Barcelona Journals

Gaudi's Barcelona

A November 2005 trip to Barcelona by g-champagne*

Quote: We took a 3-day trip to Barcelona. This is our experience of staying overnight in the Standsted airport for 2 nights and our fabulous apartment in Barcelona. All of this came about because of our fascination with Gaudi's architecture.

City Hall Break & Breakfast

Hotel | "City Hall Break & Breakfast"

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We stayed 2 nights at this apartment right in the Barri Gotic. In fact, it was a block or two behind the City Hall and very close to all major attractions (eg. La Rambla, seafront, etc.) and the metro (the closest one is Jaume I). The apartment was very spacious: two double bedrooms, one kitchen, one dining room/living room, and one bathroom. I shared the apt with three friends. Each of us paid 70 euro for our entire stay (2 nights), which I thought was totally worth it. The owners were also very helpful in terms of giving us suggestions of where to go for great food, views, etc., as well as streets and places to avoid, even in bright daylight! You can check the guesthouse at http://www.barcelona-g...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2005

City Hall Break & Breakfast
Templers St., corner Palu St.
Barcelona, Spain
(0034) 651891413

Park Guell (Parc Güell)

Attraction | "Gaudi's Parc Guell!"

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If you're thinking about visiting the Parc and getting there by metro, I would recommend taking the metro to Vallcarca instead of Lesseps, because it's less of a walk from the station and there are outdoor escalators that take you up to the park if you take the Vallcarca exit. From there on, it's all downhill, so it's less tiring, even though you might feel like you're not taking the "conventional" route by not entering the park via the front entrance, where the famous mosaic dragon is.

The park is definitely worth visiting. The mosaics and the gingerbread-house-like buildings are so cute, and there's no admission charge!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2005

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

Casa Batllo

Attraction | "Gaudi's Casa Batllo!"

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The Casa was truly extraordinary! The Casa looked exactly like the ones you see in photos. That's how picturesque it really is. The admission into the Casa is bit expensive, though, if you're planning to see the whole thing. It cost about 12 euros for students, which included an audio guide and entrance to the apartment, attic, and roof. It can get quite crowded when a lot of visitors are jammed in there, but you still get a great look of the fantastic interior decoration. The audio guide was really helpful in telling us what exactly we were looking at, the story behind each part of the building, etc. It was truly a magical experience!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 3, 2005

Casa Batllo
Passeig De Gracia 43
Barcelona, Spain

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi)

Attraction | "Gaudi's Casa Mila"

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Casa Mila was another fabulous must-see sight, not to mention that it has an almost unrealistic exterior structure, and the roof top garden was also very magical. It was said that the apartment block was built without any straight line or right-angle corners, so everything looked really smooth, flowing, and alive (you know what I mean?). The admission cost is significantly lower than Casa Batllo, and there's a fabulous museum about Gaudi's architecture in there, so it's definitely worth a visit! Aside from the cool rooftop (I somehow felt like I was on a beach when I was up there) and the fantastic museum (with an audio guide included), the apartments and the lobby of the entrances were also very amaz...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 3, 2005

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

Plaça Espanya

Attraction | "Pablo Espanya"

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We went to Parc de Joan Miro before Pablo Espanya. We thought that since it was near the metro station we got off, we might as well go take a look at it. But I must say that the Joan Miro work that dominated the park was amazing, and to the west end of the park, where a lot of buildings are, there was one building that had a huge mosaic of a butterfly on its facade. Try to look for it when you're there. It's not difficult to find. We went to Pablo Espanya at about 9:30am on a Saturday morning, but the place was basically deserted. There was hardly anyone around, and all the stores and exhibition halls were not open. But we really got a chance to take pics of beautiful, empty streets full of ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2005

Plaça Espanya
Avenida de la Crew Coberta
Barcelona, Spain 08015
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Girona Sights & Attractions

Attraction | "An Afternoon in Girona"

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If you fly to Girona with Ryanair from London, it's definitely worth taking a 30-minute coach ride from the airport to the city centre of Girona. You can get a very helpful (and free) tourist map of the city from the tourist info in the airport. The streets, buildings, and cathedrals really had their characters, but the city felt really quiet, almost dead, when we were there. I guess it was because it was Sunday, so everything was closed. But still! Where were all the people who lived here?! It felt a bit creepy at times when we were walking on those "unless streets. It was also very interesting to see a park named after John Lennon there! I thought that was very hilarious. You could get a superb...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2005

Girona Sights & Attractions
Throughout Girona
Barcelona, Spain

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This is what our itinerary looked like: Day 1: Stay overnight at the Stansted Airport in London for our flight that leaves early morning the next day. It was pretty bad. There were hardly benches, and it was freezing cold in there. Day 2: Take an early flight out to Barcelona with Ryanair. But Ryanair only flies to Girona, so we had to take a Ryanair coach from Girona to Barcelona (which took about 1 hour). We arrived in Barcelona around noon, took the metro to Jaume I, and had to find our apartment (right behind the Town Hall in Barri Gotic), whcich was in a very central location. Then we went around Barri Gotic and La Rambla. We got some Catalun pizza in a restaurant in La Rambla. It had a...Read More