A November 2005 trip
to Barcelona by Philly_Girl
Quote: We visited this beautiful city in November, and despite the rain, fell in love with the architecture, delicious food, and lively spirit of the place.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 19, 2005
Attraction | "Misfortunes on Montjuic"
Despite the promise and allure of the Miro museum on this hill near the coast and on the outskirts of Barcelona, our Montjuic expedition was largely a failure. The cable car, or funicular, as they are called, was out of order, so we gamely took the bus midway up the hill to the Miro museum (wonderful, see entry!). From there, we had the bright idea of climbing up the hill to the Castell de Montjuic (or castle). This was when things began to go seriously awry. The guidebooks indicated several faint lines going between the major roads and connecting the major sights. We believed these lines were walking paths... foolish, foolish tourists. We set out to climb from the Miro museum to Castell along of these “paths” and were enjoying a beautiful hike when it unexpectedly dead-ended on a road with no signs indiciating which way to go. We guessed left and, after 45 minutes of switchbacks, headed to the castle… a run-down yet picturesque sight.
We opted to skip the military museum and instead spent 15 minutes taking in the magnificent views of Barcelona and the ocean. It is only because of these views that I somewhat recommend Montjuic. Hopefully I looked around for a cab to take back down the mountain, but all we found was the broken-down funicular, which we gazed at with some regret. If we had only known how that regret would fester during the next couple hours…So, down we walked. As we descended, we stumbled upon a couple official “maps”. However, the same faint lines indicating paths that these maps pointed us to ended in chain-linked fences. From time to time, we could see the Olympic stadium, and tried to orient our descent using that as our guide. This is a hill built for cars, and I would strongly discourage anyone from attempting to walk unless you have a much better map than we had. What a disaster. Three hours later we reached the beautiful Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. At least it was beautiful from the outside, we were too exhausted to enter, and instead gratefully made our way to the escalator leading directly down to a metro station to return to our apartment. To make matters worse, when we got back to the apartment we noted that the guidebook we had left there, strongly recommended we NOT attempt to walk to the sights on Montjuic. In general, we totally botched this visit. All in all, not a great day, but perhaps you will have better luck on your journey, and particularly if the funicular is working by then!
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 19, 2005
Southwest of City Center Overlooking the Harbor
Attraction | "En Guard in La Rambla"
La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall