It’s my 3rd day in Barcelona and I like this place more, day by day. I suspect it is a good thing I don’t really know anyone here, I may not want to leave if I could slip below the tourist veneer like I sense one can.

Yesterday I walked for 3 hours down along the beach and waterfront areas of the city…. Beautiful. Even though it was rainy and cool, it’s was lovely moody weather for a long walk. From the harbour area you can see the old forts and castles up on the hills and the air of a quietly busy port permeates the atmosphere.

The View out to the Mediterranean from below the World Trade Centre, Barcelona
The View out to the Mediterranean from below the World Trade Centre, Barcelona

There were joggers and cyclists everywhere, getting on with real, normal life. Old men playing Boule (or a related game) dog walkers and people swimming in the sea. I was kinda tempted to take as dip, but having gone ill-prepared, I gave it a swerve.

At 1pm, on a whim, I decided to join a guided walking tour of the city that the Backpacker was advertising. I am glad I did. Our guide, Jake, was an Australian who has lived in the city for just over a year and he gave us an amusing, fact riddled, anecdotal whistle stop tour of the old city, the Gothic quarter and the history of the place.

The remains of the Roman Temple
The remains of the Roman Temple
Ole Pablo Picasso's art school
Ole Pablo Picasso’s art school
The Patron Saint of Barcelona (1 of!)
The Patron Saint of Barcelona (1 of!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then we went for 1 euro beers, my favourite part. There was apparently going to be an open air movie screening on the beach last night, but after I walked down there and took a look around, noting was going down except loads of people hanging out. I got offered cheap beer, marijuana and cocaine. Things coulda gotten interesting!

After another early night, I set off for Parc Guell at 8:30 this morning. Took an hour to walk there through the city, which was awesome. Although I was pretty buggered by the time I got to the top of the hill! It was so worth it though, so I spent another an hour meandering around the vast grounds… more dog walking paradise here!

It was fantastic to meander through this vision and just think about what Gaudi was trying to do. The views back over Barcelona and out to see are amazing. I kinda regret not toting a serious camera with me on these occasions! Very hard to put into words what this felt like, so not really going to try, instead, here are some more photos!

The main entrance to Parc Guell
The main entrance to Parc Guell
The view of Barcelona from Parc Guell
The view of Barcelona from Parc Guell
Incredible stone walkways and causeways
Incredible stone walkways and causeways