Barcelona Journals

Setting our sights on Barcelona

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A November 2005 trip to Barcelona by Philly_Girl

Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Musica Catalana) Photo, Barcelona, Spain More Photos
Quote: Only have a few days in Barcelona? Here are some sights you don't want to miss, and one you may be able to skip.

Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Musica Catalana)

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Attraction | "Palau de la Música Catalana"

Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Musica Catalana) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Music truly comes alive in this beautiful music hall, the Palau de la Música Catalana. A short 5 minute walk from Placa Catalunya, we visited this palace of music on an English tour (available on the hour). The Moderniste-style music hall was designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner in 1908, and is throbbing with color and design details. Although they sadly do not allow you to take pictures inside, we captured a few of the outside details. The music hall features a large and three dimensional stained glass sun in the center of the ceiling which is breathtaking. Stained glass scenes take up much of the large vaulting walls, and the entire interior is covered in sculpted flowers, and in partic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 20, 2005

Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Musica Catalana)
Carrer de Sant Francesc de Paula
Barcelona, Spain 08003
+34 93 2954261

Aquarium of Barcelona (L’Aquarium de Barcelona)

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Attraction | "Aquarium"

Aquarium of Barcelona (L’Aquarium de Barcelona) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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We have a fondness for aquariums that defies explanation. We rarely go to a city with an aquarium and opt not to visit. Because there is so much to do in Barcelona, the aquarium was low on our list, but we made it there on our last day in town. Located near the port and directly on the water, the L’Aquàrium de Barcelona entry price was steep: $14.5 Euros for adults and $9.5 Euros for children and adults over 60. Most of the exhibits have English descriptions; however, we were disappointed that the fish described at the top of the exhibits were rarely visible within the tanks. Despite that annoyance, we enjoyed the aquarium, spending about 2 hours there. We entered and descended along a ram...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 20, 2005

Aquarium of Barcelona (L’Aquarium de Barcelona)
Moll d'Espanya del Port Vell
Barcelona, Spain
+34 93 2217474

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi)

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Attraction | "Casa Mila"

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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"Come on," my husband said, "they're still open," as he ushered me toward La Pedrera, or Casa Mila, one of Gaudi's finest architectural achievements. After a long day walking throughout the parks and streets of Barcelona, I was exhausted, but as soon as I saw the building, I was immediately hooked. "Wow," I murmured as we approached the sinuous facade quite unlike anything else on the boulevard. La Pedrera, or the Stone Quarry, occupies the corner of the block. The first thing I noticed was the oddly shaped chimneys at the top of the building. Evidently these chimneys were so unnerving to Barcelona citizens when they were constructed they were nicknamed &ldquo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 20, 2005

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi)
Passeig De Gracia, 92
Barcelona, Spain 08007
34644 291 481

Park Guell (Parc Güell)

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Attraction | "Parc Guell"

Park Guell (Parc Güell) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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One of our first stops in Barcelona was this amazing park designed by Gaudi. Parc Güell is a fun place to spend a morning or afternoon. This park was commissioned by Count Güell, one of Gaudi’s primary patrons. This was intended to be a garden community with several grand homes scattered throughout the grounds and including an open-air theater that would cover a marketplace. Unfortunately, the wealthier citizens of Barcelona preferred living closer to the downtown area of Barcelona and only 2 of the lots were ever sold. Despite its failure as a garden community, the park has thrived as a public park, after the Güell family turned the area over to the city. We caught bu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 20, 2005

Park Guell (Parc Güell)
Montana Pelada, Gracia District
Barcelona, Catalonia

La Sagrada Familia

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Attraction | "Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia"

La Sagrada Familia Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Why visit an unfinished building, you might ask? Because it is one of the most stunning architectural designs ever put into action.Despite the scaffolding, we were extremely impressed with this cathedral. Under construction for more than 100 years, this mammoth undertaking has been delayed by a war, the architect's death, lack of funding at times, and by a fire which consumed many of the original plans. Work on the temple began in 1882, and when Gaudi took over the project 2 years later, he drastically revamped the plans, and subsequently spent most of the rest of his life working to complete the project. Estimated date of completion? 2020. (Yeah right, laugh the pessimists.)We...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 20, 2005

La Sagrada Familia
Carrer de Mallorca, 401
Barcelona, Spain 08013
+34 93 2073031