Monday, June 01, 2009

Barcelona


We made it back from our trip safe and sound. This is me in Gaudi's Parc Guell. I really wanted to see these benches because of an Almodovar movie with Penelope Cruz sitting on them. They looked so intriguing in the movie and the real thing did not disappoint.

The lizard is on the stairs at the entrance to the park. I bought a tiny version of it, about three inches long, as a souvenir for ds.

DD (age 12) and I were in Barcelona on our own and she really wanted to see the zoo. It was a great zoo, very big and well maintained, with lots of animals. There were peacocks running loose, and making their scary sound, which gives the place a lot of atmosphere. We even saw a peahen with tiny chicks.

Dolphins, although we were too late to see the dolphin show. I would rank the Barcelona Zoo on par with the Houston Zoo, much better than the Atlanta Zoo.

This is a Gaudi house and museum that was a block down from the hotel. The mosaics were so gorgeous.

This is the Sagrada Familia, the Gaudi cathedral. This building was begun in the 1880s and they're still working on it. You can see the workers in the middle of the church, pouring forms for the decorations while touring the church (and the cranes in the photo). It was amazing, you could see a figure or animal almost every place you looked.

Vegetables in a stall in the Boqueria market, on the main tourist drag called *La Rambla*. This street had lots of stands with rabbits and turtles for sale.

We shopped around in some Juniors or Teens clothing stores and dd bought a couple of tops. I had to snap a picture of these jeans. . . The young girls in Spain are all wearing M. C. Hammer pants. I never thought I would see the day. Some of them were knit capris, but the crotch was down between the knees. You could fit at least a few Depends under these things. . . Every time we saw a pair, I would start humming *U Can't Touch This* much to dd's chagrin.

I'll try to blog the rest of the trip in separate entries over the next couple of days. (A food post is coming for sure.)

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4 Comments:

Blogger Amanda Cathleen said...

ok, now you've done it, I'm longing to go! Such beautiful sights! Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

7:37 PM  
Blogger mermaids said...

do they still allow you to climb to to top of the towers in the gaudi cathedral? i was able to do that when i went almost 30 years ago. it was terrifying, but very cool. the stairs were incredibly narrow... no railing... eek!

7:46 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Teri, you can go up there, but we didn't do it. You can take the elevator instead of the stairs (my guidebook also said the stairs were scary!) but we didn't feel like paying extra and waiting in line for the elevator. I am so bad with heights -- ack! The whole thing was so amazing and I loved watching the guys working on it.

12:11 PM  
Blogger laura said...

We were there in January I posted the same pictures on my site!) and they would only let people use the elevator. The line was so long we didn't bother with it. The Ramblas was fun with all the street actors putting on a show if you dropped them some coins. Did everyone warn you to hang on to your purse while walking along the Ramblas? Supposedly there's a lot of purse snatching along that stretch. Who knows.

6:32 AM  

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