Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sightseeing Barcelona – Oct 2, 2009


Cassa Batllo (Top Left), we saw this amazing architecture (one of many by Antoni Gaudi) just of the Passeig de Gracia train/Metra stop. According to Wikipedia, Passeig de Gracia one of the major avenues in Barcelona and also one of its most important shopping and business areas.

One of many interesting facade/buildings (Top Right) we saw on Las Ramblas (La Rambla).


View of Columbus Monument (Top) from Las Ramblas. This monument serves as a reminder that Barcelona is where Christopher Columbus reported to Queen Isabella and Ferdinand after Columbus' first voyage to the Americas.

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Port Vell (Top), waterfront harbor in Barcelona which was about 15 minutes walk from our apartment and less than 5 minutes from Las Ramblas. There’re shops, restaurants, Imax and the Barcelona Aquarium in the same area! Food was pretty affordable on the other side of Port Vell.


We caught a Flamenco show in Barcelona @ Tarantos for Euro 7 per person. The show lasted about 40 minutes and was quite interesting. We learnt something new; Flamencos is not just a dance…it is also of a musical form which we experienced the first half of the performance. The dancer came out at the later part. Drinks were pricey at Euro 4 per bottle of beer, that’s expected and there’s where they get you! =) It was a pleasant experience nevertheless!!


Bikes for rent (Top Left). We don’t know how much this cost, but you see tons of these bike rental stations. Pay for the bike at the self-service booth and my guess the booth will tell you which bike to take. Ride to your destination then park /return the bike at the designated parking. I think they probably charge by the minute or something!

Plaça de Catalunya (Top Right) at night. This was at the north end of the Las Ramblas and is a large square in the city. You’ll be surrounded by fountains around this square.

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