October 28, 2002
The view from the castle grounds is breathtaking - the entire harbour is just beneath you, with Barcelona stretching away to the other side. Massive artilery pieces point toward the luxury cruisers packing the harbour area - unlike the panorama binoculars, those were not coin-operated, so we had to leave them dissapointed without firing a single shot.
The Military Museum houses an amazing selection of artillery pieces, firearms and - best of all - melee weapons through the ages. An amazing selection of bladed weapons include everything from moorish scimitars and arabian axes through european broadswords, halberds and maces to japanese katanas and battle armour. There are also several halls filled with military paraphenalia.
Should you get weary of your long wanderings, a small but decent restaurant in the castle courtyard caters to your tastes (as long as they're fairly simple).
If you're not weak of foot or naturally lazy, the road back down can take you past Anella Olimpica for a quick look at the olympic complex. From there it's a short walk to Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya and back to city life.
From journal Barcelona at the tips of your toes