Eurotour - Barcelona

Second city - Barcelona!

After our day in Monaco we slept in a hostel somewhere in France and then the next day we continued travelling by bus to Barcelona. The three days I was in Barcelona were probably my most enjoyable. I was with fantastic people, we had time to become a bit rested and rejuvenated, and the weather was superb. However, while normally I associate a good time or a location more with the people I shared it with, this was one city I can say I loved simply because it is what it is. Three days is nothing so maybe my opinion of it is a little impetuous but nonetheless I had an amazing time there. Perhaps if I stayed longer I would come to hate it or (more likely) love it even more! Barcelona was very touristy, yes, but it was also extremely livable. I felt a sense of the locals which is nice in comparison to the typical cities ransacked with maps and cameras. There was a strong feeling of pride in Barcelona. The people there seemed to deeply care about Barcelona and have held strong to their Catalan roots - I respect this. The overall atmosphere was amazing. I felt relaxed and at peace in a great big city! This is surly on my list of places to visit again and I can't wait for all the new discoveries for when I return.

The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is housed in the National Palace. Essentially this building is a course in Catalan art. You can find all sorts of art here from from medieval church frescoes to furniture designed by Gaudí. What I really loved about this place was the amazing view it offered of Plaza de España.

This is the interior of the National Palace.

These are the "Venetian Towers" on the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina.  There is a tower on either side of the street. They were modeled after the campanile of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice.

Barcelona Football Pride

This is La Boqueria Food Market on Las Ramblas.  La Rambla is primarily pedestrianized with only two narrow one-way traffic roads which run on either side of the central Ramblas Boulevard. Barcelona Las Ramblas can also be sort of divided into a sketchy and non-sketchy area. The distinction becomes clearer during the night time when the Southern most end of the Ramblas becomes something of a red light district. Barcelona was the second time I ever saw a prostitute!

This is a fountain in the Catalunya Square.

A cool fence like statue we found in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona.

Venetian tower replicas

A view of the Spanish Plaza

Casa Mila or La Pedrera was designed by Gaudi and built during the years 1906-1912

A wonderful and wonderfully placed musician at Guell Park

At Guell Park - designed by Gaudi

Also at Park Guell. This park was built from the years 1900 to 1914. 

A protest against the banking system taking place on La Rambla
Columbus pointing to the new world!

1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue :)

Rambla del Mar

Sagrada Familia - The most beautiful cathedral (technically it's a minor basilica but lets keep it simple) I saw my whole stay in Europe. It was also designed by Antoni Gaudi.

Sagrada Failia - Gaudi's use of vivid color made the structure feel alive.

These tall columns are meant to represent trees.

We did this at most of the sites we went to. It was funny for some reason :D

The four columns represent the four stripes of the Catalan flag. The World Exhibition of 1929 took place in Barcelona. For this reason the four original pillars were torn down  because they weren't representations of Spain but Catalonia. The fountain was constructed there for the event. In 2010, the pillars were replaced to show Catalan pride! The next World Expo will be in 2015 in Milan!!!! 

The Gothic Quarter of Spain is the center of the old city of Barcelona. The buildings date back to Medieval Times and some even date to the Roman settlement of Barcelona!

A harbor off of La Rambla del Mar

Barceloneta Beach
A superb view of Barcelona. You can see La Sagrada Familia towering over the city.

Barcelona had really fantastic street art - including this young David Bowie.

Casa Batllo was a remodel of a previously built house. Gaudi redesigned it in 1904. The style can only be identified as Modernisme or Art Nouveau. It seems he was trying to eliminate straight lines completely! The roof is designed to look like a dragons back.

Paella! Typical Spanish dish. Delicious!

Colombian food in Barcelona. Why not?

Freddie Mercury played here in 1992. He sang the Barcelona song :)

Hotel Attraction - This is a design by Gaudi that was meant to be placed in NYC!