Weird and wonderful Barcelona

Driving into Barcelona, Spain, we learnt the hard way that you can’t turn directly off the Avenida Diagonal, but must slip into the parallel service road well before your intersection.

Despite the detour, we managed to find our hotel – the swish and modern Melia Barcelona. Our room was spacious with an opulent bathroom – but we still fail to understand the European idea of having 2 single beds butted together in place of a double bed.

We had grabbed a good deal off the internet, making it an affordable luxury – basing our search on location, with included parking, wi-fi and breakfast. Located in the quiet Eixample district, it was a little further off the tourist track than ideal, and parking was available but not included (an expensive slip-up!) At least the wi-fi was free and the buffet breakfast was magnificent with a huge variety – we would have lingered longer to graze if we’d had more time.

In hindsight, it would have been a good idea to take the hop-on hop-off bus “Barcelona Bus Turistic” (always a good option to easily see the main sights in an unfamiliar city – especially with limited time)…

but we just did our usual meandering around with a tourist map, often double backing when we realised we had wandered too far, but hey, we’re never lost, we just end up in places we didn’t plan to be!

We stumbled upon some unexpected sights and surprises:

A parade – or was it a protest?

A historical exhibition featuring a display of toilets (now that was definitely unexpected!)

And of course sought out the usual tourist highlights:

From Christopher Columbus balancing atop the 60m high Monument a Colom (Columbus Monument)…

overlooking the port and marina areas…

Rambling along Las Ramblas enjoying many market stalls…

Stopping at the adjacent Plaça Reial (Royal Plaza)…

to enjoy some favourite tapas dishes…

And found many more market stalls on our trek…

It was tricky getting a decent shot of Gaudi’s Sagrada Família with the distraction of the ever-present scaffolding, cranes and trucks (will they ever finish it?)…

and battled the crowds at Casa Batlló…

Although Gaudi, I’ve decided, is not really my cup of tea. Give me classical architecture any day and there were plenty of other beautiful buildings to enjoy in the tree-lined streets…

and Barri Gòtic (The Gothic Quarter)

Lots of lovely lighting too…

By the time we arrived at Plaça de Catalunya (Catalunya Plaza)…

it was high time we headed back to our hotel to get ready for our Flamenco dinner show… which I will share in my next post.

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About frenchfry36

South African by birth, British by right, Australian by oath, French by choice.
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8 Responses to Weird and wonderful Barcelona

  1. Debra Kolkka says:

    I loved Barcelona, especially the Gaudi buildings….I know they are over the top, but I think they are spectacular.

  2. Denise says:

    We loved Barcelona. Ventured there on the fast train from Madrid. Actually the place Tony is standing looks very much like the Boutique Inn, we stayed at. Walking distance to most things.
    Hubby Daryl who has an architectural background. Was in his Glory. Me, too actually. Agreeing with Debra, Gaudi was over the top. But, so beyond his time, at that time. Loved your play x play with fabulous pic to follow suit. Nice Post Nola.

  3. Denise Hall says:

    Nola, I have posted an album from a friend Rutas de Vino (Cristina Alonso) She was our guide when we went on our Vintage Wine Tour in Spain. Her pics are lovely, and I think you would enjoy seeing them. You can view through my Facebook timeline, or you can like her page, as Cristina’s has a group FB page, as she has many many followers and friends.

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