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The Botanical Gardens with plants from every part of the world with a mediterranean climate.

When we have unpacked our things we go out to get some groceries. Supermarkets can be found in every street here, so this is a matter of a half an hour. The supermercado across the road of our appartment is a minimarket, really, but all the necessary things are available. Some things are a little more expensive here than in the bigger supermarkets in the main streets, but a canister containing 8 litres of water only sets us back one Euro and thirtyfive cents, so thats not too bad.

We don't have any real plans for today, but doing nothing isn't our style, so we go out for a walk. And as we wander about, after climbing quite some steps and taking a right, we get to the olympic stadium and the botanical gardens. We do not go in, but continue walking and we end up on top of the 173 metres high Mont Juíc.

Barcelona's harbour.
Here we find Castell de Montjuíc which was built in the 17th century and in those days troops were stationed here that used to beat down riots in the city with brute force. During the Franco regime it was infamous as it was used as a prison. Nowadays it is a military museum. We do not go in, but just look around outside and look at the city from above. On the other side of the hill lies the harbour, looking spectacular with its cruise ships and hundreds of freight containers.

On the way back to our appartment we pass the Olympic Stadium once again and now we dó go in. The stadium is in an excellent condition and the doors are wide open, so we can have a free look around. Only as far as the shops though, beyond the shops is off limits, which a guard will tell you in perfect Spanish (or is it Catalan?). English is not one of the common goods in Barcelona. We go outside again and stroll to the Palau San Jordi, that was the building where the indoor sports took place in 1992. At the moment there's a huge Herbalife convention going on, but we are allowed to have a look inside. The peptalk allmost makes me quit my dayjob and apply for a job.

We take a touristic route home and take it easy the rest of the day.

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The Botanical Gardens with plants …
The Botanical Gardens with plants…
Barcelonas harbour.
Barcelona's harbour.
Palau Naçional de Montjuïc, as s…
Palau Naçional de Montjuïc, as …
The view of the city from Castell …
The view of the city from Castell…
Castell de Montjuïc, the strongho…
Castell de Montjuïc, the strongh…
The 1992 Olympic Stadium.
The 1992 Olympic Stadium.
The entrance of the stadium, with …
The entrance of the stadium, with…
Palau San Jordi, the Olympic indoo…
Palau San Jordi, the Olympic indo…
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