the adventure continues:- The man from Barcelona!

Arriving in Barcelona extremely early this morning to meet our next airbnb host to welcome us into our new apartment for the next two days, we had left Castellterçol at about 7am. we had a quick couple of coffees and no breakfast so we could get on the road. We had to drop our gear off at the apartment and have the rental car back at the airport by 9:00am.

Ryan did the honours with the rental car (much appreciated mate) and Jen and I  got settled into to our accommodation. A couple of loads of washing, Jen went to the supermarket and………..Oh yeah……it was Ryan’s birthday, so Jen got some balloons and we blew a few up and she wrote stuff on them to surprise him when he returned. We put the A/C on flat-out to cool the place and then proceed to catch up on our social media updates and communications with friends back home, as we had technology again.

After a late breakfast Jen and Ryan decided to stay in and just chill for the day, so I left the house headed for a look around our little area of Barcelona. From the street I could see the very large steeples of Sagrada Familia, Antonio Gaudi’s unfinished cathedral. This is a master piece of design started in March 1882 and it is still in progress today. I have wanted to see this building for about twenty years now and I was on my way to it.

Sangrada Familia - Antonio Gaudi's Spanish Gothic architectural masterpiece.
Sangrada Familia – Antonio Gaudi’s Spanish Gothic architectural masterpiece.
Sangrada Familia - look at the detail on the masonry, incredible.
Sangrada Familia – look at the detail on the masonry, incredible.

Once I was completely in awe of this grandiose building I needed to have a bit of a rest, so in good fashion I wandered around town and found a great little cafe – Snack 55. I settled in there for the afternoon until about 4pm, knocking off two coffee’s and three margarita’s.

My view for a couple of hours today........I was the man from Barcelona.
My view for a couple of hours today……..I was the man from Barcelona.

I trundled back to the apartment to pick up Ryan and Jen so we could go out for a big wander around town for the evening. What a great idea that was. We walked to the fountains, through La Rambla, avoided a suspected pick-pocket attempt, had a pretty average meal and then walked all the way to the waterfront taking in some amazing sites along the way.

The central fountains at the top of La Rambla. Just a great place to hangout.
The central fountains at the top of La Rambla. Just a great place to hangout.
This is just beautiful and I had to photograph it.......simply stunning.
This is just beautiful and I had to photograph it…….simply stunning.
Sauntering down La Rambla.
Sauntering down La Rambla.
Telegraph building - another fabulous building in an amazing town.
Telegraph building – another fabulous building in an amazing town.
Picasso live here in Barcelona for years......their adopted son.
Picasso live here in Barcelona for years……their adopted son.
Santa Maria del Mar - Incredible sums it up.
Santa Maria del Mar – Incredible sums it up.
Santa Maria del Mar - outside the building.
Santa Maria del Mar – outside the building.

This was a wonderful day in a beautiful city that has so much to give. I would like to come back and spend a week or three just wandering around and really delving into the lifestyle, the language and the cuisine……….I want to become……….The man from Barcelona!

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