Friday, October 12, 2007
Barcelona - Oh, So Gaudi!

24th of September, we reached Girona airport at 9pm.
Decided to sleep there for the night. I ended up finishing my book and not really sleeping at all. Bus ticket to Barcelona is 11each i think.

Buying metro tickets to get to our hostel which is at Eixample area.. All in spanish, it's a miracle we manage to get ourself there. Get the day ticket, it's cheaper. First day, just went out for lunch and walk about Plaza Catalunya. And because kenetf wasn't feeling well, i accompanied him back first while the girls explore Barri Gothic. And hey.. barcelona metro is so nice..and clean and even classical music was been played..So different from london tube, stuffy and narrow..all u hear is MIND THE GAP! MIND THE GAP!

2nd day -Very productive day as we manage to cover all the Gaudi places. First stop is the famous Sagrada Familia. Just 2 street away from where we stay. When we got there, we were breathless....from all the walking.

It was really one of the most amazing architecture i've seen. With all the nature and religious element blending together so cohesively. It's one of Gaudi most amazing work and i think it is too. Although it's not complete yet, even after 100 years of construction, i hope they will continue the effort.

Then we walked about 15mins up the street

to Hospital de la Santa Creu'l Sant Pau ..,fuuhh..name so long..imagine, if your wife is going into labour, and through the phone..u ask..Which hospital??? Then the answer is.. Hospital de la Santa Creu'l Sant Pau

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anyway, it's a fully functional hospital with very good looking nurse and doctors thats smokes like chimmey. ahhahaha..

Then we went to Park Guell. Another GAUDI creations. DON'T TRUST THE INFORMATION CENTER PEOPLE. damn it...Ask us to stop at wrong metro and then we have to walk damn damn damn far to reach it.!! ARghh ... I'm not sure if you can see it, but the park is at the top of the slope... ARghhhhh

Finally reach up there, and then have to climb somemore because we saw alot of people went that way. There's a pile of stone with 5 cross up there. Nothing up there except alot of people and the fear of falling down and die..

I went up and end up being too scared coming down. AGAIN! Be careful of pickpockets cos we even witness one happening in front of us. I guess the bird eye view did help us..haha

Finally the real...Park Güell which is amazing. MUST GO! Free entrance. There's seats all over and you might think it's damn hot to sit on it, but IT"S NOT! Surprisingly it's very cool and the shape of the seats are design to contour exactly to our body. Genius!

Ooo..we met our seniors there :) The place is so colourful and full of life i like it there alot. I would suggest that you pack your lunches there and eat while watching people. There's also alot of street performers there..playing music or something..

The famous dragon.. not lizard. The first of it's kind for the mosaic tiling thingie.

After lunch, we went to La Pedrera. Gaudi actually tore down the whole building and rebuild it when it was handed over to him. It's an apartment for the rich and all the walls can be changed and remove as the landlord wish. Amazing isn't it.

Another amazing place to be, we spend more than 2 hours here listening to the audio guide and camwhoring at the roof. The chimmey and wind tunnel were all shaped very funny and unique. Very worth the entrance free, student 6euro.

Then just off La pedreda is Passeig de Gracia where all the big names in fashions lies. Too bad i'm too poor to enter any of the shops.

Casa Battlo - the legendary building with the roof of a dragon's back and the balconies in the form of carnival maskes representing the dragon's victim. It's something you don get to see everyday for certain.

At night, we couldn't find the Carre Ferran so we just went to Port Vell and hang out there..after that, we did manage to get ourself on the street without realizing till the next day.


The super nice and cheap supper we had at a pizza joint.


to be continue....

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3 Comments:


  • At 6:05 AM, October 13, 2007, Blogger Des

    spain!!!

    every building looks so classic.

    and the food all also so nice wan.

    where are the adam levines?

     
  • At 5:09 PM, October 14, 2007, Blogger CY

    That's the luckiest chimney in the world to be kissed by Eve! xD

     
  • At 3:02 PM, April 04, 2008, Blogger Angela

    The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia or simply Sagrada Familia impressed me most of all in Barcelona. This Antoni Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece, is one of Barcelona's most popular tourist attractions. Construction on this church will continue at least until 2041, but it has already become Barcelona's most important landmark. Even though the Sagrada Familia is far from finished, the remarkable church is well worth a visit or to stay near in some hotels in Barcelona and have its view from the window. You can visit the crypt were Gaudí is buried. A museum tells the story of this great architect and the history of the church.
    You can also visit the towers. A lift and a long walk will lead you to the top of a tower from where you have a magnificent view over Barcelona. The climb is not recommended for those with fear of heights or for people with claustrophobia!