Travel | Hola Barcelona7.9.13
Hello beautiful! Firstly, I must apologise for my lack of my posts as of late, BUT I AM IN SPAIN!!! I am sure you can imagine m...
|Sorry about the wonkiness of this picture...blame my mum.|
On the first day of trip, being in a different city where you don't know anything about anything can be quite daunting. So luckily for me that I went travelling with my mum because she paid for us to go on the tour bus which meant that we got to see everything in very little time. Also, we didn't have to worry about getting lost. The first stop that I made was actually at La Sagrada Familia but after seeing the length of the queue. We decided to get back on the bus to have a look at other things because we only brought one day ticket and wanted to make the most of it. The second stop that I made was at Park Güell; another one of Gaudí's famous work, which you can see from the picture above. Personally, I could not recommend visiting Park Güell enough because it is honestly just so beautiful. I love the colourful mosaic tiles and the curvature of the place. I feel like there was a smidgen of an Arabic influence in the work but that might just be me.
After Park Güell, we got back on the bus and had a look at other places like Montjuïc, La Rambla, Plaça Cataluya, Gothic Quarter, Passeig de Gracia, Port Vell, etc. Although, I wish we had more time at each places but you know, I can always come back to Barcelona later. We ended our day quite early because my mum got sun stroke (the heat was about 32 C that day). It was too bad but you can't pick when to be sick.
On the second day, I got up bright and early, thinking I would be able to beat the queue to get into La Sagrada Familia...how wrong was I? because everyone had the same plan. The queue was even longer than the day before, it started pretty much at the opposite side of the entrance but seeing as La Sagrada was one of the main reason why I wanted to visit Barcelona; we endured the queue and the €22.50 entrance + visit of the tower. Even though, normally I am quite a stingy person when it comes to paying entrance fee but I don't mind paying for La Sagrada Familia at all because the money is going into finishing this beautiful building.
Everything you see in the church is a piece of art, you can see that everything has been thought of even before the building began and everything has meaning. For example, the colours of the stain glass, where the windows are placed and even the pillars are made of different materials and shaped so that they can support each part of the building perfectly.
I love how different side of the church has completely different style. The latter one representing the nativity, which just look absolutely breath-taking. I can't quite believe that they are both from the same building. Every part of the church has some religious meaning, even though, I can't say that I find religions particularly intriguing. I still believe that you can enjoy La Sagrada Familia even if you don't care for the religious tones because every parts of it is a piece of art.
|Here is a view from La Sagrada Familia's tower|
Having finished my tour at La Sagrada Familia in about 3 hours time, we still had the rest of the day to do whatever we wanted. At first I really wanted to go to the Gothic Quarter but I couldn't find the closest Metro stop to there, so we got out at Plaça Catalunya and was planning on walking there. However, we took the wrong turn and ended up walking from Plaça Catalunya to La Boquería and pretty much all of La Rambla.
La Boquería was definitely one of my mum's favourite place. It is filled with colourful fruits, vegetables and jamón. Definitely a good place to take colourful pictures and buy some unusual fruits.
Have you visited Barcelona? What is your impression?
If not, would you like to visit Barcelona?
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