If you have not already read what Tessa did in the beginning of her trip
you should definitely check out Part I!
While in Spain, Tessa had the chance to see many old friends who live in the area.
One evening, Tessa and her father joined a family of friends for dinner
at the historic Port Vell.
To reach their destination, the group walked down La Rambla,
along the coast via Ronda del Literal (near Passeig de Colom),
and arrived at Placa de Pau Vila.
La Rambla is a tourist spot full of street performers. Many performers dress as live statues. Here you can see a man putting on his costume and makeup (right) and a woman as a statue, changing poses for pictures (left).
At the end of La Rambla there is a huge statue of Christopher Columbus, or Cristóbal Colon, not pointing to America.
The area near the port is home to many historic buildings, like this one pictured and the Administación de Aduanas de Barcelona.
Port Vell also has modern structures; like Maremagnum, a huge shopping center, the Aquarium Barcelona, and an IMAX Theater!
And, of course, there are a lot of sail boats.
After dinner, Tessa walked back up La Rambla to stop at a hip jazz bar, Milano. The bar had great drinks, a cool vibe, and they were even playing Roman Holiday on a projector screen!
The next day was spend mostly wandering through the Parc de la Cituadella.
Before the expansion of Barcelona, this was the park to go to.
Which makes sense, since it’s HUGE, with so much to see and do.
There is the Museum of Zoology; a castle-like structure built in the late 1800’s.
There is the Museum of Geology; combined with the Museum of Zoology for the Museum of Natural Science.
Tessa’s favorite structure is this “green house”, made of stone and wood slats. The building is completely opening, only having “walls” and a “ceiling” of wood slats that allow for the rain and sun to fall into the room of foliage. Inside there is a simple path and park benches for visitors to enjoy the interior.
The parc also features a scenic lake where you can rent paddle boats!
Near by is the zoo of Barcelona, once home to the famous albino gorilla Snowflake.
Probably the park’s most awe-inspiring feature is La Cascada, or “the waterfall.”
This feature, completed in 1888, was partially designed by Antonio Gaudí,
and involves several ornate sculptures from Roman mythology.
That evening, Tessa and her father ate dinner on Passeig de Grácia.
This is where you will find two of Antonio Gaudí’s most famous works;
Casa Mila and Casa Batlló, pictured below.
Another famous work by Gaudí is the never-complete Sagrada Familia.
Construction began on La Sagrada Familia, a Catholic church, began in 1882
and is still under construction!
It is quite a sight to be seen;
created in a style combining Gothic architecture with Art Nouveau lines.
Want to learn more about Barcelona?
Pick up Barcelona the Great Enchantress by Robert Hughes.
It’s a book as fascinating as it is educational.