Thursday, January 26, 2012

Barcelona...another day of walking and sight seeing.

As usual, we had our breakfast in the apartment we stayed.  Hubby told me that he was going to take me to view another piece of Antoni Gaudi's work.  According to him, not everyone who visited Barcelona would leave without viewing at least apiece. 
 Casa Batlló
It was not far from where we stayed (or was it), I could not remember.  I had gotten so used to walking all over and in winter, walking was fun.  When we arrived at Casa Batlló there were a few tourist buses parked.  There was a long queue outside the building and another next to where we stood.  Antoni Gaudi did not build Casa Batlló.  He was commissioned by a rich industrialist Josep Battló i Casanovas to tear down the old building. Antoni Gaudi convinced the industrialist to remodel it instead.
Entrance into Casa Batlló
Hubby did not want to wait in line for the purchase of tickets.  I would have preferred that he waited, as I wanted to view the inside. 
Street Demonstration
The Palace of the Generalitat (the government of the Autonomous Community of Catalunya) 
We walked to the Barcelona Barri Gotic area.  It is also known as the Gothic Quarter. The old town of Barcelona is situated in an area.  Narrow cobbled streets with tall buildings that are old generally characterize this area.
It was only the third day of our stay in Barcelona.  According to hubby, we would have plenty of time to 'see' the place.  Therefore, we spent the time mingling with the crowd and soaking in the atmosphere. 
Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia  
We walked to the center of the Barri Gòtic (Gothic district), the heart of Barcelona.  We saw the city's gothic cathedral, The Catedral La Seu (the commonly used name). The church named after Barcelona's patron saint Eulalia has an official name, the Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia (in Catalan) Translated it is Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. Restoration work was going on.  We did not venture inside.
Arch above the door
In front of the cathedral, there is a wide pedestrian walk The Avinguda de la Catedral.  There was a Christmas craft fair.  According to information I obtained, this place hosts an antique market every Thursday. 
We walked to Av Portal de L'Angel where one can find many shops selling designer stuff. Window-shopping was what we did.  Everything was in Euros! (Laughters) We sat on one of the bench and watched the world go by. That was another day in Barcelona.:o)

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