Lynn and Nick in Europe, 2009

Barcelona, 19-25 September

  Church of St Philip Neri, in a lovely quiet courtyard in the Gothic area of Barcelona. But the pockmarks on the lower part of the walls are said by some to have come from the Civil War, when people were lined up against the church and shot. *
  Roadway shrine to St Eulalia. *
  Just one of those shots you can sometimes take! *
  Barcelona has some very interesting buildings. *
  One of Picasso's earlier public works. †
  This waterspout on the Cathedral was clearly carved by someone who had heard of elephants but had never seen one. *
  The interior of the very fine Gothic church of St Marie del Mar. *
  Light in St Marie del Mar. *
  Courtyard in the Palace Real (Royal Palace). *
  Entrance to La Boqueria markets. *
  The range and quality of produce in the markets was staggering to those used to Australian supermarkets. *
  Candied cumquats. *
  A great display of Serrano hams, which sell for about €58 per kg. *
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  Sign on an umbrella shop in Las Ramblas. *
  The light lens taken from a lighthouse, in the Maritime Museum. *
  We went to the top of Montjuïc, where there is a fortress built to defend the harbour. *
  You get to Montjuïc by taking a funicular from Paral-lel Metro station to halfway up the hill, then a cable car. This shows the area in front of the fortress,  two cable cars, and the view over Barcelona. †
  Detail of mechanism of one of the cannon at the fortress. *
  One of the major reasons for visiting Barcelona is to see the works of Gaudì, a talented but posibly insane architect in the Art Deco style. This is Casa Batilò. †
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  A nearby Art Deco street light. *
  A nearby modern building that is in keeping with Gaudì's work. †
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  Not far away is another work by Gaudì, Casa Milà, a block of flats with quite extraordinary chimneys. †
 
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  Statue on top of a nearby roof. †
  At what was then the northern edge of the city, Gaudì was involved in the development of Parc Güell, which was intended to be a residential development. Somehow, the houses never got built and the area is now a public park. This is the entrance. *
  One of the Parc Güell pavilions, near the entrance. *
  Mosaic in Parc Güell. *
  Still Art Deco, but not by Gaudì, this is the spire on the Hospital Santa Creu i Sant Pau, looking down Avinguda de Gaudì towards Sagrada Familia. †
  Gaudì's masterpiece is the Sagrada Familia church, which is still under construction. This is the Passion Facade, showing the Passion of Christ. †
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  Night-time view from our apartment window towards Sagrada Familia. *

From Barcelona, we travelled by train to Valencia.

 

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