Barcelona, Day 1: Park Güell

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Hill from Lesseps station to Parc Guell

I got to Barcelona in the early afternoon and headed over to the train station.  I bought a T-10 pass for the metro (definitely worth it) and took the train into the city.  My first move was to check into the Chic and Basic Tallers.  I was immediately impressed with the hotel, where I was shown to my adorable, comfortable room and told to feel free to come back down and make myself an afternoon snack.  

I decided my first excursion would be to Park Güell, so off I went on the green line to the Lesseps station.  My guidebook had suggested this route; though it never mentioned the hill I had to hike up to get to the park.  It is only approximately 200m, but it directly uphill, with only portions of it with stairs or escalators.

Parc Güell
 Honestly, I had to stop halfway up the hill to buy a bottle of water.  I later found out that there is a bus that runs from Plaza Catalunya to the entrance of the park.  But, I digress.

The park was beyond my expectations.  I think the best descriptor is the word “enchanting”.  The terraced plaza area was packed full of people reclining on the iconic serpentine mosaic benches.  I was breathless while wandering the columns below the terrace, marveling at the uniqueness of each mosaic.  The front entrance’s whimsical appearance gave the area a welcoming and fun atmosphere.  My favorite part was probably the arched pathways.  There was just something about the shapes and shadowing that was utterly sensual and romantic.

I also visited the Gaudi museum in the park.  (see review)

Needless, to say, I went back to my hotel completely exhausted.  Luckily, I had a fantastic, comfy bed to fall into.

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