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Gaudi Barcelona

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An August 2007 trip to Barcelona by Roozie

Park Guell (Parc Güell) Photo, Barcelona, Spain More Photos
Quote: Interested in architecture? You'll enjoy Gaudi's Barcelona immensely!

Hotel Apsis Millenni

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Hotel | "Apsis Millenni Hotel- Nice, but Not the Best of Neighborhoods"

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We stayed here at the Apsis Millenni for what ended up being four days. The room was comfortable and very clean though not large, and well equipped with a queen bed and a private bathroom. Laundry is available and there is a breakfast served but we didn't opt for that, choosing to forage for food on our own. The hotel was close to the Para-lel train station, which was convenient. However, the surrounding area did not seem to be the nicest, being close to the Raval area. I saw someone have their purse snatched right before my eyes, and it happened right in front of the hotel. The concierge did see it and called the police immediately, and he politely warned me to keep a good hand on my purse as thieves...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 17, 2007

Hotel Apsis Millenni
RONDA SANT PAU 14
Barcelona, Spain 08001
34 93 4414177

Nagano

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Restaurant | "Nagano: Great Japanese Food, Moderate to Expensive Price"

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This restaurant down the street from our hotel was tastefully done. There is a koi pond (tank, actually but it's low) in the front window. The decor was very simple and minimalist, and we were greeted by a friendly Japanese employee who spoke excellent English. There was an English menu readily available. We ordered sushi, salad, tempura, California rolls, and fried salmon. The salad was fantastic, and the dressing was amazing. I would go back just for the salad! The sushi was great and the salmon was quite tasty as well. The California rolls were very large and could be a meal by themselves. We also got soup, water and beer. We went overboard yes, because we had not been to a sushi plac...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 13, 2008

Nagano
Avinguda Paral.lel, 76-80
Barcelona 08001
+34 93 441 45 88

Orange Claris Cafe

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Restaurant | "Orange Claris Cafe: GREAT food, superb prices!"

Orange Claris Cafe Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Orange Claris Cafe had style and ambiance to spare. We found this place while rambling along the city streets. It looked like it might be expensive but it also looked interesting so we stopped in for a drink. We were glad we did. Inside you are greeted by some stringy curtains that look cool and are fun to walk through. The room is cream colored, all the furniture is modern in style and predominantly orange, but not blindingly so, and the bar area has a swanky style. The place had a cool vibe, as we were there in the early evening. We decided to get some mojitos from the bar, but after looking at the menu we decided to eat there too. We ordered 8 mojitos at 6 Euro apiece. I don't know if that's a good...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 13, 2008

Orange Claris Cafe
Pau Claris 143
Barcelona 08009
+34 93 487 5946

Park Guell (Parc Güell)

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Attraction | "Park Guell"

Park Guell (Parc Güell) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Park Guell is a masterpiece and a wonderland. Designed by Gaudi, it is full of "gingerbread houses", Grecian temples, and some pretty intense tile work! There are also constructed rock formations that look as though they ought to tumble down on top of you, yet make a shady area underneath which you can view the city or relax on a "rock" bench. The designs are unusual and creative, exactly what you would expect from a man who took his inspiration directly from nature.From the Placa Catalunya, take the Carmel bus (I think it's #29). It will stop right at the park. It's quite a hike, even from the Placa Catalunya. The bus will go up some steep hills and stop right at the East gate. It is pre...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 8, 2007

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

Sagrada Familia

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Hotel | "Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia"

Sagrada Familia Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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The Sagrada Familia is Barcelona's most famous sight, and when you finally see it, you will understand why. We took the Metro and got off the train at the Sagrada Familia stop. When we emerged from the station, we were staring right at the side. We couldn't believe how massive it was. We stood there for a few minutes, just to allow the sheer size of the place to soak in. After we got over our awe, we headed for the ticket booth. Tickets were 6 Euro apiece, but it was well worth it. We entered through the Passion Facade, which is the more modern side of the church. The whole church was designed by Gaudi, but as I understand modern artists interpreted the Passion Facade, which deals with the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 13, 2008

Sagrada Familia
541 Corcega St.
Barcelona, Spain 08037
+34 (93) 4366115

Hogan's Australian Pub

Attraction | "Hogan's Australian Pub- Expensive and not Worth it!"

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I hate to say it but this place was a total rip off. The name made it sound like it might be cool, and the barrels for tables gave the place a pubby ambiance, but 19,50E for a half liter of Sangria and a John Smith's (beer) was a little exorbitant. So was the Vodka and Red Bull for 13,50E- it was small! I know the Rambla is a rip off in general as far as tourist trap places to eat, but all of us felt that this place topped them all. Wander off the side streets and find a cheaper place- there are dozens of them.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 13, 2008

Hogan's Australian Pub
Las Ramblas
Barcelona

Casa Batllo

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Casa Batllo Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Casa Batllo is simply fascinating. This is a house that Gaudi designed for a family, and he designed much of the furniture that was in it (which can now be seen at Gaudi's house inside Park Guell). This building is different from Casa Mila in that most of its interesting elements are indoors. The roof is highly unusual, but the biggest element of it is the dragon's back structure and tower with a cross on it that represent St. George slaying the dragon. The balconies are supposed to be reminiscent of skulls, and they do look like skulls to me. The facade of the building is beautifully tiled, and the interior fixtures are all highly unusual, from the sea anemone light fixture to the "whale-spine" stair...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 13, 2008

Casa Batllo
Passeig De Gracia 43
Barcelona, Spain

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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This is Gaudi's famous apartment building. In the summer they have jazz concerts on the roof, something I did not know until I arrived. The price of visiting was expensive, but what a wonderland awaits you upon entering. If you enjoy seeing unique architecture you won't be let down. The apartments are furnished in period furniture in a kind of Art Nouveau style. You will notice details like window shapes and unique, marine-inspired floor tiles, not to mention the way light flows from room to room. Up on the roof, there are great views of Barcelona and a unique photo opportunity of the Sagrada Familia through one of the arches. (If you go you'll understand.) There is another Gaudi-designed building, Ca...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 13, 2008

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

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In Barcelona there are pickpockets galore. One of the hotel concierges told me that they are mostly Moroccans who have not integrated into Spanish society. However, I am sure anyone who wants to can be a pickpocket in Barcelona. I saw someone have their bag ripped off right in front of my hotel, and my husband saw someone spill something on someone and as the spiller helped the guy pat himself dry, the spiller's accomplice swept by and stole the man's wallet and ran. And lastly, a friend of mine went to Barcelona by himself. He stayed in hostels because he wanted to meet people. He went out to party with strangers and they got him trashed. Then they beat him up, stole his wallet, his passport, his cam...Read More