Thursday April 22- Saturday April 23, 2011
We arrived around 1pm and dropped our baggage off at at our hostel, BCN: Hello. The hotel was a little outside the city center, but the hostel itself was very nice. We walked into town and got lunch on the famous street, La Rambla. It was bustling with people and the sun was out. Perfect day. After lunch we took the metro to see Sagrada Famila, which was designed by the artist Gaudi. The church was absolutely breathtaking with its unique artist style.
Sagrada Famila is a little outside city center so since we didn't know exactly which direction to go, we spur of the moment decided to join the Hop on Hop off bus tour. I have never done one of these double decker bus tours before so it was something new. We immediately went to the open air top and had a perfect view of the city. We rode the bus for about 1.5 hours until we were COMPLETELY frozen from the wind. We "hopped" off and found the nearest Starbucks to warm up.
From there we walked around the tourist shops area and ended up shopping in the renowned shopping stores. Barcelona is definitely a city famous for its fashion.
After 2 hours on the bus, we walked to the mall at the marina, which is open every day, no matter the holiday. A little shopping always brings the spirits up, even on a cold rainy day. After lunch, we got back on the tour bus and finished our sight seeing tour of Barcelona...this time, we viewed it from INSIDE the bus.
The metal sculpture is designed to look like waves
Gothic Church in the middle of the Gothic Quarter
Designed by Gaudi
Later that afternoon/early evening, we witnessed a Good Friday parade. People where throwing roses from flats and crowds were surrounding the parade route.
Barcelona is a great city, with a lot of culture. The only thing I wish was that the weather was better. I am sure I would have enjoyed it if the sun had been out a little more. It is a city I recommend people to visit and someday I hope I can go back and enjoy more of the beaches along the Mediterranean Sea.
|La Rambla...packed with people|
|Calan and I at the Marina|
|me at Marina|
|Calan and I self portrait on the tour bus|