Barcelona 20061028

A busy day as a tourist in Barcelona. Started at Sagada Familia, which I enjoyed. Gaudi is a genius. I took loads of photos. Bought a small book that contains the remarkable water-coloured plans of what the finished masterpiece will look like.

Next stop was Las Ramblas. I got mixed up about where Parc Gaudi is, so instead I walked to Parc de Ciudadella, which is lovely itself. The Catalan Parliament building was closed to the public (I had hoped to add to my parliamentary mug collection). I enjoyed a light lunch at the fountain nonetheless.

Continued to La Pedrera, another of Gaudi’s great works. Not as good value for the admission fee, but at least the audioguide was free. The stacks on the rooftop are out of this world. I’ve never seen anything like it. Upon  leaving, I noticed a book called “Dali-Gaudi”, which is about the two men’s similarities. I agree.

By now I was pretty tired, so I retreated to the hotel for a rest. At about 7.00pm or so, I headed back to Las Ramblas. I planned to go to The Four Cats, as recommended by my DK travel guide, but upon arrival I realised that it didn’t match the description: the menu prices were quite expensive. Instead, I discovered a terraced restaurant overlooking the nearby square. The view was spectacular and the food was delicious. I missed Madame Oui not being with me, however.

I finished the night with a long stroll and a yummy gelado of strawberry and pistachio.

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