The Colorful City of Barcelona
The top place on my Barcelona sightseeing checklist was Park Guell. I had seen photos of the pillars, vistas, and decorative creations, which is why I had to experience this unique destination for myself. The trek to this park is not an easy one, it’s actually very far, as it sits on the outskirts of the city. To get there, we took advantage of the abundant and efficient public transportation that Barcelona offers. We set out from the center of the city, Place de Catalunya, on Bus 24, but, like with all buses, it’s a bit of a ride with lots of stops. There is the option of the metro, which is faster, but with the walk uphill we opted to take the bus because it drops you off right at the entrance thus avoiding the long walk to the park. Research pays off.
This garden, complex with architectural elements, was everything I imagined and then some. As you can see from the vivid photos and the big smile on my face, I really enjoyed Barcelona’s Park Guell. Designed by the creative mind of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí the park offers a peace and calming effect, sans the many tourist. The main terrace is surrounded by a long bench, where I sat in the first photo, in the form of a sea serpent.
We also climbed to the large cross at the park’s high-point, where we were offered the most complete view of Barcelona.
I previously shared what I wore on this day of exploring, An Outfit for a Day at the Park.
The same day, a Thursday, was an evening spectacle worthy of postcards and massive crowds, Barcelona’s Magic Fountains. You might be thinking, these photos are fake… They’re not. A light summer rain greeted us as we approached the head of Avenida Maria Cristina in the Montjuïc neighborhood of Barcelona, Catalonia from Plaça d’Espanya. The weather combined with the light of a beautiful sunset lit the sky and buildings with beautiful colors and dynamic contrasting shadows. It was breathtaking. I mentioned it was Thursday, this is important as this magical fountain of music, light and movement only happen Thursday through Sunday every half-hour between 9:00 and 11:00pm May to September and October to April Fridays and Saturdays every half-hour between 7:00 and 8:30pm.
Without a doubt this was one of my favorite “tourist” days. If you missed my first post from Barcelona, check it out: Wandering in Barcelona.
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Amazing photos by: @peterlang