Day 11- Rain, Gaudi, Picasso, Paella and Sangria. Barcelona Done!

Posted: September 30, 2014 in Travel

Sampled the more than adequate Continental Hotel breakfast before heading out for La Sagrada Familia. Now forecast was for rain- yeah right- and skies were grey but non threatening (much like myself) so I headed off sans wet weather gear while CD had either a very large condom or a plastic poncho on her head. We lined up for our quick access and got in before heavens opened. For a place that looks like it was out together with Play dough from the outside , the inside is not only visually stunning but also clean and smooth. Simply an amazing sight that pictures cannot do justice to. Then it was out into light annoying rain to line up for second Gaudi fill for day – Casa Batllo. Let me tell you at 21euro each to get in they should call it Gougi. A bizarre place I guess but let’s face it if this guy was an Aussie he would have been locked up not lauded. By now though the sun was shining through and we started a slow stroll down La Ramblas. This was good news because to make an asshole truly ignorant give them an umbrella ! Great market that we went into , very similar to Melbournes Queen Vic – only better. We finished down at the harbour and had a nice stroll along the boardwalk and met some famous people. They are mostly one dimensional though as they say

Then it was time for lunch and a very passable , and sizable, paella was washed down with some Sangria. Back out into the teeming masses to find the Picasso museum – and line up again for 30 minutes. This was one screwed up dude. One week in September 1957 , he painted a different picture of pigeons every day ! No photography allowed, but there is always that one clown isn’t there that takes one. The security was straight on to him. Take his camera off him I say.

A few souvenirs later and then we trekked across a bit of town to see their Arc de Triomphe and some big Penis shaped erection . The clouds were starting to threaten again so it was back on the metro for homeward trip – and another walk home in the rain.

Barcelona is an easy city to walk around like many European capitals and we find we always walk further than planned and take less public transport than expected. Weather is important though of course

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