Barcelona Travel Blog

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Barcelona 18/11/06 - 21/11/06

Met Susan at Gatwick at about 2.30 and had a quick beer and jumped on the plane.  Flight took about 2.3 hours and arrived at night.
Caught the train to the street we were staying on and had no trouble finding the hostel which was on a really nice street where there were loads of designer shops and restaurants.
Popped out for a drink and dinner.  Most menus were in English as well as Spanish and Catalonian so we had no trouble reading but some things we ordered were not what we had read on the menu!
Up early and jumped on the Bus Touristic (a jump on and off bus) and headed off on the red North route.  First stop Sagrada Familia. Stunning sight and the place is huge.  Its a cathedral started in 1882 and still has 30+ years untill it is finished.
Looked around the inside then took an elevator way up to the highest towers for an absolutely fantastic panoramic view of the city.
The cathedral has beautiful but weird columns, statues, staied glass windows and facades.
Back on the bus and next we stopped at the famous Park Guelldesigned by the same artist as the cathedral (Antoni Gaudi)
The park is really pretty with famous sculptures, columns houses and gardens. Also great views over the city from here and loads of steps.
Bought a scarf from a vendor at the market therre for only 3 euros!
Changed over to the blue South route after the park and visited the 92 olympic park and also went up to the top of the Columbus monument down by the sea. It was bloody scary as the thing was moving in the wind!!
Went to an Itallian restaurant for dinner then on the an English pub!!
Went on the bus again the second day to do all the things we had missed or that had been closed.  Went to Neu camp first for a tour.(Barcelona's football stadium) which is the largest in Europe and third largest in the world seating 100,000 fans.
Saw the pitch and some of the football team including the captain practicing, thew dressing rooms, commentary boxes and museam.
Next went up Montjuic hill where Susan got a cablecar to the World trade center and I walked down the hill as I was too scared to go on the cablecar as it was very high!
On the bus again and next stopped in Barri Gotic which is the oldest part of the city where we saw Roman type biuldings and small plazas with fountains. Visited the cathedral here and were able to go on the roof where we had more great views.
That night we went back to Sagrada Familia to see if it lit up at night. It was'nt so tried to get some night photos of it.
Went to the bar at the hostel where I met some Aussies and had a few drinks.
Got up really early and put our luggage in storage at the hostel then headed up to the bus station and jumped on a tourist bus to the Monserrat Monestry up in the mountains.
Went up a twisting and turning road and it took about half an hour to get there.  We then had free time to explore the area.  Took loads of photos of the amazing view and had some lunch.
At 12 I went to see the magical black madonna then at 1 listened to the quior sing in the monestary church, it was amazing.
Back down the hill and spent 3 hours exploring the surrounding shops and La Rambla shopping area.
Then off to the areoport and back to the UK.
Great city and like Paris loads to see and do.  The Spanish are really lovely too and had no trouble whatsoever so always felt totally safe.


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