Friday, September 2, 2016

Left my Heart in Barcelona

oh my my, what a lovely city. The beauty of Barca is there's always something too look at. Every corner was wow. It has always left an impression in my heart as one of the most beautiful European cities with inspiring architecture. Honestly, when I was in the city I had no idea who Antoni Gaudi was, but because of the mesmerising architect that is all around Barcelona was his work. He has a distinctive style which my eyes kept asking for more. 

We pretty much seen majority of all Gaudi's work, we went to Casa Batllo, Casa Mija, Park Guell and Sagrada Familia. 

Sagrada Familia is one of the most iconic tourist attraction in Barcelona. It still an incomplete master piece. The work of the church started in 1882 and it slated to complete by 2030, which is nearly 150 years. I was mesmerised when I was inside. I didn't want to leave. It was so beautiful from every corner. You must visit this place if you ever land in Barcelona. The colours coming through the stain glass will make your jaw drop. When you are inside, you are like in the middle of the Forrest of pillars with branches supporting a flowery ceiling. It's just so different from all the church or cathedral I have ever been.

Park Guell is another iconic design by Guadi. We were there the first day thinking we would buy the ticket upfront, but guess what, it was sold out. I was shattered really and made a new reservation for the next day early in the morning. We had the first entry so the park was empty comparing to the previous day. It was a delight. Less people in the photograph. This place was like a ginger bread house, the views and the architecture are just spectacular.

The Magic Fountain of Montjuic was another truly Barca site. The combination of all the waterfall amazed us. The fountain sprays more than 2,000 litres of water into the air every three seconds. The water lit up with different colours.

La Rambla is a pleasant street to walk around , it is filled with artist and small little shops. It is a very touristy street that sell cheap souvenirs and restaurants hike price for no reason. However the street is a must do even thought you may think that it's just a big tourist trap, and there is a pretty cool market called La Boqeria that is famous for food.

Gothic Quarter (Barri Gothic) is the oldest part of Barcelona and you can still see some remains from the old Roman wall. It was really a very interesting walk through the churches, Barcelona Cathedral, and tons of little squares. This quarter was like a maze. You just keep walking the it just keep surprising you.

Port Olympics was another last minute decision that we took to visit. This area was build specially for the Olympics in 1992. It has a beautiful coastline, good line up of upscale restaurants and bars. We had a chance to dine in Shoko Barcelona. The food and ambience was good and it was the moment that we enjoyed.

I could go back and do it all over again. Having four days was just not enough. The beaches needs to be explore not that I wasn't fond or prioritised it but just because we have so much of beaches in APAC that it wasn't a priority. The people was just so nice and fun loving but you have to be cautious at all times. Pick pockets are famous here, so don't say I didn't warn you. 


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