Saturday, 21 June 2014

Barcelona: 4 days and 8 sights - day 2

Day 2: Rambling on Las Ramblas

Busy would probably be the best way to describe our second day in Barcelona. First stop – Casa Battló one of the city’s most popular landmarks. Still staying true to Gaudí’s creative genius Casa Battló remains one of his most memorable works and a modernist masterpiece. The building’s entire architecture is a harmonious mixture of irregular shapes, colours and light which encourages visitors to step into a world of fantasy and marine allusions. Students – make sure you have your registration card with you, as nice student discounts are available at the entrance.

Casa Battló

Casa Battló 

Our visit at Casa Battló was followed by a quick change of plans as we realised that La Pedrera, was undergoing restoration works. This gave us however more time to explore the Gothic Quarter, part of Barcelona’s old city. Losing track of time and letting ourselves charmed by the winding streets of the Barrio Gotic dating as back far as the Medieval Times has certainly paid off, as the labyrinth of Neo-gothic works eventually led us to Barcelona’s famous Mercado de la Boqueria, an open air market place and a vibrantly coloured feast for the eyes. A paradise for the senses, and a must visit for any serious foodie, La Boqueria was also my favourite stop of the day, because as you can probably imagine, I couldn’t take my hands of my camera as we were exploring the apetising food stalls. Best part about the market? You can buy fruit, drinks or sweets at the market for as little as 1 euro, so make sure you bring enough spare bags. One thing our hotel warned us about, was staying vigilant when visiting the bustling streets of Las Ramblas due to potential pickpockets. I am glad to say that this was certainly not the case, but receptionists must without a doubt have a good knowledge of the city, so in some cases it might be worth following their advice.

Gothic Quarter

Travel Tip Day 2: Sometimes when travelling things may not always go as planned, so make sure you think ahead and include enough alternative sights to your wish-list in order to make the most of your holiday!

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