Darcy makes another friend at the soccer museum
Today we decided that we had enough peace and quiet for a while so we took a tour bus to Barcelona. Barcelona is only 1 ½ hour from Salou by bus but it’s a different world, it’s crowed fast paced and vibrant, Our first stop was a Soccer stadium, the home of the Barcelona soccer club, this place is sacred ground to the locals, Spain’s version of Yankee stadium. There we took a tour of the two story soccer museum, we found it interesting but it was no Yankee stadium. At least they had a nice café with decent coffee, donuts and croissants. Then onto the famous Gaudi’s Holy Family Church, this is a mammoth church that has been under construction for over 100 years and they claim it will be finished in 2020.
Hard to describe this site in words, or capture it in pictures. We both admit that that it a very impressive structure.
The Holy Family Church
Then we went to the area of the Rambles a pedestrian street. There are many winding pedestrian blocks around here. The Rambler itself is straight, starts inland at the Placa de Cataluña the main square in Barcelona and goes to the edge of the Mediterranean Sea where there is a statue of Christopher Columbus. On the walk to the sea you pass a full block of people selling birds another block is nothing but flower vendors, and in between are all different mimes. After lunch we continued to Montjuic, a high mountain that overlooks the entire city, and houses a magnificent palace built for the 1929 international exhibition. Our last stop was the site of the 1992 Olympics, a very modern stadium, but not much to see now. All in all we had a great day, but at the end we were both happy to return to the slow pace of Salou, I think that we are beginning to burn out on these massive cities and maddening crowds.