How much can you see in a day?…February 9, 2009
This past weekend, I had friends visiting Barcelona from Florence. Due to the fact that they only had two days to see everything in Barcelona, we made an itinerary and tried to see as much as possible in those two days. We started out Friday morning and began on Passeig de Gracia. On this street there are hundred of interesting things to see, shops to browse in, and food to eat. First we headed towards the Gaudi Apartments. We took the inside tour through the white apartments. After that we went to see the blue although we did not go inside. After strolling on Passeig de Gracia for a couple of hours, we took the metro to La Sagrada Familia. It was a beautiful site with tons of people surrounding in, trying to take in all that it has to offer. After viewing that, we went towards Las Ramblas and Plaça de Catalunya. We did some shopping around there and visited the Erotica Museum. Before it got dark, we visited the Arc de Triomf and walked through the park.
The next day we decided to start out taking the bus tour around Barcelona. We saw beautiful buildings, architecture, and streets despite the cold wind that was blowing in our faces. We finally decided to get off when we approached the stop for the Olympic Stadium. Interestingly enough, the stadium was built to hold the Olympics in 1936, but a civil war broke out in Spain postponing that from happening. At last, in 1992 Barcelona held the Olympics at this site. After viewing this, we went back on the bus and got off by the cable cars. This was one of my favorite stops because it was more scenic and less city in Barcelona. When we got on the cable car, we had a view of the Port and the water was beautiful. We took the cable car one was, and took the elevator down heading towards the Port to have lunch. Before we settled down to eat, we walked around the mall and walked outside as well. After a satisfying lunch at Gino’s, we walked to the aquarium. There we saw all types of fish, including several types of sharks. The aquarium was a nice relaxing walk inside which we all greatly enjoyed. After all of this, we headed for our last stop, Parc Guell, another one of Antoni Gaudi’s works. The view from the park was inexplicable and overwhelming (in a good way). This park is huge and is not just a park. You could have lunch, a pitcher of Sangria, or just walk up and down around the park which can certainly take hours. After such a long day we decided to go home and get ready for dinner. For dinner we chose Carpe Diem. Carpe Diem is located on the beach overlooking the water. You can eat at a regular table, or on a bed. The food was exquisite; we had appetizers, salad, and sushi. All in all, what I have done this weekend was more than I have done since I have been here in Barcelona. Every stop we made we would all recommend!