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  • Day6

    Montjiuc - Barcelona, Spain

    August 26, 2016 in Spain

    Literally translates to Jew Mountain, named for the Jewish cemetery that used to be on its slopes. I got on a train that carried me up part of the mountain and then began to walk. I visited the Botanical Gardens that were there as well as the Olympic stadium of the '92 Olympics. The architecture of the stadium is like the rest of Barcelona, a crazy mixture of modern and classic.

  • Day6

    Crashed... - Barcelona, Spain

    August 26, 2016 in Spain

    I got tired. I crashed. I totally deserve these 15 minutes of nothing in the grass in this perfect weather after all the uphill walking I just did. So I'm just gonna chill for a bit before I continue. Lets all cross fingers that I manage to get up...

  • Day12

    Heat death in Barcelona

    July 20, 2015 in Spain

    This was our first full day in Barcelona. We'd had a bit of a leisurely start, enjoying the excellent breakfast buffet in the hotel, but when we set off for the day's activities we felt that the heat was not too bad; little did we know how our opinion would change over the course of the next few hours!

    First we went to see a famous Gaudi building - La Pedrera (Casa Milà) which was a 20 minute walk from our hotel. It is quite 'organic' looking (typical Gaudi) and you can go inside but it costs €20 per person and since we had no idea what was to be seen inside we decided to save our money.

    Next we walked (another 20+ mins) to the Sagrada Familia. This is a large church (cathedral size) that was started in 1882, consecrated in 2010 and is still not finished! The overall design is by Gaudi and it looks - interesting... We hadn't bothered to pre-buy tickets online and the queue for tickets was incredibly long. We would have to queue for at least a couple of hours in the searing heat to go inside so we decided to forget that idea! By now we were all feeling the heat quite badly, especially Vick.

    We decided to head to Parc Güell. We caught the Metro (with the help of Citymapper) but at the far end we still had a 15+ minute walk up some horribly steep streets and steps (it was only later, on the way down, that we realised that if we had gone one street further on there were escalators almost the whole way - sigh!). By the time we got to the top we were all virtually dead!

    We strolled around the Parc and saw a few nice views but most of the (supposedly) interesting things were in an area that, yes you guessed it, you had to pay to go into! We had some cold drinks and decided to head back to the hotel to recuperate and have some lunch as it was getting very late.

    After showering we headed out to lunch at 16:00. We went to Happy Day Vegetariano; a vegetarian restaurant fairly close to our hotel. The food was excellent as was the accompanying (chilled) red wine; we left there at around 17:30 (a horribly late time to be finishing lunch). No sooner were we back at the hotel than we had to be thinking of when we needed to leave to get to dinner (booked for 20:30)!!!

    Dinner was at Ziryab, a fusion Tapas and Wine Bar. We had a small selection of interesting and tasty tapas (we were not that hungry due to our late lunch) and a bottle of decent Lebanese wine. After that it was back to the hotel to chill out for a bit before going to bed.
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  • Day13

    We managed to get up and out a bit earlier today. It was still hot, but manageable. Using the trusty Barcelona Metro, we made our way to Montjuic Castle via a short funicular railway ride and a trip in cable car. I am not too good with heights, but this was not too far up and the small gondolas were fully enclosed. It was better than walking anyway!

    At the top of the hill is Montjuic Castle. This is a military fortress dating back to the mid 17th century. It has been rebuilt and extended over the years, and equipped with cannons used to bombard Barcelona during various uprisings involving Catalan "rebels". As recently as the 1930s, political prisoners from both sides of the Spanish Civil War were held there, and many were executed.

    While looking round the Castle it is obvious why it was built, as there are good views all around and the steep slopes would make it difficult for any attackers. An informative display told the history of the castle over the centuries and was helpfully described in English alongside Castellan and Catalan.

    After we'd finished there we strolled down through Montjuic Park, a succession of gardens linked by pathways which gradually wind down the hillside. About halfway down we had the option to take the other cable-car to the beach area, but as it was described as "not for the faint-hearted" and looked to travel quite a way off the ground, we took a taxi instead!

    We had a light lunch (having learned from yesterday) then visited the Aquarium. There was a long queue to buy tickets so we were glad that we had bought ours online, and could walk straight in.

    It is a good-sized aquarium along the lines of the SeaWorld aquaria you get in the UK. Again, the displays were also in English so we were able to get the most out of our visit. After walking through a life-sized model of a sperm whale, we headed outside to buy an ice-cream and walk to the nearest Metro station for a short journey back to the hotel.

    We rounded off the day with a meal in a vegetarian Indian restaurant. It was quite small in a fairly unprepossessing street, with a very 'Indian' style of decor. We arrived just after it opened so it was empty, but within about 10 minutes several groups had arrived - including one with a tiny dog!

    All the food we ordered was very good, especially a Tikka Paneer dish and a Chana Masala, which was quite similar to the Sour Chickpeas we make at home. It was also very good value. Why aren't there more vegetarian restaurants back in the UK?
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  • Day24

    Arc House Hostel Barcelona

    July 17, 2016 in Spain

    The location of our hostel in Barcelona was amazing! We were right next to the Arc de Triomf, Barceloneta beach and most of Gaudi's buildings! On the first night we explored the area around us and then sat in the local park and drank Sangria. The next day we walked all around the city sightseeing and then in the afternoon we sat on Barceloneta beach sunbathing (and Ben had a dip in the sea). Only problem was that because it was quite breezey whilst we were on the beach we didn't realise how intense the sun was and we both got thoroughly sunburnt! That evening we enjoyed a pizza in front of Django Unchained in the hostel lounge! Wish we could have stayed longer!Read more

  • Day14

    All Good Things Come to an End

    July 22, 2015 in Spain

    Today was our last full day in Barcelona. We made a reasonably prompt start and headed for the Parc de la Ciutadella, a large public park near the Barceloneta area of the city. On the way we passed Casa Batlló, another Gaudi-designed building. This is quite different to La Padrera (Casa Milà), but also very expensive to go inside, so we took some photos of the exterior and proceeded to the park.

    We had a pleasant walk beneath the shady trees and round the lake. There were many juvenile Herring Gulls squabbling for bread thrown for them, and small parrots squawking loudly in the trees. The park contains a large cascade in front of a stone monument with steps either side, topped with a gaudy gold statue. The water was quite stagnant-looking and green, however after a short while the fountains were started and it all looked much more impressive.

    We then walked towards the Gothic Quarter via the Arc de Triomf, which was built as the main entrance to the 1888 Barcelona World Fair. We went on to the Palau de la Música Catalana, designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and built  between 1905 and 1908, at the height of the Art Nouveau movement. It was built specifically for the Orfeó Català, a choral society. It is not a very big building, so does not host full-scale orchestral or operatic works. Being in the Gothic Quarter it is very close to the neighbouring buildings, so the architect had to be very inventive with the use of glass to allow as much light as possible into the building. Inside and out it is decorated with flowers in mosaic and glass, very typical of the Art Nouveau style. We had a guided tour (the only way to view the inside of the building unless attending a performance), which was entertaining and informative.

    After a tasty lunch at Rasoterra, a vegetarian tapas restaurant, we decided to skip a scheduled trip to the Barcelona City History Museum, as we were feeling somewhat pooped by then, so we went back to our hotel. Unusually, the rooms had not been cleaned even though it was mid-afternoon by this time. Still never mind, as this gave us a reason to go to the rooftop bar for the last cocktail of our holiday!
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