11.02.2011 - 13.02.2011
Barcelona 2/11 Day 1:
• Sagrada Familia
• Parc Guell
• Casa Mila “Pedrera”
• La Rambla
• La Boqueria
• Wax Musuem
• Monument a Colom
This past weekend, our whole group traveled to Barcelona. After an almost 12-hour train ride, we finally arrived in Barcelona Friday morning. Quickly we got to our Hotel- Barceló, it is only 5 minutes away from the beach!!!
The agency bus picked us up at 12. We first went to Sagrada Familía—Gaudí’s masterpiece, I have to say I had never seen such amazing architecture before. I loved it very much, especially inside. The stained glass is so pretty! Then we went to Park Güell, another design of Gaudí. I love all the colors and designs in the park, especially the multicolored mosaic dragon and the tiles. Then we headed to the city center. On the way there, we also saw some other buildings that designed by Gaudí—Casa Batlló, Casa Milà (as known as La Pedrera).
We were dropped off at La Rambla-the most famous street in Barcelona. It connects the Plaça de Catalunya, a busy square, to the Monument a Colom, a tall column erected in honor of Christoffel Columbus. We ate then went to Laurie’s favorite gelato place (Laurie has studied in Barcelona before). La Rambla is a great shopping place, I should’ve shopped there Friday or Saturday but so sad I waited till Sunday and didn’t realize that the shopping malls don’t open on Sundays in Europe!!! On La Rambla, there is also La Boqueria—a large public market in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, it has a very diverse selection of goods. We saw candies, fruits, seafood, and meat. I was so excited to see some fresh, alive seafood. I even saw mantis shrimp and razor-shell!! It’s been a long time since I saw them last time. Though I didn’t eat enough seafood in Barcelona, seeing them is enough for me. ☺ We then swung by the Wax Museum but didn’t go in, we did go in the café that next to it and it is pretty cool and special. Finally we got to Monument a Colom, it’s right on the port. There is a big mall on the port as well, we went in and some of us did some shopping in the Desigual store and some got coffee/drinks from the Starbucks there.
I wish I could right down every single place we went to, but it was so much for one day that I couldn’t remember everything. I was also sick right before this trip, by the end of the day I was tired and I was chugging orange juice just to hope I don’t get fever at night and luckily I didn’t.
Barcelona 2/12 Day 2:
• La Seu Cathedral
• Ajudament (in Catalán)= City Hall
• Parc Ciutatdella
• Plaça d'Espanya
• National Art Museum of Catalunya
• Olympic Stadium
• Magic Fountain
Day 2 started with a walk to the beach that is close to our hotel. The view was great, but it was a little windy. We found out that Santa Eulalia Festival was actually this weekend. (It is also called La Laia, this festival is held for four days. It is Barcelona’s biggest festival for children)We went to the city center to see the festival. Mike and I swung by La Seu Cathedral, it was amazing inside, as good as other Cathedrals that I’ve seen so far. The first stone of the current church was laid in the 13th center. Then the whole group went into the City Hall, which normally is not open to the public. Inside the City Hall is so artsy, the ceilings in different rooms are so-welled designed. We joked that no wonder the people there don’t want to give up the power. We then went to a place ( I don’t remember what it is called, I know it is a cathedral) where Columbus went to see the Queen when he first got back from South America. The next stop was Parc de la Ciutadella, it is Barcelona’s most central park. The view is great; it has a zoo, a lake, a large fountain and several museums. The Catalan Parliament is also seated at a building in the center of the park. We also saw Arc de Triomf, it is a triumphal arch with colorful brickwork in mudejar style and we took lots of picture there. We then took the metro to Plasa de Espanya which located at the foot of the Montjuïc. The National Art Museum of Catalonia also located on Montjuïc and so is the Olympic Stadium. We got to see both. Oh finally, the magic fountain!! They are gorgeous at night! The foot of Montjuic was blocked because of construction but I managed to take some great pictures!
Some of us went to a restaurant called Agua del Traga Luz, it seats right on the beach. The food was really good but a little bit pricy. We split all the dishes. There is one that I liked the most, rice and Lobster!
Barcelona 2/13 Day 3:
• La Rambla
• Picasso Musuem. ☹
So my original plan was to go shopping on La Rambla, both clothing and souvenir. But like I said at the beginning, the bigger shopping malls/stores are not open on Sunday!!!! I was so sad. So I just had to move on to souvenir shopping. Oh the festival was still going on on Sunday, we ran into a parade that was going towards the City Hall. I got gelato again and bought a painting of Sagrada Familia and a stone with Gaudi’s multicolor dragon sitting on. Lauren and I split a bag of strawberry tea that we bought from The Tea Shop. The strawberry tea smells so good and it is from China. I didn’t know that there is this kind of tea in China; I guess I’m going to change from green tea to strawberry tea now. We were planning to go to Picasso Museum after 3pm because it is free after that time. But there was a long line when we got to the museum, we then gave up and decided to continue gift shopping then go back to the hotel and enjoy the beach for the rest of the day before we leave for Oviedo.
There is so much to see in Barcelona, I hope I get to come back again and go to the places that I didn’t get to see. And I need to eat Fresh seafood!!
Make sure to click on Photo Gallery, there are more pictures there.
My next trip might be Tenerife. It’s the best place to celebrate Carnival in Spain. Or if I’m not going there, I might be going to Germany then.