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October 30th, 2003 – by: rosemary_mcandrew
For many Barcelonans, the night finishes at 7am.
However we had had a long day sorting out things in London, so we heading straight for our accomodation. We stayed in the Barri Gotic area, which is right in the centre of town and is a maze of narrow winding century old streets with lots of bars, eateries and pensions.
The following day we started exploring Barcelona. We walked down Las Ramblas, the wide tree lined pedestrian boulevard which extends all the way to Barcelona harbour.
Also along Las Ramblas is a huge fresh food market filled with exotic fruit and vegetable stalls, bread, cheese, and tapas stalls. It is very big and bustling filled with locals buying their fresh produce. There are also a lot of meat stalls where you can buy all sorts of cuts of meats, including whole piglets, and birds with their feathers still on. There was a whole line of pidgeons strung up for sale.
At the far end of Las Ramblas is one of Barcelona's landmarks - a huge column with a statue of Christopher Columbus on top.
Barcelona is famous for its Modernista buildings. The most well known Modernist was Gaudi. He was a designer and architect from the late 1800s/early 1900s and is work is very different to say the least. He was commissioned todesign many apartments in Barcelona, some of which are open to the public. We visited one of the apartments called La Pedrera, which was left in its original state. It was a quite opulent apartment with no straight lines anywhere. On the roof were many strange chimneys.
We also visited La Sagrada Familia. This is another of Gaudi's designs. It is a huge cathedral in Barcelona, again of very unconventional design, however it is still unfinished.
We also visited Guell park, which is another of Gaudi's works. It was a park full of very odd designs, lots of multi-cooured small buildings inspired by Hansel and Gretel, and a long serpentine bench inlaid with coloured pieces of glass. It was all quite unique. It was raining quite heavily, and as usual, we didn't thing to bring an umbrella.
We also visited the Olympic site which is on one of the surrounding mountains called Montujic, as well as another Barcelona landmark, the Eglesia Catedral e la Santa Creu. As is often the case at many places, the church was beign renovated which didn't really make for a great picture. The square in front of the church was full of beggars and street performers.
Spain is full of tapas barss where you can go in and have a quick snack or a huge meal made up of lots of little snacks. You are spoilt for choice with all sorts of mouth watering food options like calamari, prawns, olives, mussels, bruschetta with different toppings, marinated meats, snails, pieces of spicy sausage, chick peas - actually anything really!
We had a great time in Barcelona and will definitely be back.
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