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roof of the Casa Batllo

Even if I am on vacation I cant seem to be able to sleep past 7... I guess its the joy of being somewhere else than Montreal and I feel like a kid on the morning of x-mas (every morning) thats about to open up some presents!!

So its 7am we have breakfast and get ready for one of our many long walks! The sky is blue and it will be again around 34C (really having great weather, and I am begining to actualy tan). We decide to just follow our legs where ever they want to take us and we end up going to the following :

The Rambla major street in Barcelona that heads straight to the old port (Barceloneta) and the sea. The Rambla has many kiosks where you can buy animals, flowers, jewlery, food and where you can see strange animations of street artists entertaining tourists who pay them for pictures.

Front of the Casa Batllo
I saw some pretty weird things on the Rambla that I will not write on my blogue but will gladly share with those of you who ask! You need to keep your eyes well opened when walking around as there are so many beautifull things to see on the lateral streets that most tourist miss. For example, the great "mercad" that is basically an open air kiosk of fruits, veggies, fishes, meat, cheese and my all time favorite candies!! Everything is colorful well organized by color size and food group... Talk about organizationnal skills!!! Their are as well, lovely ruins that pop out here and there between stores that give the streets a great charm. I have to say the only down side is that the Rambla is always full of tourists and it takes much patience to walk there!

Barceloneta is as well very cute, the beach is ok but again full of tourists and this is why we decided to go to the beach outside of Barcelona on the Costa Brava! You can find many restaurants in Barceloneta but beware many tourist traps!! A trick, eat late just like the population here (around 10pm) and see where the locals go eat this way you are sure to eat a great meal.

Candies!!! From the mercad =)
If the locals dont go there... You shouldnt either!!

Our walk then took us in the Barri Gothic where the architecture is awesome, very old and arches everywhere with tinny bridges to pass from one house to the other. I also saw the Cathedral that was unfortunatly closed.. But was able to see all the outside and was able to shop around at the same time!

Finally, we ended our day with the visit of the Casa Batllo, one of Gaudi's many master pieces that was created over and old existing house! WOW... such fluid shapes, such study of the nature from which he based himself on for many of his creations. You need to keep in mind that this was created way back in 1904 and for the time it was a big innovation. Lets not forget that Gaudi was one of the best architecture of his time and ill let you decide for yourself with some pictures!! Yes.

more of the mercad
.. I had forgotten my camera cable at my sisters house but we have reunited now so I will share some pics!

I am also leaving for Croatia today.. 20hrs of bus to go through before hitting the beaches where it is currently 40C. I dont think I will be able to update my blogue from there and will update some more when I get back in Switzerland!

Adios!

Dan

 

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roof of the Casa Batllo
roof of the Casa Batllo
Front of the Casa Batllo
Front of the Casa Batllo
Candies!!! From the mercad =)
Candies!!! From the mercad =)
more of the mercad
more of the mercad
walking on the Rambla, lateral str…
walking on the Rambla, lateral st…
bridge from the Barri Gothic
bridge from the Barri Gothic
Inside view of one of the many roo…
Inside view of one of the many ro…
The Cathedral
The Cathedral
Barceloneta
Barceloneta
Barcelona
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