and off into the mountains
07.06.2010 - 08.06.2010 30 °C
Next morning we had breakfast looking over Sagrada Familia before heading into town to pick up some rental bikes.We head about town doing a bit of a Modernist tour, taking in the interesting buildings in the Eixample area of Barcelona, where there was a large amount of building in the early 1900s. Everyone has heard about Gaudi, but he is by no mean the only architect of his time. We covered a fair bit of the town before we headed down to Barceloneta for lunch at Can Majo. I wanted to have a good paella before we left Spain, and this was it. Fortunately the food was good, unfortunately the service was poor. After this we raced off for a tour of Casa Milo, La Pedrera, and spent a good hour there before we realised we had to get the bikes back. We got out just in time and we cycled down Passeig de Gracia just in front of the massive crowd demonstrating against the cut in their wages and the increase in GST.
With the bikes back, we went again to Belgious for more ice cream for dessert.
We have to pack up the next morning but we can keep the car in the car park until the afternoon. I head off to another Gaudi, casa Batllo, while L and g go to the shops. I really enjoy casa Batllo with the help of the audio guide as you get to see all the clever things he does for ventilation, natural light, rainwater collection and making spaces flexible and useful. And it is great to see the great decorative work he did to.
We got back together and drove out a bit to see a jeweller, Daniel Vior. His stuff was fantastic, light and colourful. We planned to be there a few minutes, but took over an hour as we inspected just about every piece they had. In the end there were two pieces purchased to be sent on to us. Now we have to drive on to what will be our last Parador, at Seu d’Urgell up in the Spanish Pyrenees near Andorra. It is overcast and rainy, but the mountains up here are beautiful and dramatic. In this area they have not been sheer, but still rise steeply out of the valley. There is a lot of water coming down off the mountains, so we do get to see some waterfalls coming down.