Spain (Day 4, Part 2)

October 24

Barcelona

[After lunch at Xalet de Montjuïc, we walked “next door” to the 1992 Olympic games diving venue.  Bill vividly remembered the TV coverage with the spectacular views of Barcelona as a back drop!]

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[Then again afoot, heading toward our final destination Barcelona . . . ]

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[Park Guell . . . ]

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[It was on a side street – and straight up hill.  This was just a place to stop and catch our breaths . . . ]

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[A nice little plaza area about halfway up the hill . . . ]

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[A religious icon, I assume . . . ]

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[Good ole Villa Carmen . . . ]

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[Looking back down at whence we came.  The little plaza area is just there on the right . . . ]

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[The street just getting to the stairway was pretty steep . . . ]

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[We’re almost there . . . ]

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[And “there” . . . ]

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[OK, let’s go in . . . ]

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[You are here . . . ]

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[And now walking in the park . . . ]

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[Vegetation . . . ]

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[The Super sits to determine our track . . . ]

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[A “holey” tree . . . ]

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[Looking back in the direction of the city . . . ]

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[This is where we would return at dusk for a tour of the Gaudi Museum . . . ]

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[Beautiful city vistas . . . ]

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[Gaudi had his fingers in everything, so to speak . . . ]

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[Oh no, it was decided we had to climb even higher (did I mention it was warm?) . . ]

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[And from a higher perch . . . ]

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[With the Sagrada Familia on the left side . . . ]

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[Anne agrees about the warm climb, but at least it was mostly shady . . . ]

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[Casa Trias e Domenech designed by Gaudi . . . ]

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[Master of all he surveys . . . ]

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[The Gaudi Museum on the right . . . ]

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[And Casa Trias e Domenech closer upper . . . ]

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[Evening the retaining walls were works of art . . . ]

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[A rather unique columned walkway as we’re trending back down . . . ]

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[I’m gonna guess a spire?  Yup, for the museum . . . ]

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[The walkway from below . . . ]

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[Colorful vegetation . . . ]

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[Colorful vegetation, part 2 . . . ]

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[The Gaudi House . . . ]

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[Designed by Gaudi – so students could cheat off their partner’s desk?]

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[In the living quarters . . . ]

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[The House’s garden . . . ]

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[And exiting . . . ]

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[It’s dusking – you had assigned times to be able to venture out here for the view . . . ]

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[We made it!]

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[This sitting area was all about the tiles . . . ]

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[(Four tile photos by the Super)]

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[Now we’re working our way all the way down where we encountered Captain American and his significant other . . . ]

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[A whole bunch of columns which I suppose support everything above them . . . ]

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[Approaching the park exit . . . ]

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[(From the Super)]

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[Fairytale Gaudi contructions at park exit . . . ]

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[An iguana and the Super . . . ]

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[With a gift shop in here . . . ]

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[Here comes Bill as we rounding up everybody for the trip back . . . ]

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[As I recall these represented a dragon’s spine, or some such . . . ]

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[A final look around . . . ]

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[Then from here it was a walk back up the hill to catch a bus . . . ]

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[Last day in Barcelona.  Anne said we covered 5.7 miles with 46 FLIGHTS OF STAIRS! I’m getting too old for this! Off to Madrid in the morning . . . ]

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[(A final three from the Super)]

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[DYK, obert in Catalan means open?  I had no idea!  We kept seeing obert signs all over Barcelona . . . ]

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[But now adios to obert as we would be leaving Catalonia . . . ]

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[Adios, Barcelona!]

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Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs.  ~  Susan Sontag

Up Next:  Moving on in Spain

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