Hola Barcelona!

Trip Start Oct 10, 2011
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Trip End Nov 11, 2011


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Monday, October 17, 2011

From Aranjuez, we took the night sleeper train from Madrid to Barcelona. This left Chamartin train station at 11pm, arriving in Barcelona at 7:30 the next morning. Unlike the trains used for more expensive trips, the night sleeper was, well, quite crappy and old. We had a snorer and a sleep-talker in our cabin, unfortunately!

Our hostel is basically a new, modern 3-bedroom apartment that has been converted to accommodate 3 couples so has luxuries such as a fully equipped kitchen! It is in the Gothic area of Barcelona, the old town, so there's lots of architectural eye-candy just walking around the area. On our first morning in Barcelona, we visited the Cathedral, which is virtually opposite our hostel; and the two Gaudi houses. Entry to the houses cost an arm and a leg, but were well worth it. It's difficult to describe the scale and intricacy of the structures, and it is certainly impossible to capture in photographs. Even an architectural layman such as myself can appreciate them though. :)

The following day, we went to Guell Park, which Gaudi designed. This had more of the same sorts of Gaudi-esque structures like houses and decorations; as well as some pretty parrots.

From the Park, we made our way to the La Sagrada Familia, a Cathedral designed by Gaudi. This has been under construction for more than 100 years and still doesn't look anywhere near finished! While the main hall is completed, at least internally, most of the spires appear are still missing. It is quite breathtaking and is probably the most unique Cathedral anywhere!
 
I am enjoying Barcelona a fair bit more than Madrid - it is much less dry, being a coastal city; there are more mind-boggling sites to see; and it is much more tourist-friendly with many many more people able to speak English. (They take pity on us, although Ash does trick a few people with his Italian-accented Spanish.)
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Diana on

What an extraordinary place!

Dan on

I am disappointed that you didn't go to La Masia an Nou Camp. lol.

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