Nan and Walt's Summer Vacation 2006

Barcelona, Spain

May 29 - June 4

We made it to Barcelona. The trip was fine but we were exhausted by the time we reached the hotel. Our flight to Madrid was delayed but we managed to get a direct flight to Barcelona instead that actually got us there midafternoon rather than early evening. That was great, but it took us three hours to find our hotel, FRONT MARITIM,  between train (including an inadvertant return trip to the airport), subway and walking with our luggage. (Poor Walt got to lug two 40 kg bags up and down stairs in the subway as many of the escalators and elevators were not working. :-( ) Two different web sites had two different, both wrong (ARG!) locations shown for the hotel. And, of course, when we really needed a taxi, we weren´t able to spot one. So, we got there about 6, took showers and went to bed.  

We had 98 degrees in Chicago; 58 and rainy in London; high 80´s and quite humid in Barcelona when we arrived. However, it was in the low 70´s, sunny and breezy for the rest of our week there. That was the last of the comfortable temperatures though as Europe in general was having a heat wave. Our hotel was on Passeo Garcia Faria, just across from the beach. We had an ocean view from the room and started most days by sleeping late (room darkening curtains really work!), touring for 3-4 hours, followed by a siesta and then walking the beach at night. Walt enjoyed the topless sunbathers (despite the cool weather - or maybe especially because of it).  I didn't find the "full monty" males a very appetizing sight though.

Walt on the beach

Walt Sun Bathing!

We used my tried and true "Insight Pocket Guides - Barcelona" for our touring, walking down La Rambla, through the Gothic area and to the Maritime Museum.   (Note: not all Barcelona photos come from this trip - some are from my trip there  in 2001, but we did see all of this.)

La Rambla Crowds   living statue  Columbus Monument

La Rambla (Crowds, Living Statue, Columbus Monument)

   Venetian Bridge   Cathedral of Santa Eulalia  Santa Eualia Surrounds

Gothic District (Venetian Bridge, Cathedral of Santa Eulalia and Surrounds)

As we do whenever possible, we visited Museu Maritim, the Maritime Museum. They have some very nice (old) pieces and some ho-hum stuff. They had audio headsets that you punched numbers into at various spots to hear about things.. We also bought an ¨outside the harbour¨ boat tour. You had a choice of inside (20 min.) and outside (1 hour). We actually decided it was an OUTER harbor tour rather than an inner or outside the harbor. It was a bit strange as there was no naration, even not in Spanish or Catalan so you just sat and looked. It was interesting but would have been more interesting to know what you are looking at.

Maritime Museum  Maritime Museum  Maritime Museum


Inside and Out - The Barcelona Maritime Museum

Finally we we did a tour of modernistic architecture, including Casa Battlo, Casa Mila (LaPedrera) and Gaudi´s Parc Guell  where we visited the Gaudi Museum. Here´s a link to some of Gaudi´s buildings in Barcelona.

Casa Battlo  Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

Casa Battlo and Mila (La Pedrera)

Parc Guell  Parc Guell

Parc Guell  Parc Guell  Parc Guell

Parc Guell, The Market  Parc Guell, the market  

The Lizard, Parc Guell  Parc Guell

Images from Gaudi's Parc Guell

Another day we went to see l'Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau which is an incredible campus of 24 ¨modernistic¨ buildings. It is a working hospital! Here's just a taste:

Hospital  hospital  hospital

hospital  hospital  hospital

l'Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

And then walked down Avenguda de Gaudi went to see Gaudi´s unfinished Sacardo Familia. See also

Gaudi Avenue   Gaudi Avenue  Gaudi Avenue

Avenguda de Gaudi

Sacrad family  Sacred Family  Sacred Family

Sacardo Familia

Go on to Alicante, Spain

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Author: Nan C. Schaller
Last Updated: August 25, 2006