Posted by: Leap of Faith | September 19, 2010

Beautiful Barcelona


It’s been a few days since we arrived from our two-week long vacation in Europe where  I tried (in vain) to update this site several times but could not do so because our tour schedule was just so hectic. Thankfully, I found the time now since we are in the comforts of our home and still battling jetlag.

Anyway, I just wanted to share with you some of the photos we took in Barcelona – our first stop. Personally, I am glad we decided to visit this place even though it was not part of our tour itinerary since this Catalonian capital is just so beautiful. 

As with most of our trips, the first agenda of our day was to find the “hop-on, hop-off” buses that brought us to the main tourist attractions of the city. We went on tour with Pinky’s parents and siblings, a first for us in this part of the world.

Can you guess who they are in the photograph above?

What I love about this city is the abundance of well-maintained old buildings, monuments and landmarks which make it a perfect place for taking pictures.  

Our hotel was centrally located near the Las Ramblas district, which is “the place to be” when in town.  Street entertainers, shops and restaurants fill this place with life during the day and well into the night.

Its close proximity to the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) was also a plus for us since it gave us easy access to more of the city’s treasures.    

Pinky insisted on visiting the Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat, which was an hours drive from the city.  Somehow, the lure of paying homage to our “Bedan roots” was just too hard to resist.  Seeing the famous Black Madonna (La Moreneta) and enjoying the scenic location of the monastery were truly more than enough to make us happy.  However, being able to enjoy the street market, where local delicacies like a variety of cheeses and honey are sold, is the icing on the cake.    

Of course, not everything in the city is ancient.  In fact, what is interesting about Barcelona is the fact that they also have many modern attractions all over town.  After all, they don’t call it the seat of Modernista art for nothing!

 

 The stark contrast could even be seen in some of their modes of transport like the mult-colored tricycle above.

Of course, if there was only one place you had to visit in Barcelona, that would be  Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia, construction of which has been ongoing for more than a century now.

Unfortunately, all the tourists in Barcelona seemed to have had the same idea too so we could not enter the church since the queue was just so long. 

 

Interestingly, the workshop, original models and blueprint of the Sagrada Familia were destroyed or lost during the Spanish civil war so it is now being completed based on the reconstructed versions of the lost plans and its modern adaptations.

This “Passion Facade” was interpreted by Josep Maria Subirachs.

 

Even so, Gaudi left several unique and interesting masterpieces all over town from the Casa Mila to Casa Batllo and the Park Guell.  Without a doubt, Barcelona is Gaudi city.

Unlike this lady, who seemed to be in a pensive mood when I took a “stolen shot” of her, we all left Barcelona very happy knowing that we brought with us many beautiful memories and stories that will stay with our family for a long time. 

And yes, after seeing a good part of Spain, we now understand why the Catalonians claim that Barcelona is different (some even going to the extent that it is not Spain – a notion that we seem to generally agree with for the most part 😉 ).  But, in retrospect, to be different could very well be a most wonderful thing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Responses

  1. WOW! amazing photos…they have great architectures! can’t wait for the rest of the photos especially in Paris.

    • Thanks, T.A.! Yes, they do. I actually enjoyed taking photos of the buildings and had so many of them that I had a hard time choosing which ones to upload. I ended up just choosing the photos randomly.

      I’ll try to blog about the rest of our tour soon.

  2. welcome back to pinas you guys! (as if naman nasa pinas ako hehehe)… i’m glad to hear you had a wonderful trip. as usual, your photos never fail to rub-off that feeling of awe that must have overwhelmed you while standing in front of those architectural masterpieces. punta rin ako don (in my dreams lang! hehehe)

    • Thanks, Dante! Oo nga, for a moment I thought you were on vacation dito sa Pinas – he he he!

      Barcelona is a photographer’s haven (as if pro yung dating ko – he he he!). So many nice subjects to photograph. You should plan a trip there in the future – at least nga it’s just a few hours away from the Mid East.

      Hope you had a great Ramadan.

  3. If you ask me, Barcelona and Montserrat were definitely the high points of our trip – truly worth repeat visits (budget and time-permitting, of course!).

  4. Super agree with that, Hon. I am thinking, though, whether we should have a repeat visit in the future. I would rather go to other places that we have not seen before – alam mo naman kapag may budget constraints.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: