El Barri Gotic, La Ribera and Park Guëll

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Today we started with walking on La Rambla. There were a lot of 'wooden shops' which selled souvernirs, news papers, flowers and pets and there were a lot of living statues. It started to rain very hard, so we buyed an umbrella on the streets and went to hide in El Teatre Poliorama. When it brightened up we wanted to go with the metro to the museum of Picasso. At the station Catalunya we buyed a dayticket, so we would be able to travel by metro the whole day. We were already through the gates, when we figured out we ought to be on the other platform. When we left through the gates and went to the other platform, our ticket unfortunately didn't work, so we decided to walk through the gothic district; El Barri Gotic.      

From la Rambla we went to the Plaça del Pi, with the Eglésia del Pi, a beautiful gothic church (14th century CE).

It had a square gable, a big rose window and a eight-angular tower for the bells. Unfortunately the interior was under construction.  

From here we went to the Plaça de Sant Jaume, with the renaissance Palau de la Generalitat and the neoclassical Town Hall. We could see the bridge in the Carrer del Bisbe from the square, the bridge connects the Palau de la Generalitat with the gothic residence of the Catalan president (1928 CE).

We made our way through the Carrer de Ciutat. While walking we passed the Fivaller-well (15th century CE) at the Plaça Sant Just i Pastor. This well was the first public well of Barcelona with running water.

When we came through the Via Laietana we had a beautiful view on the Tibidabo mountain with on it the Church of the Holy Heart. We crossed the street towards the Ribera district. Here, in the Carrer de Argentaria, we had a beautiful view of the Cathedral and her towers. We walked further towards the Santa Maria del Mar, a gothic -Catalan church by Berenguer de Montagut (14th century CE). The church was divided in three ships with high eight-angular columns.

We went to eat a sandwich on the Passeig de Born. El Born was closed; this market hall contains an excavation from the 18th century BCE.

Through the Carrer de Comerç we walked towards the Passeig de Picasso, from which we could see the outside of the Parc de la Ciutadella, le Museu de Ciencies Naturals, the Hivernacle and the Ombracle.

The park was called after the old military fort, the citadel, which used to be there. Some buildings are left-overs from the World Exhibition from 1888 CE, which was held here. The Museu de Ciencies Naturals was established in a building by Lluis Domenech i Montaner (19th century). This is the former zoology museum, blended with the former museum of geology. When we entered the park we could also observe the Arc de Triomf. This arc is made of brick and used to be the entrance of the world exhibition.

After this we went on our way to the museum of Picasso. We bought ice-cream on the Carrer de Princesa; I bought one with flan de caramela and naranja de chocolate. Separate quite good, together unfortunately not a success. Walking through the Carrer de Montcada we passed by medieval buildings with high entrances.

We passed by the Museu Barbier-Müller d'Art Pre-Colombi, the Museu Textil i de la Indumentaria and Palau Dalmases, trying to reach the Museu Picasso. This museum is established within 5 city palaces, which are connected with each other. 

After the museum we took the metro at the end of the de Carrer de Principesa, Jaume I, and went to Vallcarca, the Park Guëll by Gaudi. We had to climb the Tibidabo Mountain, so we stopped at the foot of the mountain to eat something first. After a lovely pizza romana we made our way up the mountain and it was very steep. Finally we made it to Carrer Olot, the entrance of the Park Guëll. This park is a 'gardencity', which was never finished, and it is about twenty hectare / fifty acres.

The first thing we noticed were the two guards' houses and the beautiful entrance stair, which is guarded by a ceramic lizzard. When we went upstairs we came in a hall of 86 Doric collumns with on top of the roof a big square with beautiful ceramic benches, whith a beautiful sight of the city and the sea. Inside the park is the Casa-Museu Gaudi located. When we finished our promenade through the park, visiting the shop in the guards' building and eating an ice-cream, we went down the mountain, back to the city. We took the bus from Avenue de Vallarca back to the hotel. In the evening we went to eat in a very nice restaurant, Mussol, in the Carrer de Casp.

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