03.10.2013 - 03.10.2013 26 °C
3rd October 2013
We woke up a little earlier today and got started for the day. We tried the breakfast at the hotel today and it was not much, but was only 5 Euro. So we had just a croissant and cuppa. Don't think we will partake again though.
We grabbed the Metro into Parc Guell. It was a lot easier getting the Metro having had experience in France. It was a very long uphill climb to get to the park, but we followed the crowd and half way up the hill there were 4 escalators. We went up each one until we saw the park. Believe it or not there was even more of an uphill climb as we entered the park, to go up to the highest point atop a mound with crosses on it. From there we could see all of Barcelona, and out to sea.
A few photographs later we descended to the park and strolled through all of Gaudi's intriguing artworks. It is very hard to explain and the pictures can do the talking, but he has a wacky sense of style. There are archways and pillars and mosaics everywhere. It is said that he collected all of the tiles for this work at dumps around the place. The mosaics are amazing.
We went through the museum as well, it used to be Gaudi's house. He lived there for quite some years, but at a time close to his death he moved into a workshop down near Sagrada Familia so that he could be close to the work. He actually chose his workroom in the house so that he could look out the window at the progress of the SF.
We walked from his house through the other parts of the gardens we had not seen. In one space there are a mass of Roman style pillars to wander through and then you come out to a set of stairs leading down to what I would call the centrepieces, two small buildings near the front entrance. They are completely covered in mosaics. Just as I start to take a few photos it begins to rain, quite heavily. People are rushing for shelter and we hide in one of his quirky cave like structures until it eases. Then it was time to move on and perhaps find some lunch.
Wandering around the streets we found a few shops worth taking a look in. Eventually we got back to the Metro and back to La Rambla. At the Metro station Ethan bought a snack from this massive vending machine. It had groceries and washing powder in it. Not just the usual snacks!
The boys talked me into having Burger King. It was actually quite good. They have extra things like Croquets and Chicken items that we don't have in Australia. We sat outside on the LaRambla strip and took everything while we ate. We had a chat about what to do next and thought that we would walk down to the wharf area.
We walked past several old buildings and then continued on to the port. We were having a lovely time just chilling out and strolling around. There were fish floundering at the surface and people were throwing crumbs in for them. There were stunning boats in the docks and people everywhere. At the end of the pier there was a shopping centre so we had a look - big mistake. We all found some clothes on sale. Everything is so inexpensive here. Heading back towards the hotel we went the long way and checked out a few more buildings and statues. Ten minutes later we were back in our room. I checked some email and wrote my blog and before long it was 730pm.
Tonight we thought we would go to another restaurant in the streets nearby. We didn't want to be pressured into going in anywhere so we said hello to the people out the front, but if we weren't loving the menu then we said no and kept going. There is so much spruiking here. Every cafe has a person selling out the front with menus trying to get you to go in. We found a nice tapas place and went in. David & I had grilled vegetable platter and it was amazing! Loved it. The chicken paella that followed was not as nice but still good. Ethan had spaghetti bolognese and he loved it. My meal came with a Creme Catalina that was a brilliant dessert.
Not wanting to go to the room straight after dinner we went to walk around the streets for a while. Having been down many of the lanes over the last two days, we headed in a different direction and came across a whole new area to explore. I found a nice top and bought it and we looked into many more shops.
Tomorrow is Ethan's birthday so we will be doing some special things.