Dec 28 2013 | Comments
BARCELONA – ROOM WITH A VIEW
After a lovely five day Christmas with my mom in New York we took off yesterday, I think it was yesterday, for Barcelona.
I have never heard anyone say a bad thing about Barcelona. Every time you say “I’m gong to Barcelona” – people get this glazed overlook and say, “Oh, that is the most wonderful city.”
One day in, I have to agree. We arrived very early yesterday morning. We had tail winds in our favor so it took less time than it die to fly to LA three weeks ago – I kid you not.
We did thing we always do which is we do not go to sleep. Not once not at all- not until night fall. We shower, change our clothes and head out.
Lucy and Taylor did not follow suit. Lucy crashed until dinner. Taylor took a nap and met up with us at one.
But Glenn and I hit the streets.
I’m going to do what I did with Menton and just take you on the walk with us. This is a great walking city, a great sight seeing city, a great people watching city, a great food city, its just great!
First thing I saw when we got to our room.
This is the view of the desk I am writing this from.
View out the window from the desk.
As always a partial shot of our room.
The first thing we stopped to look at was a Gaudi building. This is the city of Gaudi. The line was too long to go inside.
As close as I could get with a zoom.
Everywhere you look in Barcelona there is great architecture. This bldg was a few down from the Gaudi.
There are gorgeous wide streets.
And wonderful rooftops where ever you look. I love rooftops. Must have something to do with Mary Poppins.
An Apple store in every city. This one is in a former bank building. We did not actually go in. Glenn likes to check out the lines.
We left the big main street called La Rambla and went into back streets that date back to the 14th and 15th Centuries.
We were looking for a very specific Church. This was not it. But I took photos any way.
You have to remember we were going on no sleep. We stopped for coffee all the time. This was the first stop. We needed to find the Picasso murals, across from then we would see La Catedral
And outside the coffee shop – there they were
And there it was. La Catedral.
The oldest Gothic Cathedral in Spain. They started building it in the 13th Century.
First thing you see when you walk in.
Then you look up. They like you to do that in Cathedrals.
I took a lot of pictures. It is one of the most spectacular Churches I have been in. And I have been in a lot of them.
Another shot. I’m going to bore you silly with these.
You need to get him in.
This gives you a better idea of the dimensions.
We stood in front of him while we waited in line to go up to the roof.
You get to the roof, climb some metal stairs and then you are met with this.
And you turn a little bit and see this. The rooftops of Barcelona.
And then a little to the left.
And out there you have the Mediterranean
Then we went back out and hit the streets.
We were told we had to see this museum. It is the private collection of the Frederic Marres. Who died at 100 last year. He was a true collector. We have never seen anything quite like it. He collected 300 sculptures, mostly religious and then 50.000 objects. Everything from fans to iron work to coin purses, pipes…endless.
A few of his heads. But there were rooms of these. The museum is on four floors.
There was room after room of these. I was happy Lucy was in the room, she would have rebelled.
It is all beautifully displayed and perfectly lit.
But endless. For the price of your ticket you are allowed to return in the next six months as they know it’s a lot to do in one day. But one day is all we had.
This is the courtyard of the museum.
We found our way to Temple Roma d”August. Underground there are four columns and the architrave of Barcelona’s main Roman temple, dedicated to Caesar Augustus and built in the first century AD.
We stopped in this square for yet another coffee.
We then met up with Taylor on La Rambla in front of the main market. I have an entire blog of market shots for another day.
Right above their heads, across the street I caught sight of this, the tranny on the balcony of the sex museum.
We went back to a very pretty square and had yet another coffee.
He sat in the middle of the square. I liked the way he looked.
The oldest public piece done by Gaudi.
We walked back with Taylor, took her by the Cathedral. I loved these windows.
I also loved this bird.
Saw this on our way back.
We were getting really tired.
But there was still so much to see.
We loved them.
We eventually returned to our room with the view. This is the activity out of our window.
The end of the day where we started it.