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Maurice Greer’s Travel Diary

Monday, 02 Mar 2009

Location: Barcelona, Spain

MapWe flew to Barcelona on Friday morning to visit the city for a long weekend. We stayed in a nice hotel and we were close to the top end of Rambla de Catalunya, the famous pedestrian area, and we walked all the way down through Placa de Catalunya and Las Ramblas to the harbour area, the gothic district and the old town. We travelled around on the “Touristica Autobus” the open-top double-decker tour bus and we could get on and off at the stops along the route, allowing us to spend time at the major sights.
Barcelona has many beautiful buildings and we took over 100 photos but the “Modernista” buildings designed by Antoni Gaudi stand out as special in our opinion. The most famous is the unfinished “Temple de la Sagraga Familia” cathedral whose construction started in 1882 and is still being worked on. Gaudi also designed other buildings in Barcelona, La Pedrera, Casa Batllo and his own house and gardens at Parc Guell. Our photo pages will give you some idea of the scope of his genius.
We also travelled to the site of the Barcelona Olympics, the marina and the F.C. Barcelona soccer stadium. Late February is not beach weather in Barcelona but it is a great time to go if architecture, art or history catches your interest.