Landed in Barcelona. We chose to fly but in hindsight taking the bus would have been a better option. It takes same amount of time door to door, its much cheaper and you don’t have to worry about baggage fees in the bus. Our bag was the only bag checked-in in the whole flight and we paid 72€ in excess baggage. Don’t know why we opted to fly.
Barcelona is known its “Gaudi” architecture. Antoni Gaudi was a Spanish architect who had very distinctive style. His work includes stained glass, colors, ceramics and off shapes.
First visit was to Casa Batlló and is one of Gaudi’s masterpieces. Always good to buy tickets in advance to avoid long lines and get entry through the fast lane.
Barcelona is well connected by train system. We bought a 10-ride ticket which you can use on any train in the city.
Next stop was Park Guell, again designed by Antoni Gaudi. It is a public park located on Carmel hill. Thank God for the escalators which make the climb to the hill easy.
As we walked to the park from the train station we realized that the people in the city are not very happy with tourists. There is graffiti everywhere and sings to the park pointing in the wrong direction.
There is no food / water available beyond the ticket office. Most surrounding shops sell “picnic packs” which you can carry inside the park. The park is free to enter but there is a “monument” section which requires a 7€ ticket. There are time restrictions to enter this area and you can only enter at the time printed on your ticket. So, plan your trip to the park accordingly.
You will see Gaudi’s style depicted front and center throughout the park with odd shaped walls, columns, ceramic and glass structures. You get a good view of the city from the hill and most people like to stay there for sunset.
Walked around the city at night and admired the architecture and night life. Loved the lit up facades of the buildings.