Even though we had an “early” night, we put the time to good use, loosely planning our remaining days.
Our day started off with a stroll down La Rambla, stopping at a cafe. The food wasn’t the greatest, but the people watching was fantastic!
We ducked into Placa Reial, a beautiful, elegant square, full of palm trees.
Our first real stop of the day was Palau Guell, a mansion or palace designed by Gaudi. While the house itself was amazing, the rooftop was the highlight for me. Gorgeous chimneys decorated with brightly colored pieces of glass dotted the roof.
One of the reasons I like Rick is he includes helpful tips, such as buy a 10 pack metro card (which can be used by more than one person). The 10-pack was significantly cheaper than buying separate metro tickets.
The Barcelona metro was fairly user friendly. Any metro that is color coded is a big plus. But my favorite part of the Barcelona metro was the clock ticking down to the next train.
After Palau Guell, we caught the metro and went a few stops before hopping off to catch a funicular up the side of a mountain. Funicular is one of my favorite words so any day I get to ride one is a good day!
Instead of planes, trains, and automobiles our choices of transportation where trains, funicular, and a cable car! But finally we were at the top of Montjuic and treated to a fantastic view of the harbor below.
We explored the remains of the castle, before heading down the hill, stopping at the Olympic Stadium.
True story – my most vivid memory of the 1992 Olympics (besides Christian Laettner being on the Dream Team and rooting for Shannon Miller and Kim Zmeskal) was Nelson Diebel sobbing throughout his medal ceremony. I love the Olympics!!
We continued down the hill until we reached our next destination, the Catalan Art Museum. We didn’t have a lot of time before closing, so we headed directly up to the roof for the view, before heading back downstairs to explore the museum. I don’t remember a lot about the museum, except there were several sculptures that fascinated me.
The museum closed, but the best part of the day was about to happen. Part of the reason we decided to explore Montjuic on this day, was because it was one of the nights the Magic Fountains put on a show down in front of the Catalan Art Museum. Think a combo of World of Color and the Bellagio. Or at least that’s what came to my mind!
And thus ended our night. Well our sightseeing activities were at an end. But dinner was still to come. If you’ve been around this blog for a while, you’ll know how much I love pizza. No vacation is complete without eating at least one pizza (and usually more than one)!
Followed by, what else, but gelato!