We, my friends Jessica and Emily and I, left on Thursday night after class, so our flight got in around 8. Our hostal was right off of Las Ramblas, a pedestrian path that leads from the Columbus Monument near the Mediterranean Sea to Plaza Catalonia. It is lined with cafes, trees, human statues, little kiosks set up selling different things depending on which area you're in: flowers, animals, art, etc. Needless to say, we were in a great location. That night, we just got settled and had dinner of tapas so we would be able to wake up early-ish the next day.
Friday we went first to La Catedral de Canta Cruz y Santa Eulalia de Barcelona which means the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. This saint was 13 when she died, and there is a courtyard in the church where there are 13 white ducks to remind visitors of her age. Her crypt is also underneath the altar. It was a beautiful gothic church that had a great view from the top.
|The Cathedral (under construction)|
|Saint Eulalia's Crypt|
|A few of the ducks in the courtyard|
|One of the views from the top|
After that, we went to the Museu d'Historia de la Ciutat, or the Muesum of the History of the City. This museum held the archeological remains of the ancient city Barcino, where Barcelona came from. The remains go back to the first century AD. We saw where people used to do laundry, the fish factory, and the winemaking facilities. It was crazy to think of all the history there and how people were there however many years ago, dyeing clothes, making wine. Boggles my mind.
|Tinted blue from the dye that was used|
|The wine facilities. Really interesting to hear how they made it.|
We stopped to get lunch, which was very good (paella) and then took the metro to the Arc de Trimof. It lead into a really pretty sitting area, which was the start of the Parc de la Ciutadella. In a more central area, there was the Casacada Mounumental fountain which was designed in part by Antoni Gaudi. There were also many random art piece such as the elephant!
|Arc de Triomf|
|Cascada Monumental fountain|
|Random huge elephant|
|Another area in the park.|
We took the metro up to where the Olympic Stadium was in 1992 and saw the tailend of the sunset. It is on higher ground than the rest of the city, so there was a pretty awesome view. After that, we were heading back to another metro station when we stumbled across La Font Magica, which was pretty much magic. There was an amazing fountain light show. The first song was, of course, My Heart Will Go On. It went on for about ten minutes with different songs and then there was a second part which had a lot of American music. It was amazing. I took videos so if anyone is interested, let me know.
|View. The big thing in the middle is La Sagrada Familia|
|Sunset! The tower on the left is the Montjuic Telecommunications Tower|
|Just one of manyyy of the fountain pictures.|
|Passion Facade, artistically the opposite of the Nativity Facade|
|Seriously, so many pictures of stain glass|
|View of the Montjuic Tower|
|Can't really tell, but the sea is there behind all the buildings.|
To end the day, we went to Parc Guell which was completely designed by, you guessed it, Gaudi. This is another place that I've been to, but in high school we went through the park pretty quick if I remember. There is a lot of neat, different architecture and at the highest point, el Turo de Les Tres Creus, we had another pretty view. Would have been a very nice place to watch the sunset had it not been so overcast.
|Pretty sure I'm sitting in a similar spot in our class picture|
|Jessica and I in a random area.|
|Hall of On Hundred Columns|
|Placa de la Nautralesa|
|Part of the bench. The entrance to the part is where the tower is.|
|On el Turo de Les Tres Creus|
|Inside the stadium!|
|Emily and I right outside of it.|
|The Art Museum. Gorgeous|