Thursday, January 2, 2014

Barcelona with a lisp...City of Gaudí

Read on to find out who this guy is :D

Palau Nacional on top of the Montjuïc Hill where you can catch one of the most beautiful views of the city, visit the National Art Museum of Catalonia inside the palace, and visit the 1992 Summer Olympics site that was held in Barcelona!
Barcelona has really got to be one of the most mesmerizing cities I have visited so far. It is an architect's dream come true and I can now only see why it was one my sister's favorite cities (She's an Architect in training and a very brilliant one, I might add). 

Barcelona really reminded me of LA, except that it is more beautiful and more European which for me equals to more fun! It has beautiful beaches, great places to catch a breathtaking view of the city, and very cool buildings and structures thanks to the genius of Antoni Gaudí, the very famous Spanish architect.
A few pointers:

- Food in Barcelona was very disappointing mainly because we had to eat around the touristy areas due to the little amount of time we had there. My friends who went at other times raved about the food though (Paellas, anyone?) because they dined away from those areas. So basically avoid the busy areas if you want to eat some good food! 

- I'm not sure if he is always there but when you go to the giant cross on top of Park Güell to get the best view of Barcelona, you might have an encounter with the craziest and funniest guy who is yelling and playing the Guitar! While we were there he got on one knee and serenaded me with a weird song he just made up, kept flirting with me and screamed I love you as I was leaving - of course all in good fun! To see a short video of one of his songs for me, check out TravelwithAva's YouTube channel and watch the video. I promise you'll have a good laugh! Here's the link: 

Arc de Triumf...this one spelled with an f and well, in Barcelona instead of Paris. This one is definitely more colorful than the Parisian one. 

Candid shot in front of Barcelona's top attraction - La Sagrada Familia, one of Gaudi's most spectacular creations still in the making after 150 years!!!

La Sagrada Familia

Park Güell
Park Güell - Another Antoni Gaudí project

View from the cross on top of Park Güell

LA's beaches got nothing on Barcelona's...or do they?

My personal favorite attraction in Barcelona - Casa Batlló also created by Antoni Gaudí. This crazy house which has been resembled to human skeletons, a dragon, and the ocean was actually just a regular home for the Batlló family! Wouldn't you want your house to look like that?! I know I do!

Inside the living room of Casa Batlló

The mushroom chimney inside Casa Batlló - that little couch section on the right used to fit two people, a girl and a boy for when they go on a date, and on the left which you can't see now is a one person couch which was intended for the girl's chaperon - typically an older lady - to sit on and watch over the couple on their date!

Backyard of Casa Batlló

Joana and I in front of the Gothic church in the Gothic Quarter

Palau de la Musica - A gorgeous opera house in Barcelona

Michael and I in front of Palau Nacional and the Magic Fountain (tip: Magic Fountain does not work during winter time)
Paellas and Sangria :)
Yes, I love food! and yes, I am that person that takes pictures of everything they eat! But these yummy goodies are not to be missed when in Spain...Potatoes with Garlic and Cream and Patates Bravas! mmm

There was this store down the street we were staying at right across from Palau de la Musica which really had everything you could think of! Well, this is just a picture of Joana and I having fun in the store :D If you have some extra time to kill, check this store out. It's fun!
Michael, Joana, and I at the sight of the 1992 summer Olympics. It is definitely worth a visit!

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