Thursday, 2 July 2015

Hello Barcelona

Hotel room, all this to myself!

I'm in Spain. Not been here before, and I'm looking forward to the next few days. The hotel is really nice, and in a quiet part of town. It's nice to be away with someone, makes going for food a bit more fun as you're more likely to try something new!

We met a really lovely local couple who gave us the heads up about the area in the first restaurant we sat down in. They asked what we were interested in, and gave us an itinerary and a note of good places to eat. I thought that was so lovely of them to take the time and trouble to ensure that we didn't waste time trying to find our bearings. We knew where we wanted to go, and they pointed us in the right direction!

The architecture here is stunning. It is a bit like walking around Prague, look up and you will see some beautiful stonework. Unlike Prague, a lot of this is obscure and modern!

Above is Casa Batllo shown in the day, and then when lit up at night. Sometimes known as the house of bones or house of yawns, I prefer to think of it as a sleeping dragon, I mean just look at that scaley roof!

 This is another piece of Gaudi's work, La Pedrera commissioned by a wealthy couple who wanted a building in the Passeig de Gracia. They hired Gaudi and the building was completed between 1906 and 1912.

Time for tapas, a glass of fizz and a trip down the road to watch the fountain change colour before going back to the hotel and bed!

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