Not really a holiday at all (although it felt like it). Just a long weekend away really. Our friend Nigel house- (and Benson-) sat while we flew two hours south, to the Mediterranean and to the Capital of Catalonia.
Friday - Sitges
We didn't stay in Barcelona itself but in Sitges, a coastal resort some thirty minutes away. Although off-season, there were plenty of bars, restaurants and shops open.
Saturday -- The Port and Montju´c
|Saturday saw us with a temperature of 25░C in Barcelona - Not bad for March
3rd! We tried not to exert ourselves too much as we shopped our way along the
designer boutiques of the Passeig de GrÓcia. Then a leisurely stroll down the
Ramblas took us to the Port and a well-deserved lunch in the brilliant sunshine.
A cable-car took us up to Montju´c, from which we walked along to visit the 1992 Olympic stadium. After coming back down to Plaša d'Espanya via the Palau Nacional, we headed back to Sitges to rest our feet.
Sunday - Antonio GaudÝ
|We had seen a couple
of his houses the day before, but on Sunday we headed out of the centre of Barcelona to
find some of the larger scale works of the extraordinary architect Antonio GaudÝ.
First off was the temple of the Sagrada FamÝlia, still unfinished almost 120 years after Gaudi started construction. It is easily the best known building in Barcelona.
Our last stop (apart from a final Paella on the Ramblas before making the trip back to the airport) was Gaudi's beautiful Parc GŘell.
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