Spain trip report: Barcelona, Day 3, Parq Guell + Dinner

After I checked out Casa Battlo, I decided to try and squeeze in the park that had a ton of Gaudi architecture in it. I took the subway to the stop that seemed nearest and hoped for the best. There were signs that pointed the way. But it was a looong walk along the main street, and then I made a left and had to walk up a huuuuge hill. Which I guess made sense because the park was supposed to have to have a great view of Barcelona. And it did! And I knew the walk back would be downhill.

Gaudi’s touch was evident right away!
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On top of that terrace thing is a nice view – but if you keep going up, there’s an even better one!
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Lizard! Or salamander?
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Underneath the terrace thing:
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When I left, this area was full of people selling stuff. I may have stocked up on fans and some glass heart pendants. :-)
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There were tons of musicians in the park too. Near here I sat and listened to one.

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Actually, you can see the musician near center right and the bench I sat on at left!
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Here’s the terrace – and the view. You can see La Sagrada Familia, and the Mediterranean.
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This is where I was with all the stone structures:
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Climbing further up, you can see the terrace again:
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This is a house Gaudi lived in from 1906 to 1926.
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I took a tour of inside the Gaudi house:
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I LOVE this desk!

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Some of the art from La Sagrada Familia:
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The view:
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So I got further up in the park and found this view. I saw here on the wall for a while because it was so peaceful and pretty. There was a guy playing guitar down below.
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This garden was under construction.
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I went even further up in the park and there was another house, but you couldn’t go in. It was pretty though.

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La Sagrada Familia
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It was starting to get a little darker, so I headed down and out of the park. A few more on the way out:
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On the way down the steep street from the park, I saw this, which reminded me of China!
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After a long walk and a subway ride, I got back to the hotel. I was SO tired! We had a little bit of time to rest before having to go out to meet Doug’s colleagues (and the Spanish university people they were meeting with) at a restaurant. The restaurant, of course, wasn’t close. And we were worried about traffic, so we decided to take the subway as far as we could, and then try and catch a cab.

So we got on a subway car and after only a few stops, the car sits and the doors don’t open. We sat there a while, and finally it became apparent something was wrong! It was a little interesting to see people continue to try the doors, even though they didn’t work for the previous person. Eventually, they made us all leave via the emergency exit at the end of the car. The car rocked a lot with so many people leaving at once! We decided to just try to get a cab. It didn’t take too long, thankfully – and we got to the restaurant on time.

Dinner was interesting – a mix of people. Some from Doug’s workplace. One who was Spanish but lives in DC now. One who was Mexican but lives in Spain now (we were seated near them). They were fun to talk to. I was next to the head of the Spanish project people. His accent was harder for me to understand and he kept speaking to me in Spanish and I’d have to say “what?” I only picked up on a little of it. There were other people at the other end of the table, but I didn’t get to talk to them as much.

The food was…interesting.

The Spanish guy ordered a bunch of appetizers. These are…tiny fish. :-/
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I did try them, but it was hard to get past the idea of eating whole tiny fish. That weren’t crackers.

This was sea urchin. Not sure what it was mixed with, but it was served in the shell.
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Doug had the sea bass which was fishy.
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I had some sort of scrambled egg and shrimp thing that was pretty good.
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The best part was the desserts. This creme/pastry thing Doug ordered was amazing.
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And I had a chocolate souffle with almond (I think) ice cream. So good!
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This tile in the restaurant reminded me of China too – of all the bat motifs in the Summer palace:
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The restaurant did have a nice view:
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We shared a cab back and walked from the other person’s hotel, which was by the Barcelona Catheral:
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And that was Day 3! Pretty full day, no?

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