The Plan (the whole Plan)
Day 12 : Sat 2 Jun : A day in Barcelona
The thing about Barcelona is ...
... oh, for God's sake, it's Barcelona! If you don't know, just go there. Soon.
Here are the statutory pictures.
|The day started (obviously) at the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia.|
|Gaudí's eternal building site is full of scaffolding and concrete dust (as is quite a lot of Barcelona at the moment) but you can still get some good shots like this.|
|We tried to take a photo from an unusual angle, but there are so many unusual angles in the building already that it became a bit pointless.|
|The latest attempt to complete the job is well under way, and the authorities claim it will be finished in 30 years. We'll see.|
|We then went to Montjuic and found an Olympic stadium — a bit bigger and newer than the arena at Nîmes, but not quite as pretty.|
|Here are some contestants aiming for the Olympic-standard lounging-about medal.|
|The park's also full of silly toys you can play with.|
|Or you can make a complete arse of yourself (and threaten bits of your anatomy) by climbing on ropes.|
|The park also has innovative and scary means of transport.|
|As indeed does the rest of Barcelona.|
Oh, and Kevin will be pleased to know what not only did we find the Basque tapas bar that he and Mark spent a long afternoon in a couple of years ago, but we also went to the Restaurant Set Portes. We had to join a bloody great queue to get in, but the baccalà was excellent. They don't do the tarta de whiskey any more, but they gave Patrick a suitably huge pud to make up for it.
Anyway, it's Barcelona. Just go. Now. Take my car. (It might just about survive the journey and I ought to replace it soon anyway...)
 Within the grounds, there is also a schoolroom designed by Gaudí, with similarly bizarre geometry. As David pointed out, any pupil who misbehaved and was told to stand in the corner would face a real conundrum.[Back]
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