On our way to Barcelona
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At 15.30 we met at Schiphol Airport. The flight was short, but when we were almost there, they said we were going to land at Lissabon Airport. Though, while repeating the message in English, they said we were going to land in Barcelona. It caused a bit of a chaos, but luckily we left the plain in Barcelona, like we planned. The airport had unfortunately very filthy toilets. After receiving our luggage, which took a while, we went with the train, the Renfre, to the center of Barcelona.
We walked from the Passeig de Gracia to our hotel. We passed Casa Mila and Casa Batllo, both build by Antoni Gaudi. Casa Mila, also known as La Pedrera, is marked by strange chimney's with within it stairs and waterreservoirs. The pavement of the Passeig de Gracia is also designed by Gaudi. All designs were inspired by living organisms of some sort. Casa Batllo is very colourful and has a roof that looks like it came from a dragon from a Harry Potter movie. Next to Casa Batllo are Casa Amatller by Puig i Cadafalch (19th century CE) and Casa Lleo Morera by Domenech i Montaner. Together with Casa Batllo they form the so called Passeig de Gracia de Manzana de la Discordia. Casa Amatller has a staircase gable (trapgevel), like the characteristic houses of Amsterdam. In the Passeig the Gracia are marble bench seats designed by Falques, with metal streetlanterns sticking out of it at the top.
At the Plaça de Catalunya we found the famous store El Corte Inglés. There were a lot of fountains and statues on the square, like 'the Motherhood' by Vincenç Navarro. After crossing it we reached La Rambla, the road to the sea. This used to be a creek, draining the water from Barcelona to the sea. These days it is a broad sidewalk, in the shadow of big trees. Our hotel was located here; Hotel Lloret at the Rambla Canaletes 125.
We were exhausted by our journey, so we went to eat tapas in the Cervazeria next to the hotel. The waiter surprised us with different dishes of meat and fish and it was delicious. Unfortunately it was also very expensive.