We landed and moved quickly through immigration then grabbed the first cab we saw. The sun was out and the weather was warm enough to barely need a jacket. The cab driver tried to be a tour guide and point out buildings, monuments and major roads but we didn't have the heart to tell him we didn't speak the language. We got to the hotel around 11 and were lucky that they let us check in early. After dumping our bags in the room our first stop was the top level of the hotel where there was supposedly a great view of the city. There was also a nice pool and lounge area which is probably awesome in the summer. Here's the view from the top:
|The view from our hotel roof.|
|The start of La Rambla.|
|Cactus for sale! There were lots of gorgeous flower shops along the street.|
Sean and I stopped to get some gelato then walked on. We found ourselves standing in front of Guadi's fluid Casa Mila. You could take a tour of the interior but we opted out of the crowds and stayed on the street staring up at the wavey lines of this apartment building.
|Casa Mila. When you see photos of it in books they leave out|
the construction vehicles parked around the corner.
|My attempt to capture some of the details.|
|The sidewalks on the main streets were paved|
with these hexagons designed by Guadi. I loved them.
A little more walking and we came across our next Gaudi building: Casa Batllo which was designed to represent St. George defeating the dragon. I have discovered that it's quite hard to take photos of buildings when you're a short 5 foot 4 person standing on the street.
|Not my photo, I pulled it off the internet but I wanted to show|
the details of the roof top which is to resemble the scaley back of
dragon. I just love the colors of the ceramic tiles.
We spent the rest of Sunday walking and walking and walking. Sean and I were both pretty quiet during our walk. We were exhausted from waking up so early then walking for hours and trying to take it all in. We headed back to the hotel for a nap before dinner.
|Scooters and palms. In the left hand corner you can see|
some of the bikes you can rent all around town.
|Just some fabulous architecture.|
|Just some more fabulous architecture.|
|Even more fabulous architecture. So much detail to take in.|
|We walked and walked. I didn't want to take too many|
photos. I just wanted to soak it all up.
|They love their decorations here!|
|Sean enjoying the night lights.|