Friday, May 07, 2010

Thursday 6th May - Barcelona sightseeing

Today was a free day GP wise, so after a long lie we headed out in to Barcelona. We walked to the train station and checked out where to go tomorrow and bought our train tickets, 15 euro for ten journeys to Montmelo, pretty good compared to Scottish transport prices! The platform we had to go to was not very clear, but we found out where to go and headed back to the hotel via the shops to get some provisions!

In the afternoon we headed up to the Montjuic area, a place we had visited before but would like to go back to, luckily it is not far from the hotel so was easy walking distance. We walked past the magic fountains and got our photo taken from the top of the steps beside the art gallery (I think), which gave great views of the city (see the bottom photo - they don't seem to be in the order I uploaded them!)

We then headed up the hill further and spent a bit of time exploring the olympic stadium then headed up to a view point over the sea. We planned to take the cable car to Barcelonetta, an area on the coast just past the world trade centre, but it was not running, so we walked down to the bottom and got some lunch at the marina. We then walked up La Ramblas before heading back to the hotel.

In the evening we walked round to the magic fountain to watch the display, it was very pretty, the water was 'dancing' to music and illuminated by different colours too, it was pretty effective as dark was coming in.

It was then time to get sorted for our early start the next day, alarm set for 7.15am!

The Magic fountain display

Walking up La Ramblas

Inside the Olympic Stadium (it is currently being refurbished as it is hosting the European Athletic Championships)

The two of us posing for a pic with Barcelona in the background

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