Barcelona Journals

A Tour of Barcelona

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A February 2012 trip to Barcelona by Slug

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Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi)

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Attraction | "La Pedrera - expensive but worth a visit"

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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My favourite Gaudi site of all remains Park Guell for its sheer impressive space and for the fact it is free, but for a close up view the rooftop of La Pedrera is hard to beat although in my opinion the 15 Euros entrance fee means it has just about priced itself out of the "repeat visit" market. That said, as it had been at least a decade since my last visit, and armed with a new camera I thought it was time to bite the bullet let those fingers slip into the wallet and pay another visit. The best spot of La Pedrera is the roof although if it happens to be raining in Barcelona then it is closed for safety purposes. Rather amusingly you aren't allowed to jump on the roof either, which gives ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 19, 2012

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 | "A Park Full of Art"

Park Guell (Parc Güell) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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I know it isn't original in the slightest, but my all time favourite place to visit is Park Guell on the edge of Barcelona city centre. We always find the simplest way to get to the Park is to travel to Lesseps Metro Station (not perhaps the closest, but easiest to get to) and then walk for about 15 minutes along the main road, and then up the hill to the entrance. As the park is both free to enter and a magical place to visit you will not get the place to yourself. The entrance way with its fantastic sweeping staircase and vivid brightly tiled lizard are the main attractions, and I'm guessing that some people stagger out of a taxi, take a look up the steps and depart again hap...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 5, 2012

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

La Sagrada Familia

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Attraction | "La Sagrada Familia - I'm not paying that!"

La Sagrada Familia Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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I've visited what is perhaps Barcelona's most famous landmark, Gaudi's massive and unfinished cathedral 3 or 4 times, and each time am fascinated by Gaudi's mind and eye for design, and yet horrified at the entrance price (it was 16 Euros to see inside the Cathedral and to go up the towers), the crowds and the indecent haste in which the building is being thrown up to achieve completion. This time around, for each of these reasons we simply enjoyed the cathedral from the outside rather than visit the innards. I'm not too sure what the famously humble and pious Gaudi would make of the huge charges made to visit his cathedral creation. I'm guessing he would not be too impressed. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2012

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

Picasso Museum (Museu Picasso)

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Attraction | "Appreciating Picasso at the Mueseu Picasso "

Picasso Museum (Museu Picasso) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Although I'm quite into modern art, appreciation of the work of Picasso generally passed me by until I visited the Museu Picasso in the heart of old town Barcelona a few years ago. I recently revisited the museum as we were visiting Barcelona with a friend, a first time visitor to the city. The Museu Picasso costs 11 Euros to enter and probably takes just over an hour to have a reasonable rootle through the exhibitions. Unfortunately, the real top draw paintings are not at the Museu Picasso although you get a good feel for the early development of the artist, and through a later series of paintings, both donated to the city of Barcelona personally by the artist and by an ardent admirer and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 4, 2012

Picasso Museum (Museu Picasso)
Montcada, 15-19
Barcelona, Spain 08003
+34 93 3196310

Resort Town of Sitges

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Attraction | "A day trip from Barcelona: Sitges "

Resort Town of Sitges Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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We always look to take some time out from any city break, and our most recent trip to Barcelona was no exception. This time we decided to visit the nearby seaside resort of Sitges, just 30 minutes and 6 Euros or so, on the train. Trains leave every 30 minutes from the main Barcelona Sants train station, and tickets can be bought from the ticket machines on the platform. You need the main line trains rather than the underground.Sitges itself is a pretty little place, and in winter mid week at least, very quiet and relaxed. I had heard there was a large gay community in Sitges, but apart from a few same sex couples strolling along the beach front, there appeared to be little indication. I gu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2012

Resort Town of Sitges
35 Km SW of Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

Brunells

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Attraction | "Get your chocolate fix at Brunells"

Brunells Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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One special thing about the shops in Barcelona is that they haven't completely been taken over by the multiple chain stores, and you will find plenty of individual shops to browse. This is particularly true for the older part of the city centre, the Barri Gotic part of town around the original cathedral. Brunells looks like it has been around for a few generations, and I'm sure in the dark days of austerity and the Catholic values of Franco that a little treat from the bakery and sweet shop Brunells would have gone down well. Today, the little shop is very near to the Picasso museum and makes for a good place to pick up an inexpensive, different and unique gift for the folks ba...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 29, 2012

Brunells
Princesa 22, Montcada
Barcelona, Spain
933 196 825