I have a confession. For some reason, every time I even think of the word Barcelona, Queen’s song comes to mind instantly. OK, so now I have that out of the way, on to the highlights.
Passeig de Gràcia
I got the ‘heads up’ on some live jazz music in Plaça de la Vila near Passeig de Gràcia so I decided to have a look. I sat down at a cafe and enjoyed a coffee and crepe whilst listening to the music. What a great start to Sunday afternoon!
Passeig de Gràcia is very chic with big names such as Gucci, Chanel and Bvlgari to name but a few. Of course, there were some very interesting buildings to enjoy on the way to Plaça de Catalunya. As it’s Barcelona, Gaudi had something to do with these and they are, of course, very unusual.
On the subject of Gaudi, I couldn’t write about Barcelona or Gaudi and not include La Sagrada Familia. Having queued up at 9am on a weekday in September, which surprised me, I finally got to see and experience it. I was surprised at its size. It’s much bigger than I thought it would be and so different to any other church. Well, I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised at that. The restoration is steaming ahead now because of all the money being raised as a result of it being such a popular tourist attraction.
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
This has got to be my favourite place in Barcelona. It is so quiet and peaceful up there and there is a great view. I spent a bit of time sitting on the steps of the museum watching the world go by and reflecting on my travels to date away from all the craziness and noise. Coming back down to Plaça d’Espanya made me appreciate the tranquillity of where I had just been.
Arenas de Barcelona
From Plaça d’Espanya, I came across Arenas de Barcelona. It was the people at the top that intrigued me so I went in and, of course, made my way to the top. There are shops, a multiplex cinema and restaurants inside. At the top, it was a bit windy but I had a great view. There was one extra level but I wasn’t allowed up because I didn’t have a ticket. It’s only one Euro and you purchase the ticket at the entrance to the building. I didn’t realise that when I went in. To be honest, the view I had was good enough.
La Rambla is probably the most famous street in Barcelona and possibly the busiest. At the time, I had no idea where all the people came from. A little while later I discovered a cruise ship had docked so that was probably the answer. There were quite a few people who had opted to have their portrait or a caricature drawn by local artists.