Barcelona Spain (Part 2)

                                                                      City Hall

October 18, 2009

On our last day in port, we had scheduled a tour to introduce us formally to the city of Barcelona.  Our first stop was in the Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of the city, where we got to go into the cathedral (the exterior of which was marred by the scaffolding being used in the restoration process.  The cathedral was beautiful, but we were very startled by the boxes containing electric votive candles -  put your Euro in the slot and one will light up for you.  We also walked past the city hall and the Palau de Generalitat, both beautiful old buildings.

While we were on this tour noticed the beautiful wrought-iron work on many of the buildings.  It has a very delicate look and there is amazing variety in the designs.  This is some of the most beautiful we’ve seen.

Once we left the Gothic Quarter, we drove through the city past one of the buildings designed by Antoni Gaudi, Casa Mila, a very interesting, if slightly strangely designed building.  It was good to see that before we got to Basilica de la Sagrada Familia (Sacred Family), which is a work still in progress, even long after Gaudi’s death.   The cathedral is of such tremendous size that it is very difficult to photograph well from close by.  The panorama taken from the Olympic diving venue (below) will give you an idea of how huge it is.  Once again we did not get to go inside due to the nature of the tour.   Seeing the inside of Sagrada Familia would be a good excuse for a return visit to Barcelona.

The final part of our tour took us to the area where the Olympics venues are.  At the main arena they were having a family afternoon, so there were large crowds around.  After a brief photo stop at the diving stadium, the bus headed back to the ship, past a couple of the botanical gardens.  The views were lovely.  Given the huge population of the city, it is surprisingly inviting.  And we are looking forward to a return visit someday.

There are a few extra photos in this album.

Panorama taken from Olympic Diving Venue.  Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece, Basilica de La Sagrada Familia is just to the left of center

© Susan L. Stone 2015