt ich bin und das mein Körper ein wenig Bequemlichkeit braucht). Deshalb war das Hotel nur bis heute gebucht.
    Irgendwie hab ich es mir vor 14 Tagen dann doch anders überlegt (wie vernünftige), fand die zu überbrückende Zeit in der Nacht dann doch heftig. Also doch noch ne Übernachtung buchen. Blöd, mein Hotel war ausgebucht 😕.
    Also für die letzte Nacht eine andere Herberge, diesmal in der Altstadt, ein Katzensprung vom Palau de la Música Catalana entfernt, dort habe ich heute Abend noch etwas vor.
    Also heute morgen auschecken und der Rucksack muss mit. Ich hätte sicher fragen können, ob ich ihn später abholen kann oder ihn schon im neuen Hotel unterstellen können, die meisten Hotels haben dafür einen Raum und bieten das an. Ich war aber zu bequem/faul da hin und her zu kutschen, also mitgenommen. Sieben Kilo, ich weiß jetzt, warum der Typ, als ich mir den Rucksack nur ansehen wollte (hatte kein Gefühl für 40l), so auf einem passenden Hüftgurt und der Rückenlänge rumgehackt hat. Ich wollte doch nur nen Rucksack, der bei den meisten Airlines als Handgepäck durchgeht.
    Der Hüftgurt hatte heute Premiere und ich war so dankbar dafür. Der setzt das Gewicht auf die Hüften und es hängt nicht an den Schulter. Einen stillen Dank an den geduldigen Verkäufer, Frau lernt nie aus.
    Von der U-Bahn bis zum Park sind es 1,4 km sehr, sehr, sehr steil bergauf (mein Schrittzähler sagt, ich hab 19 Stockwerke überwunden).
    Solltet ihr den Weg jemals gehen, denkt daran, wie ich mich mit meinen sieben Kilo auf dem Buckel gefühlt hab.
    Lehrgeld für heute. In Zukunft sollte ich das besser überdenken und planen. Bin jetzt aber froh, dieses Bett noch zu haben, für ein wenig Schlaf und ne Dusche.

    PS: Den Brustgurt am Rucksack fand ich viel interessanter. Der hat in der Schnalle eine integrierte Trillerpfeife. Das fand Frau oder das Kind in mir viel spannender 😂😉. Habe sie schon ausprobiert, zu Hause, funktioniert 😉👍🏻😂.
    Wenn ich im Großstadtdschungel verloren gehe oder mir jemand was am Kopf tun will, kann ich pfeifen 👍🏻.
    Jetzt sitzen hoffentlich alle mit einem breiten Grinsen da... und ich gehe zum Abendprogramm mit Kultur über.
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    Jana Keilholz

    👀schön, dir zuzuschauen 😘 ...wir wünschen noch ein schönes neues, gesundes, glückliches und erfülltes neues Jahr. 🍀🎉🦄

    1/1/17Reply
     
  • Day4

    Are you insta-ready?

    June 10, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    On Monday evening we had booked tickets to enter the ticketed area of Parc Guell. We'd briefly visited the Parc on Saturday afternoon but realised that we would have to come back in order to see all we really wanted to.

    For me, Parc Guell was important as it was the iconic images of the two ginger-bread house style buildings and the curved mosaic wall that had been my image of Barcelona for as long as I could remember. I needed to see it from all the best angles in order to recreate the shot I'd seen time and time again on postcards and travel guides. This brings me neatly to my main theme of insta-readiness.

    Let's start at the beginning. Since the dawn of the handheld camera, it rapidly became the norm for people to take holiday snaps and capture a snapshot in time of themselves in a place of significance. As a photographer I've always seen the importance of documenting moments, recording them for the sake of history and for the recollection of memories in later life. Then came the phone camera and at around the same time social media and the dreaded 'selfie'. Whilst selfies are still popular, since the advent of Instagram, a new form of photography appears to have emerged and it's an obsession with getting an insta-worthy shot. This can't be just a standard snap of you stood in front of a landmark nor a handheld selfie. Oh no. A lot of thought goes into an Instagram shoot. Follow any of the big instagrammers and you'll know this, as often they'll provide behind the scenes videos and shots detailing how they got 'the money shot'. As a side note, the term 'money shot' is a term coined by the film industry and is the shot that really makes the film and therefore is considered to be the one that will bring in all the money. It can also mean the shot that cost a disproportionate amount of the films budget to create. My point here is that these insta 'money shots' aren't made to make money. However, often they may depict individuals in locations they've paid a lot of money to get to and know they've only got one shot to get this image! Regardless, the shots aren't to make money, they're made for 'likes'.

    You can spot an instagrammer by the following attributes: they will have planned their outfit and it will perfectly compliment their surroundings in terms of style and colour; they will have a photographer (it can simply be a trusty friend - the good ones work in pairs); they will almost definitely take a shot with their backs to the camera and rarely take shots looking directly into camera. They need something candid. Creating 'candid' always look ridiculous to any onlooker but what could be more candid than having your back to the camera as if you didnt know it was there?

    Parc Guell on Monday night was the perfect exemplification of a swarm of instagrammers all fighting to get the perfect shot and likely none of them succeeding. For starters, a large area of the grounds is being renovated at the moment and therefore space was limited and the perfect wide shot from the postcards was unobtainable. Secondly, whilst the sun was perfectly behind us, it was low and therefore casting shadows on the subjects whether it be their own photographers or other people. Thirdly, time was of the essence. A new swarm arrives every 30 minutes and whilst the majority of people are polite and take their turns, a select few hog the favoured spots and simply refuse to leave their chosen spot until they're satisfied they've got the perfect shot. When did we all become such perfectionist image makers?

    This mildly stressful situation aside, our visit to Parc Guell was a good one. The weather was gorgeous and we enjoyed walking around the grounds before and after our 'insta-shoot'. Recognising the limitations (listed above), Kate and I went old school and simply made sure we had a number of nice snaps, depicting us in the photogenic surroundings. But yes, I did dress in attempt to compliment the backdrop that day and we did attempt a candid, back to camera shot. I'm not proud but at least I was insta-ready. Were you?
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    Simon James

    Wow incredible photos, so beautiful. Plus never knew about the instra-ready candid stuff, have seen it and never understood the back to the camera shots until now, photography lesson 101

    6/13/19Reply
     
  • Day4

    To the boat!

    February 24, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 6 °C

    Sunday was another beautiful sunny day in Barcelona. Tory and Roger got up and had walked 2 hours by the time the bus left for the ship. Brian and I slept in (hopefully the end of the jet lag). Our plans to go to the Picasso Museum went awry.

    It was a short bus trip to the ship and a longish wait in line to be processed. The Norwegian Spirit is a larger ship than Brian and I are used to. Our room has lots of storage and wonders of wonders, a shower door instead of a flimsy curtain. By the time we got on board and settled, it was mid-afternoon so we spent the rest of the day exploring the ship and unpacking.

    Only the large Windows restaurant was open for dinner and it was busy. We started working our way through the “wines by the glass” list as we have the beverage package. We drank a very nice Tempanrillo. Dinner was very nice. Brian and I had beef medallions.

    The opening night entertainment was a fairly painful introduction of the ships officers, the program staff and a snippet of 3 upcoming acts. We were glad to head off to bed.
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  • Day5

    Hop-On Hop-Off - Part 1

    January 4, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    After logging in 8,000-13,000 steps each day (about 6-9 km), we decided to splurge on the Barcelona Touristic Hop-On-Hop-Off bus and give the old guy a much needed break! It cost 25 euros each, about $37, and you get a 4 hour tour of major areas in Barcelona. Our plan was to first see Park Guell, a 30 acre park that Gaudi was designing as kind of a gated community. Only 2 houses were built as work was interrupted by World War I but there are still some remnants of Gaudi’s mosaic works. I tried to buy advance tickets but Visa put a freeze on my card for suspected fraudulent use (straightened that out at the end of the day). So we took a chance and hopped/hobbled off the bus at the Park Guell stop, unaware that there was a 20 minute uphill hike to the park entrance. Unfortunately, tickets were sold out for the day but we were still able to walk through the forested areas, just not the Gaudi work that we came to see. The paths are paved and there were buskers so it was a nice break from the city. The rest of the day we just rode on the upper level of the double decker bus and enjoyed seeing parts of the city that we likely wouldn’t have gone to. It was sunny and the temperature was 21, so a perfect day for sightseeing.Read more

  • Day17

    Park Güell

    September 9, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Heute morgen waren wir mal kurz im Park Güell.
    Da wir bis um 14 Uhr unseren Mietwagen abgeben mussten hatten wir aber leider nicht besonders viel Zeit hier.
    Wir hatten im Vorfeld schon viel über den park gehört und wollten ihn deswegen trotz der begrenzten Zeit einmal kurz besuchen. So sind wir dann für vielleicht eine halbe Stunde durch den kostenlosen Bereich geschlendert und das hat schon gereicht um uns komplett für den Park zu begeistern.
    Man kommt von der lauten Stadt in den Park und fühlt sich direkt wie in einer anderen Welt und spürt deutlich das der Park nicht einfach nur angelegt wurde sondern von einem Künstler geplant und gestaltet wurde.
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  • Day5

    Our first sea day

    February 25, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 4 °C

    Our first sea day was a mixed bag of activities. Roger and Tory got a lumpy bed and spent some time getting that resolved. Brian and I did a little dancing and we all did too much drinking!

    It looks like this will be a good cruise for dancing and music. There is a Latin band that plays regularly and the dance floor is a pretty good size. This is also a younger crowd and so there is lots of pop music too.

    The passengers are a mix of European (the majority?), North Americans, and Middle Eastern. The age range is Baby to frail seniors so quite the mix. We hear lots of languages every day.

    Our major feat of the day was winning the trivia contest, paired up with two young men from the Okinawa Valley. The questions focussed on the ‘80s so we were glad to have them on our team. As Tory pointed out, we were too busy raising kids and working to notice what colour Mrs. Pac-Man was.

    In the evening we attended “A Salute to Motown” by the Soul Sensations. They made up in style and enthusiasm what they lacked in voice and were quite entertaining.
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