A Travellerspoint blog

March 2015

The Rain in Spain...

all seasons in one day 20 °C
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After an afternoon in Andorra I headed back on the bus through Catalonia and arrived back by early evening in Barcelona.

Having been to Barcelona once before I was a little unsure if the city would entertain me. However as this had been a day trip over ten years ago I was proved wrong. There was more than enough to keep me occupied.

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

I started my adventures in Barcelona by heading out to see the Sagrada Familia by night, which was nicely lit up, before heading back towards my hotel via the promenade and the ViennaSphere. However it was back at the hotel that the real adventures would happen - getting into my bathroom!

Unfortunately the bathroom lock had jammed, and as I got out the shower I found I had trouble getting back into the room. However with a little tug it was fine. I opened the window and to prevent a draft I closed the door. Going back 15 minutes later to open it I again had problems getting in. However no matter how hard I tried the door simply wouldn't open. Having to put my clothes back on I went back to the reception where the guy came back and tried to open.

Coming back after finding a ruler to try and use to open the door, he eventually resigned to the fact he "had no tools" and the mechanic wasn't coming back until tomorrow. This was fine, but how was I supposed to go to the toilet tonight? Well luckily there was a toilet opposite the room so that wasn't anything to worry about - before he left he gave one final tug and it miraculously opened. "Phew" I thought - so I quickly put my shoes in the way so that the door wouldn't slam shut again.

View over Barcelona

View over Barcelona

The next day I got up, gave the eclipse a miss due to the cloud, and placed the chair in front of the door to keep it open. I then headed out towards the old city, taking a walk past the cathedral and buying some souvenirs before taking the funicular up to the Montjuïc hill.

Inside the Olympic Stadium

Inside the Olympic Stadium


Olympic Park

Olympic Park

From the hill there are some great views of the city, and this is also where the Olympic Park from 1992 is located. I walked around, going in the Olympic Stadium before heading down the hill to Plaça d'Espanya, with its monumental gates - gaining a great view from the roof of the former Bullring, which is now a huge shopping centre.

Plaça d'Espanya

Plaça d'Espanya


Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló

After this I headed off to visit some of Gaudí Barcelona - stopping off at the Casas Batlló and Milà before heading back to the Sagrada Familía. I would today be entering and had intended to go up the towers. However due to the horrendously windy weather this wasn't possible. I therefore just made do with witnessing the massive construction from the ground.

Stained Glass inside the Sagrada Familia

Stained Glass inside the Sagrada Familia


Inside the Sagrada Familia

Inside the Sagrada Familia

After having dinner I then headed out to the last stops for the day, heading out from the Arc de Triomf and heading south through the park to the beach, where there were huge waves, showing just how windy it was today.

Arc de Triomf

Arc de Triomf

Going back to the hotel I found that the maid had moved the chair and closed the bathroom door again!! I now had to head back to reception and the fiasco continued, Luckily the mechanic was still there and so he came to fix my door.

With the WiFi also dead, I headed back out to McDonalds to use some quick WiFi when it had began to rain before going to bed for the last day of the trip.

Park Güell

Park Güell

The next morning was again pretty miserable weather wise, but as I had just one more place to visit I couldn't complain too much. I headed out of the city to Park Güell which is the best place to witness Gaudí architecture. Usually there are impressive views of the city too, but unfortunately this wasn't really to be seen.

And this is where my return to the city ended. It had been very interesting and surprisingly busy time and there is much to see in the city. If the weather had been great it would have been the icing on the cake, but even without that it was still a great time!

Posted by kmmk17 17:00 Archived in Spain Tagged architecture church city hill olympic Comments (0)

Quaint Charm in Andorra

semi-overcast 18 °C
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After travelling and hanging about for 7 hours via Barcelona, I arrived in the early hours, to the capital of my 47th country - Andorra La Vella. With it being late, I went straight to bed, eager at what the next day would hold for my second holiday of the year.

Waking up the next morning I opened to curtains to find a stunning view of mountains - for I had the best room in the hotel - top floor with views over the city and mountains below. After gathering my things I headed towards the old city, and was struck by the views of mountains from everywhere within the town.

View from the hotel

View from the hotel


Sant Esteve Church

Sant Esteve Church

My first sight was the roof of the congress centre, which at its elevated position provides views of the mountains. I then headed into the old city, where the Sant Esteve church and Parliament buildings are located. This area had a very quaint charm, with the traditional stone brick buildings and cobbled streets. Even though this was 2015, you could see that much of this area is exactly how it would have been hundreds of years ago.

Old Town

Old Town

After witnessing the old part of the town, I then headed down towards the newer part of the city, which is why most people come to the country - tax free shopping! Around 80% of the shops were selling luxury goods - cameras, tablets, watches etc.

Even in the local supermarket, beside a bunch of bananas was bulk packs of cigarettes and flashy cameras. In many ways it was much the same as Liechtenstein - luxury shops in front of stunning mountain views.

Caldea

Caldea

I then carried on walking towards the other side of the town, and saw the huge Caldera spa, a huge shard of glass pointing into the sky, before heading back towards the old part of town and eventually my bus back to Barcelona.

The town isn't very big, and so it didn't take long to see it, but it was a fun experience, and if you love mountains, skiing or luxury shopping then it's worth the visit.

Posted by kmmk17 17:00 Archived in Andorra Tagged mountains city Comments (0)