Spain (Day 1, Part 2)

October 21

Barcelona

[Continuing our first day in Barcelona, strolling about on Montjuic Hill . . . ]

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[Appears to be a dead tree – oh, and the towers of the Palau Nacional (National Palace), a/k/a, home of the National Art Museum of Catalonia since 1934 . . . ]

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[Basically, the view 90 degrees to the right of our first views of the city from the top of Montjuic . . . ]

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[Looking back to where we were and where we returned in the following photos . . . ]

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[Above and below, the hilltop views of Barcelona . . . ]

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[This is the place . . . ]

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[From which to get this view . . . ]

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[The guy played terrific classical guitar.  When I went to drop a few Euros in his case, he was gone.  We ran across several excellent street guitar players on the trip . . . ]

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[All this excitement created thirsts . . . ]

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[I held the table while the others beverage shopped . . . ]

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[And then you just keep coming back to this view . . . ]

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[Did you notice the gull make an ever growing three-photo appearance?]

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[We are so enjoying this . . . ]

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[We too!]

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[OK, Bill and I had a beer; Anne and the Super had gelato . . . ]

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[And then we switched positions so they could be in the sun . . . ]

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[Now we’re heading off to see what’s on the other side of the museum . . . ]

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[We didn’t get far before I needed another rest . . . ]

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[I am me; the statue is unknown . . . ]

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[A nice tree-lined street . . . ]

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[And now from the other side . . . ]

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[At least this one is identified . . . ]

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[This Olympic Bell was a gift of several German families and the German state government of Baden-Württemberg to Barcelona during the 1992 Olympic Games (waymarking.com).]

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[Barcelona Olympic stadium (1992) . . . ]

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[Barcelona Olympic Stadium Esplanade at Montjuic hill . . . ]

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[Olympic spire . . . ]

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[Again, the stadium . . . ]

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[Then we walked around the stadium . . . ]

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[But first looking back at where we came into the Olympic zone . . . ]

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[Were any of you here?]

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[So, we’ve circle around the stadium.  It was a warm day, we’ve walked a long way, and starting to feel pooped . . . ]

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[And now we’re heading downhill in search of the funicular for the final downhill dash.  Along the way, there are breaks in the trees for views of the city . . . ]

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[In the middle here is Sagrada Familia, where we would be the following mornig . . . ]

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[A cable car – we would take a ride in a following day . . . ]

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[Where the cable car alights . . . ]

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[A garden adjacent to . . . ]

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[The funcular . . . ]

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[Which we rode to the bottom of Montjuic on our multi-ride subway tickets . . . ]

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[And then on the walk back to our hotel we stopped at an outdoor cafe for fine dining.  In front of me was my first of several Spanish salads . . . ]

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[And the restaurant was Vivo.  It was nice – and handily walking distance from our hotel . . . ]

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[Buenos noches, y’all.  In the morning we walk to Sagrada Familia . . . ]

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[And the last photo of a marathon walking day.  Why yes, Halloween is a biggie in Spain.]

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Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.  ~  Gustave Flaubert

Up Next:  Even more Barcelona?

One thought on “Spain (Day 1, Part 2)

  1. First day walking almost killed me. Submercing my feet in the rooftop pool helped. And I forgot to pack my shades so lots of photos squinting into the sun. All worth the experience!

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