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Travel – Barcelona Part II

On our second day in Barcelona, we were off to an early start as our tickets to visit Parc Güell was scheduled for 8.30am. G’s cousin who lives in Barcelona had suggested that we booked our tickets (€7 per adult) in advance and try to visit early to avoid crowds. We took the Metro and got off at Vallcarca, one of the two Metro stops close to Parc Güell. We got a surprise when we saw the hill that we had to climb to get to the park! Granted, there were escalators between each block but it was only for the uphill direction. Well, it was all worth it as there were only few crowds, mostly tour groups and the view as well as the park itself was beautiful. Needless to say, Gaudi‘s handiwork did not fail to impress us. I shall let the pictures do the talking… (WARNING: Picture heavy post!)
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Next on our itinerary was a visit to the famous La Sagrada Familia that has been in construction since 1882. Once again, we purchased our tickets in advance (€19.30 per person), which included a visit to one of the two towers (Navity or Passion). If one had to pick only one of Gaudi’s works to visit in Barcelona, this would be my pick. Gaudi’s magnificent work of art La Sagrada Familia is absolutely breathtaking. One can easily spend hours in the building admiring the architecture and his extraordinary vision. I was mesmerized by the beautiful stained glass and can easily spend a few hours staring at the vivid colors. There were also a few exhibitions housed in the building, some of which gave an insight to Gaudi’s architectural influences. G and I particularly enjoyed the 3D exhibition where we could touch the objects demonstrating his architecture ideas. We ended our tour by visiting the Passion tower which had a great view of the city.

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After the visit, we headed back to our AirBnB apartment to rest before heading out for dinner in the neighbourhood. Our host had recommended Pizza L’avia as a restaurant with good local food that was inexpensive. Since we’ve been having tapas for our previous meals, I was delighted to find paella at the restaurant and ordered that for dinner. G as usual ordered pizza. (His goal is to eat pizza in every country that he visits!) The paella was bit too greasy for my liking but otherwise, the taste was decent. G however, wasn’t too pleased with his pizza due to the use of local cheese, which he found unappetizing.

Paella at Pizza L'avia

After dinner, we headed to Museu Picasso which offers discounted rates on Thursday nights. We only paid €15 for our tickets with included an additional exhibition. Discounted tickets however can only be purchased in person after 7pm but since we were there early, we didn’t have to wait too long to purchase our tickets. Regular admission is otherwise €11 per adult.

Signage to Picasso Museum BarcelonaCarrer de MontcadaView from Museu Picasso

As photographs were not allowed in the museum, I have none to show other than the entrance and a pretty snap of the blue skies from the courtyard past 8pm. I have to say between the Van Gogh Museum and the Picasso Museum, I much preferred the former in Amsterdam. I guess I prefer Van Gogh’s style of art to Picasso’s.

If you missed my first post on Barcelona, it’s here and the outfit details for this post is here. We’ll be off to explore the mountains outside Barcelona for the next post!

Travel – Barcelona Part I (La Pedrera)

I was going to try and post this last week but sadly the internet connection at the Kempinski Hotel in Munich wasn’t having any of it! As mentioned in the previous post, Spain has been on the top of my travel list for a long time. We were finally able to make it come true now that we reside in the UK. G was more than happy to oblige when I I told him that I would like to celebrate my birthday in Spain this year. He had previously been to Madrid and Barcelona for a short business trip. Since our birthdays are only nine days apart, we took a vacation to celebrate both. Having seen gorgeous pictures of Menorca, I wanted to celebrate my birthday there and since it’s just off the coast of Barcelona, we figured we should visit there, too.

We arrived in Barcelona in the afternoon and promptly checked in to our AirBnB apartment. Visiting La Pedrera (Casa Milà) was next on our itinerary as it wasn’t too far from the apartment (only 3 Metro stops away). We got off at the Passeig de Gracia stop and walked to La Pedrera as we wanted to take in the sights even though Diagonal stop is the closer (not to mention that we’d have to switch trains). (WARNING: Picture heavy post!)

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Roundabout water fountain in BarcelonaGenerali Assegurances

Casa Batillo Barcelona GaudiCasa Batlló, among one of Gaudi‘s many works in the city

Finally, we reached La Pedrera, one of Gaudi‘s famous works in the city. (We visited quite a few, as you’ll discover in coming posts!) This was one of Gaudi’s most complete works, a home built for Roser Segimon and Pere Milà. The unconventional design drew plenty of criticism back then. I definitely like the architecture although the lack of a straight wall might drive me nuts!

Model of La Pedrera

Model of La Pedrera Barcelona Gaudi

Model of La Pedrera Barcelona GaudiModels of the La Pedrera

Inside La Pedrera Barcelona GaudiCourtyard of La Pedrera

The roof of La Pedrera

Roof of La Pedrera

The chimneys on the roof of La Pedrera The warrior-like chimneys, ventilation towers, and stairwells on the roof terrace of La Pedrera

Servant quarters of La PedreraThe servant quarters of La PedreraThe servants’ quarters inside the apartment

The attic at La Pedrera Barcelona GaudiThe beautiful arch of the attic

After the visit, we had dinner nearby at Tapas 24 based on the reviews on Foursquare. Food was good although it was a bit salty for my taste. Service was however, lacklustre as we had to stand in line to wait even though there was a table for two that was available in front of us! Unfortunately, I was too hungry to take any food pictures (lighting wasn’t the best either). Till the next Barcelona post! 🙂