|After deseyuno in the Florida Room of the ‘Pension’ (hotel), we consult our host about the best way to see Barcelona.
We are just two blocks from the train station and take it for the ½ hour trip to downtown Barcelona. Once there, we take a tourist bus for two different tours that take up much of the day.
We get off for the two Gaudi landmarks: the Sagrada Familia cathedral (in construction now for well over 100 years) and Park Guell. These works, by this visionary artist, can only be described as gigantic sculptures – the amazing architecture shown in our pictures.
We also see the lovely port of Barcelona, the stadium built for the 1992 Olympics (holding 100,000 fans), the royal palace, the shopping district (Barcelona has more two-wheel vehicles for the populace than any other city in Europe), and many other lovely sites.
This city is much more spread out than others we’ve seen. It is relaxed and everything has an overlay of “art” – it is outstanding. Linda feels it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world (along with San Francisco).
We successfully negotiate the return train trip to Sitges (something of a feeling of returning to the “country” after this huge city). We discover a market just a block from the hotel that is a lot like “Whole Foods” and we eat on our private balcony before retiring early.