*This will be a long post*
We woke up late because of the late night at the fact that I was still not feeling well. Parker and I were going to meet with Dan, Shelby and Anthony but they changed their schedule around. Parker and I met with Greg, Alex, and Lauren to jump on the bus tour. We started the bus tour on the Red line (North-West end of Barcelona) but our first stop was Sagrada Familia.
On the previous day when we drove into Barcelona, we could all see the massive towers that were indistinguishable for the Sagrada Familia from the freeway.
I will be devoting a whole blog post to the Sagrada Famila because this was one of my favorite experiences in Barcelona. (Sagrada Familia)
We grabbed lunch near the church and then jumped back on the bus to go to the Park Güell. If you visit Barcelona and can only see two places, see Sagrada Familia and Park Güell because the architecture and landscaping will inspire and move you.
Yet another design by Antoni Gaudi, this garden was built from 1900-1914.
Gaudí’s house, “la Torre Rosa,” is located in the park. Although it was not designed by him, practically every facet of the park is designed by Gaudi (Although the furniture inside the home was designed by him.)
Appropriately designed, the park creates a calm and peaceful environment that cannot be matched by other parks. Even the roofs on the buildings are very unique. In the center of the park is the world famous multicolored mosaic dragon fountain.
The columns are more like tree trunks supporting branches and the curve of the columns look more natural rather than an artificial replica. This is a very common characteristic trend in most of Gaudi’s work.
Above the fountain an in the hall of Doric columns are multicolored mosaics that are scattered along the ceiling. Above the hall is the main terrace that has decorated walls similar to the mosaics around the park. From the Terrace, you can see a view of the Barcelona Bay.
On the same terrace is a long bench that is had the form of a sea serpent. This shape was actually designed by the shape of buttocks left by naked workman sitting in wet clay…a little weird but the design looks amazing. He structured the whole park to be a seemingly natural landscape.
The Park was absolutely beautiful but it was getting late into the afternoon and we still had to see the other 70 percent of Barcelona. We continued on the red line bus route which brought us to the Monestir de Pedralbes which we could not see because it was closed. So, we passed the Palau Reial-pavellons Güell, The Futbol Club Barcelona (stadium) and caught our next bus in Francesc Macia-Diagonal.
The Blue Line
We didn’t actually hop off anywhere off the blue line; we simply took in the beauty as we made our way to the Montjuïc. We passed some building that were strikingly beautiful and then we stopped at the Plaça d’espanya. Driving between the Venetian Towers, we started our ascent on Montjuïc.
We passed a number of historical buildings and stopped at the Anella Olipica (The Olympic stadium) at the top of the mountain. The view was amazing; the sun was going down and the city seemed tranquil and serene. We descended from the top and saw the world trade center (in the shape of a boat by the sea.) and circled back around to the Barri Cothic near the Cathedral of Barcelona. That concluding our tour, we dropped the girls off at their hotel and we made our way back to ours. We met up later that evening to get dinner. We had a great dinner literally on Rambla dels Caputxins. (a large main street leading from the Mirador de Colom -near the sea- and the Placa de Catalunya -near the city center-)
We all met up at our hostel and we all left for Razzmatazz (recognized one of the top clubs in Europe)
We took the metro and made our way through the streets of Barcelona for this club. The directions said a place that was a bunch of warehouses; the directions were correct. This club was massive. Its hard to explain how big it really was but we arrived “late” around one in the morning and people were just getting there. Here is a list of what was in this HUGE club:
– A main dance floor with two bars on either side
– A downstairs bathroom (whole side for women different side for men)
– Two hallways that were open and you could see into the main dance floor
– Pop dance room with two bars
– A top level room for smoking and dancing
– another set of walkways above the building; outside that gave access to another dance room
– The Lounge – practically a club in itself above the main warehouse/club.
There were more sections but overall, this place had a capability of holding well over a thousand people; tonight was an example.
We all danced and had a great time and I decided to end my night “early” at 5:30am so I went back to the hostel for sleep.
I got to see the beautiful city of Barcelona and the exciting night life of Barcelona all in one day.