jn82’s Epic Adventure

Day 30 [28 Feb 09] – Barcelona

Posted in Barcelona by jn82 on March 1, 2009

After getting up pretty late and having a Big Mac meal for breakfast (McDonalds in Barcelona has no breakfast menu?!), we headed to the highest point of Barcelona, Mt. Tibidabo. Although there was an easy way to get to the top of the mountain by a special bus, we decided to do it the tourist way (slightly more expensive), first catching the subway to the Tibidabo station, then taking a tram to the base of the mountain, followed by a funicular up to the top.

At Av. Tibidabo metro station.

The tram to the funicular station somewhere up the mountain.

Funky looking funicular and the view from it.

The view from Tibidabo was not that fantastic today because it was very hazy looking down into the city. You could barely see very far and get a clear view.

Pretty poor view of the city below.

The amusement park and Temple de Sagrat Cor.

Paying an additional €2 enabled us to get on the lift in Temple de Sagrat Cor to go up to the top of the church tower, the highest point on the entire mountain.

Temple de Sagrat Cor.

View of the city and the amusement park from the top.

Communications tower Torre de Collserola.

After the mountain, we headed to Parque Güell, a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of el Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona, designed by Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1900 to 1914. Nothing that spectacular here after all the Gaudí stuff we had seen yesterday, so we did a quick round here and headed off for a late lunch after.

Main entrance of Parque Güell.

Balloon busker.

Design on one of the roofs.

After lunch, we headed to The Nou Camp, home to F.C. Barcelona. However as it was already almost 5pm, we were not sure if we could get into the stadium to do the stadium tour today. Upon getting there, we realised that the team was about to board the team bus and travel to their away game, where they are playing Atletico Madrid tomorrow. Managed to get some pictures of the players.

Puyol putting his own bag on the bus.

The very cool Vitor Valdes.

Super striker Samuel Eto’o.

Ex-Chelsea man Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Wow, amazing! We will probably head back tomorrow morning and do the stadium tour then, but it was worth it today just coming down here and catching these football stars.

We caught the metro next to catch a water fountain show which goes on every Friday and Saturday from 7pm – 9pm. Pretty impressive initially, but gets boring after a while.

Some fountain pictures.

And as I have been having almost for every meal so far in Spain, dinner was paella. However slightly different tonight, as I tried squid ink paella (which tastes almost the same as normal paella). I really love paella.

Squid ink paella, Paella Arroz Negro.

Link to today’s pictures here.

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