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Location - Western Europe; Capital - Madrid; Population - 46 million; Currency - Euro MORE SPAIN

The Royal Wedding brought holiday madness to the UK so I booked a flight to Barcelona and made my way to my final European micro-nation, Andorra - April 2011.

 

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spain23I loved this look. The guy is advertising a club using a very floral motorbike on Las Ramblas - Barcelona

 

spain24Las Ramblas seems to be busy at all hours, especially on the weekend - Barcelona

 

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spain31A rainy look at Las Ramblas, the main shopping street in Barcelona, from the top of the Christopher Columbus statue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain36At the bottom of Las Ramblas is the Monument a Colom - Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain39In the English speaking world Colom is better known as Italian explorer Christopher Columbus - Barcelona

 

 

spain44Cross the road from the Columbus statue to the city's port area - Barcelona

 

 

spain48The Homenatge a la Barceloneta stands on Sant Sebastia beach, with the W hotel in the background - Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain3The cloister of Barcelona's Gothic Cathedral, a short walk from Las Ramblas, in the Barri Gotic quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain10This was early morning on Good Friday and the streets of the old Gothic Quarter were quiet - Barcelona

 

 

spain12A painted shutter in the Gothic Quarter - Barcelona

 

 

spain13It was a cold and damp Good Friday in the Barri Gotic, Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain17On La Rambla del Raval is the work known as 'gat' (does that need a translation?) - Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain26Back on the main Las Ramblas boulevard, an Easter march was taking place on Good Friday - Barcelona

 

 

spain28The first thing that came into my mind was 'Glad they're not wearing white', but apparently some were. Luckily nothing to do with the KKK though - Barcelona

 

 

spain50Barcelona is famous for the fantastic buildings of Modernist architect Antoni Gaudi. This one is known as La Pedrera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain55A couple of minutes away from La Pedrera is Gaudi's Casa Batllo - Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain61The skull or jaw-like balconies of Casa Batllo - Barcelona

 

 

spain85Casa Batllo is an apartment block which Gaudi refurbished in the early 20th century - Barcelona

 

 

spain64Casa Batllo's main window - Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain76You'll find most of Gaudi's works involve curves - Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain81The weird and wonderful designs of Antoni Gaudi on the Casa Batllo rooftop - Barcelona

 

 

spain87Back in the Gothic Quarter is the 19th century Placa Reial - Barcelona

 

 

spain90Placa Reial is surrounded by bars and restaurants - Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain91 Walk through the arches on Placa Reial to check out a few more restaurants - Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain93The early evening streets of El Raval, on the west side of Las Ramblas - Barcelona

 

 

spain96In El Raval is the London Bar, famous as a spot where Picasso has partaken of a tipple or two - Barcelona

 

 

spain106Gaudi's best known creation is the amazing La Sagrada Familia church - Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain111Work started in 1884 but, as can be seen by the cranes, it has still to be completed - Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain119There's evidence of Gaudi's customery bright colours and curves - Barcelona

 

 

spain124La Sagrada Familia also draws on Gaudi's love for nature - Barcelona

 

 

spain127La Sagrada Familia - Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain134At the time of Gaudi's death in 1926 La Sagrada Familia was less than a quarter complete - Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain129The entrance to La Sagrada Familia - Barcelona

 

 

spain131Inside La Sagrada Familia, columns stretch upwards and branch out at the top - Barcelona

 

 

spain132Looking upwards to the church ceiling - Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain101 The alleged completion date of the church is 2026 - Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain103Four of the intended eighteen spires of La Sagrada Familia - Barcelona

 

 

spain139The midway-point between Av Tibidabo metro and Tibidabo itself - Barcelona

 

 

spain140Taking the funicular up to Barcelona's highest point, Tibidabo, at 512metres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain142At the very top of Tibidabo is Jesus himself, perched on the Church of the Sacred Heart - Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain144On a clear day the views from Church of the Sacred Heart (Temple del Sagrat Cor) are stunning - Barcelona

 

 

spain146And you can even take a 'flight' at Tibidabo's funfair - Barcelona

 

 

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Beyond the funfair, the city of Barcelona stretches out to the Mediterranean

 

 

spain162Just to the left of the statue head are the towers of La Sagrada Familia - Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain157Checking out the funfair plane at Tibidabo, Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain163I didn't hang around until sunset but I'm sure the night scenery must be amazing - Tibidabo, Barcelona

 

 

spain152The red to the right of the tower is part of a rollercoaster ride - Tibidabo, Barcelona

 

 

spain165The curved building on the coast rising into the sea is the W Hotel, Barcelona's answer to Dubai's Burj al Arab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain173 Back down in the city, cable cars link Montjuic hill's various sites - Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain17618th century Montjuic Castle crowns the highest point of Montjuic - Barcelona

 

 

spain179And it's another place for great views, this being a section of the port - Barcelona

 

 

spain183You can just make out the Columbus statue rising on the left, with the old port and marina to the right - Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain185Boats fill the old port and marina - from Montjuic, Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain174This view from Montjuic stretches to Tibidabo, with Collserola Tower to its left - Barcelona

 

 

spain194There's some busy bars and restaurants in the Gracia area, particularly along Carrer de Verdi, Torrijos up to Placa de la Virreina (pictured) - Barcelona

 

 

spain195The red and yellow stripes of the Catalan flag in a Gracia home - Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain199Placa de Sant Josep Oriol, in the Gothic quarter, has a small market and is edged by the Santa Maria del Pi church - Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain202Damn I've forgotten these American women's names. You know who you are! After too much Irish beer in the Gothic quarter - Barcelona

 

 

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LINKS

www.barcelonaturisme.com

www.spain.info - Spanish tourist board

http://spainguides.com

www.visitaspain.com

 

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