Tracey Jackson

Dec 28 2013 | 4 Comments

BARCELONA – ROOM WITH A VIEW

Saw this on our way back.

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.

First thing I saw when we got to our room.

This is the view  of the desk I am writing this from.

This is the view of the desk I am writing this from.

 

View out the window from the desk.

View out the window from the desk.

 

As always of our room.

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.

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.

Casa Baitlo.

Casa Batllo

As close as I could get with a zoom.

As close as I could get with a zoom.

A balcony.

A balcony.

Everywhere you look in Barcelona there is great architecture. This bldg was a few down from the Gaudi.

Everywhere you look in Barcelona there is great architecture. This bldg was a few down from the Gaudi.

 

Another one.

Another one.

There are gorgeous wide streets.

There are gorgeous wide streets.

And wonderful rooftops where ever you look. I love rooftops. Must have something to do with Mary Poppins.

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.

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 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.

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

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 outside the coffee shop – there they were

And there it was.  La Catedral.

And there it was. La Catedral.

The oldest Gothic Cathedral in Spain. They started building it in the 13th Century.

The oldest Gothic Cathedral in Spain. They started building it in the 13th Century.

First thing you see when you walk in and look up.

First thing you see when you walk in.

Then you look up. They like you to do that in Cathedrals.

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.

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.

Another shot. I’m going to bore you silly with these.

 

You need to get him in.

You need to get him in.

This gives you a better idea of the dimensions.

This gives you a better idea of the dimensions.

 

One more.

One more.

 

 

We stood in front of him while we waited in line to go up to the roof.

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.

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 you turn a little bit and see this. The rooftops of Barcelona.

 

And then a little to the left.

And then a little to the left.

 

And out there you have the Medi

And out there you have the Mediterranean

Then we went back out and hit the streets.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Better shot.

Better shot.

We stopped in this square for yet another coffee.

We stopped in this square for yet another coffee.

We then met up with Taylor on La Rambla in front of the main market.

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.

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.

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.

He sat in the middle of the square. I liked the way he looked.

The oldest public piece done by Gaudi.

The oldest public piece done by Gaudi.

 

We walked back with Taylor, took her by the Cathedral. I loved these windows.

We walked back with Taylor, took her by the Cathedral. I loved these windows.

 

I also loved this bird.

I also loved this bird.

 

Saw this on our way back.

Saw this on our way back.

We were getting really tired.

We were getting really tired.

But there was still so much to see.

But there was still so much to see.

 

We loved them.

We loved them.

We eventually returned to our room with the view. This is the activity out of our window.

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.

The end of the day where we started it.

 

 

  • CindyBouchard

    I too LOVE Barcelona… thanks for the tour. You travel like I do devouring it all.

  • Nobilia Casanova

    thanks Tracey ! for this beautiful trip ! Inside churches are stupend ! me too I love Barcelona ! the 1st time we gone, in car, it was very hot in France : I was with mauve pants, indian pink top and a cap green like an apple ; but with so much rain in Barcelona, I put boots for rain. I late the car, for the biggest hotel my fiancé commanded ; during he was turned for parking. I arrived, happy, the man of the desk, in 2 seconds, looked at me from the head to the feet and said “bonjour Madame Corbellini”. I became like a stone. I looked around… every body was elegant, smart, no colours, no boots on the beautiful carpet… I became, psychologically, small, small, so small !! few days after, we gone in … (I don’t remember the city), my fiancé choosing hotel with his name of course ; IMPOSSIBLE to have the same bedroom, because we was not married !! (when to day I tell to spanish people, they laugh) . and we came back to Barcelona for taking a boat with the car, for going in Genova for knowing my future family. but it was the San Isidoro, the 19 of may, which is a very big feast in Barcelona. all hôtels was full… at least, the Tourism Office said very fast : “go Barbero str.”. We arrived, I was very impressionated by big pictures with nudes… OK for the bedroom (together). I believe my “fiancé” understood immediately, but not me. and when we arrived Inside the bedroom, I saw the same paintings, but, but !! an enormous mirror at the celling ! it was a perfect goddamn built in the 19è century. Very beautiful. We remind 4 days, because my fiancé became seek (just a flu). YES ! I like Barcelona ! thank you Tracey for your beautiful photos and the return of my memories !!

  • http://www.traceyjacksononline.com/ Tracey Jackson

    Nobila what a great story. Thank you so much for sharing it. The older women are still very formal, but the young ones dressed in jeans and boots and dark sweaters. My mother who was here years ago with a male friend as well, said “They dress for dinner. Take dresses and dress up.” So last night I got dressed properly and was the most over dressed in the room! One never knows. But it makes for better memories when we don’t always do it perfectly.
    Lovely memories you have of this city. xoxoxo

  • http://www.traceyjacksononline.com/ Tracey Jackson

    Yes, I can see you loving it here. And indeed I think what is the point if you don’t drink it all in. I always figure I may never return so I might as well do all I can.