world of Gaudi
18.06.2011 - 22.06.2011 30 °C
Yay finally in Barcelona, we found our campsite easily we just followed the line of scantily clad prostitutes on the side of the road to the beach. They must of been in for a long night cos it was only 5pm. Camping Barcelona is in Mataro 30ks from Barcelona but the campsite offer a free bus to town. The girls were desperate for a swim so headed to the pool. Topless lady number 1. Everyone in Spain seems so much more relaxed than NZ as we learned from all the naked men on the beach. The first day we just relaxed, went for a walk along the beach and caught up on washing (boring but necessary).
The next day we all headed to Barcelona on the bus. First stop La Rambla, walking down this pedestrian tree lined street, to the sea. The street is lined with flower stalls, mobile pet shops, street performers and hundreds of other tourists.
On the way back up we stopped at the market La Boqueria it was amazing with all the coloured lollies,fruits and chocolates. The girls chose some chocolates and had about 100gm, when we went to pay the lady said 9.60 euro ($20NZ) we put that one down to experiencing the market and really took our time eating the chocolate.
We bought our lunch there for the same price as the chocolate and headed to Park Guel on the metro. The Barcelona metro is really easy to navigate and gets you to where you need to be really quick. Park Guel was high on my list of must dos on my holiday list. Designed by Antoni Guadi it is a gorgeous park on a hill filled with mosaics and gingerbread like houses. We picniced on the wavy mosaic seats that overlook the park and Barcelona. At the park entrance there is a large mosaic lizard which is a tourist symbol of Barcelona with copies everywhere you look.
Next stop Casa Mila or La Pederer as the spanish call it. we didnt go in because of the queue but the outside was impressive.
Moving on we went down the road to Casa Batlo which I was going in no matter what the queue, luckily it was only 10 minutes. Casa Batlo is my favourite of Gaudis buildings. the girls and Michael were all impressed by the building and its beauty. The look on Kenzies face when she walked out onto the roof was priceless.
We had a look around the port and headed home. A great long day out. The next day we relaxed by the pool again, and even I got in this time.
Barcelona is definatly one place I would love to return to...