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Our travel

                          Barcelona, Spain

 Computers are useless.     

They can only give you answers.
         --Pablo Picasso  




Leading to the palace...









The Palau Nacional which houses the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya.       




The Barri Gotic ("Gothic Quarter" in Catalan) is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. Many of the buildings date from medieval times, some from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona.






Can you spot the famous El Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia  church at 11 o'clock in the morning haze of Barcelona? That is probably the longest building site in modern history

Check out the rounded street corners...

The Torre Agbar, or Agbar Tower, is a 21st-century skyscraper at Plaça de les Glores Catalanes. It was designed by Frecnh architect Jean Nouvel. It opened in June 2005 and was inaugurated officially by the King of Spain on 16-09-2005. The Torre Agbar is located in the Poblenou neighborhood of Barcelona and is named after its owners, the Agbar Group, a holding company whose interests include the Barcelona water company  Aigues de Barcelona. 

The escarpment of Montjuïc , situated to the southeast, overlooks the harbour and is topped by Montjuïc castle, a fortress built in the 17–18th centuries to control the city as a replacement for the Ciutadella. Today, the fortress is a museum and Montjuic is home to several sporting and cultural venues, as well as Barcelona's biggest park and gardens.



The resto-bar where we enjoyed great Tapas.   







La Boqueria is the star among the Barcelona markets - if only due to it's being located on La Rambla, the street that so many people have called the most beautiful in the world.

They say on La Rambla, and not beside it, because the flower and bird sellers along the promenade are part of the market too.  



 Restaurant in the Market. You can't get the produce and the meats any fresher.       


Plaça Catalunya (or Plaça de Catalunya, both being the official Catalan language names) is a large square that is generally considered to be both Barcelona's city centre and the place where the old city (see Barri Gotic and Raval, in Ciutat Vella) and the 19th century-built Eixample meet. It is also the place where people gather to express their joy, sadness or defiance.     




The El Cortes chain. This store is located at Placa Catalunya.











Xmas decorations beside the El Cortes  store.










The unfinished church is Gaudi's most famous example of his visionary genius. It is presently being painstakingly completed.  






Casa Milà, better known as La Pedrera (Catalan for 'The Quarry'), is a building designed by the Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi, and built during the years 1906–1910, being considered officially completed in 1912.

It is located at 92, Passeig de Gracia ('passeig' is Catalan for promenade or avenue) in the Eixample district of Barcelona.

Park Güell is a wide garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of el Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. It was designed by the Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1900 to 1914. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni Gaudí". It was planned as an upscale community, but those plans fell through.

Doric columns support the roof of the lower court which forms the central terrace.This is where the "market" area for the upscale community was supposed to be located.



Casa Batlló is a building restored by Gaudi and Josep-Maria Jujoll, built in 1877 and remodelled in the years 1904–1906. Architectural Modernism at its best. 

The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), because it has a skeletal quality. It was originally designed for a  middle-class family. The Entrance fee is a little steep at 18 Euros, but they receive no Government grants, so the fees they collect pay the upkeep/restauration. However, it is well worth it, especially for the rooftop views. Very few straight lines in this building...





At the foot of La Rambla.





 Barcelona 10-2013


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