March 2001




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.

  Steve in Sitges Phil in Sitges  


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.

  Steve at the Port View from the Cable Car View of the Port from the Cable Car
Phil at the Port View of the City from the Cable Car
Steve in Front of the Palau Nacional The Cable Car from Montjuic


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.

  Steve in Front of the Sagrada Familia Parc Guell Phil in Parc Guell
Phil at the back of the Sagrada Familia Steve in Parc Guell


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