Barcelona series – part 2 morning

“Barcelona
Such a beautiful horizon
Barcelona
Like a jewel in the sun”
– Barcelona by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé

In my previous post, you could read how I and my friends landed in Barcelona. Today I’ll share with you our plan for day 2.

Day 2

  • Mercado de la Boqueria
  • Mirador de Colom
  • Barri Gotic
  • Cathedral of Barcelona
  • Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi
  • Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar
  • El Born Centre de Cultura i Memória
  • Parc de la Ciutadella
    • Parliment of Catalonia
    • Plaça de Joan Fiveller
    • Mamut
    • Museu Martorell
    • Castell dels Tres Dragones
    • Cascada Monumental
  • Passeig de Lluis Companys
    • Arc de Triomf
  • Sagrada Família
  • La Pedrera
  • Casa Battló

New day, new start

It’s Friday and we have to get up pretty early so we have enough time for today’s adventure. But first, we’re going for breakfast. It’s served in the hotel next door, which is under the same owner I suppose. A crew member asks as if we want a coffee and runs to prepare it. Meanwhile, we find ourselves a table and go to check the buffet. There are fresh baguettes, ham and salami, and cheese. There’s also jam, eggs, some veggie and fruits, muesli, yogurts and others.

For my taste, the coffee was a little bit strong but it wasn’t bad. Luckily they were offering also OJ.

La BoqueriaMercado de la Boqueria Mercado de la Boqueria Mercado de la Boqueria

After delish breakfast, we head to La Rambla where is Columbus Monument. On our way there we stopped at well known Mercado de la Boqueria. I saw so many videos before we went on this trip and I was so excited to see it on my own and I don’t regret a bit. I love markets with fresh groceries. Here you can buy fruit, veggie, meat, cheese, fish, spice and many more. It’s magical there.

 Mirador de Colom
It’s early morning and still a little bit cloudy so the view from the Monument isn’t perfect. But still, we can see the whole of Port Vell and most of La Rambla. Next time I’ll go visit this monument, I’ll choose a later hour when the sun is already up. What is interesting about this monument? Columbus is pointing to the sea (somewhere near the city of Constantine, Algeria) but not to the America which he discovered. Oh and when we were buying tickets there, we got to talk with a really nice lady who pointed us to some spots tourists have no idea about… But I will mention them later 🙂
 

Barri Gotic cathedrals

 
When we’re done with Monument, we go to Barri Gotic to see some cathedrals. We are walking around those narrow streets with beautiful gothic architecture. On our walk, we run to Cathedral of Barcelona. Then there is Basílica de Santa María del Pi. And Basílica de Santa María del Mar.
We also walked around Pablo Picasso’s house, but we didn’t want to pay any more money so we didn’t go inside. What was actually interesting was El Born Centre de Cultura i Memória. It’s a huge house and inside there are foundations of some old buildings. When you are there, it’s like you’re transformed to some archeologic place. Somewhere in Egypt or the Middle East but under the roof. At least it felt like that to me.
Cathedral of Barcelona 

Parc de la Ciutadella of Barcelona

 
It’s almost lunchtime and right behind El Born Centre is a parc. As usually, we have with us our guides (books) so we are looking where we are. The guide tells us that we are in Parc de la Ciutadella. In the parc, there should be Jardins Fontseré i Mestre. Also Umbracle del Parc de la Ciutadella and Museu Martorell. Across the park we see Castell dels Tres DragonsInstituto Público Verdaguer and Parliament of Catalonia are across each other. And of course Cascada Monumental. We are walking through parc. Admiring mandarine trees and little green parakeet you can hardly see in the grass. They are the same green color. And then we see it. Cascada Monumental in front of us. It’ so huge and so beautiful. I saw many cascades in the past (even the one in Versailles in Paris) and this one is one of the best. Simply beautiful. Now we just have to find some bench on the sun. It’s not so hot in the shade. It’s time to have some lunch as it’s already lunchtime and we’re not done with Barcelona today yet. 🙂
Parc de la Ciutadella Parc de la Ciutadella Parc de la Ciutadella

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