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Barcelona, Spain Part 3: Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Tramvia Blau- Tibidabo & Paella

Continued from Barcelona Part 1 & Part 2...


Hola again!
We spent approximately 3 days in Barcelona enjoying sunshine and touring around on the Bus Turistic mentioned in my previous posts. Very convenient. We spent our final day channeling towards a higher side of the city, via the RED route. View our tour route HERE.

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We would just love to reinforce a statement. "Architectures and the construction styles of Barcelona is really one fascinating thing to witness." All I know was we "oohed and ahhed" for 3 days. Maybe we'll settle down if we're there longer, but who knows? Lotsa surprises at Barcelona. We wish we could be there longer...


To ascertain the statement we mentioned earlier...


#1 The Sagrada Familia Church (1883-2032??)
This magnificent church is actually still under construction after about more than 120 years. Building work began in the 19th-century and is funded bu churchgoers and devotees, through ticket revenue from visitors like us. Another masterpiece of Antoni Gaudi, at time of his death in 1926 due to an accident, only one of the towers had been completed. The continuation of Gaudi's project has become an unmistakable symbol of Barcelona.

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The explosion of life is represented here in a composition made up of grottos covered with plants, animals, human beings and stars which palpitate from stones.





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The towers were designed as bell towers with downward slanting pieces and openings which would act as huge sounding boards in directing the sound of the bells towards the city. Winding their way round the towers are "Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus" which means Holy, Holy, Holy.


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The scene of Christ's Death at the top


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I was drawn towards the sculpture of Christ and doors of the Passion facade


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The interior of the church could also project awesomeness that we all would remember.
Stained glass side windows composed of intersections of hyperboloids.

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Pillars branch upwards and slant with ideas from curved geometry, paraboloids and hyperboloids. Gaudi just love implying maths, science and the natural behaviour of plants, adjoining them all into his concept and theme of the Sagrada Familia.

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Exhibits in one the section of the church

 Visit their official website to know more if you're interested:  http://www.sagradafamilia.cat/


#2 Park Güell
This was named after Gaudi's great patron; Count Eusebi Güell. Although initially planned as a residential garden city in the English style; hence named as Park, this was later unsuccessful and only one showhouse was built, which was Gaudi's home and today houses the museum for visitors. Finally, Park Güell was donated to the Municipal Council in 1923 and since then, it became a unique public park enjoying a prime location.

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The Barcelona Dragon. We thought it would be bigger from what we saw from the postcards. ;P

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I've to pay 1 euro for this. I thought it was free...

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A common area. For breaks from the hot sunshine ;) The ceilings undulates like sheets blowing in the wind, architraves looks broken. There were many visitors lying down on their back flat, just to capture the pretty ceilings.

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Once again, catchy crafted walls with broken pieces of ceramics

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An open balcony, a significance of the park, we were tanned just by spending about 30 minutes here. But it was beautiful no doubt.

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A stony environment of the park. You could spend almost a day in Park Guell, exploring its bit and pieces as it is kinda huge. But we spent a few hours as we have other sights to visit.

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Sculptures again.

#3 Tramvia Blau- Tibidabo Mountain
What's Tramvia Blau?
It's a small blue tram, one of Barcelona's beloved modes of transport. Its quaint appearance and friendly driver make it a pleasant experience for those wishing make it all the way to the top for the Tibidabo Amusement Park and the church- the 'Temple de Sagrat Cor'.


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Temple de Sagrat Cor is a neo-gothic structure with a bronze statue of the Sacred Heart at the top of Tibidabo Mountain. You can take a lift to the top of the church and check out the city at 575 meters above sea level!


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View from the top!


#4 Stroll along La Rambla
We just love to stop by each and every street performer which will only move a muscle when you toss them some euro coins. That's why we took forever to reach from one end of the street to the other. A long street filled with lotsa stalls and eateries and al fresco eateries, La Rambla is located in the heart of Barcelona, bustling with tourists and pick pockets too. Do be aware of the people around you, we advise.

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#5 Spanish Dinner
Paella, Sangria and Tapas was what we settled for on our final day in Barcelona.


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the tapas bar

Tortilla espanola (Spanish Omelette) - €4.30

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Albondigas Catalana (Meatballs)- €5.80


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Paella Marinera (Seafood Paella) - €15.39

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Sangria - with the fruity alcoholic savour


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#6 Mercat La Boqueria - the Marketplace
This is one of the must visits ;P Colourful & clean marketplace of Spain, with fresh fruits and poultries sold at a very cheap price. Fresh fruits & juices only at €1!

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This puts an end to our Barcelona travel agenda.
Hope these posts on Spain would lure you for a visit!!
Adios amigos!

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18 comments:

CUMI & CIKI November 4, 2009 at 9:01 AM  

wow! how gorgeous and what fantastic photographs! i wish i was there ;)

SimpleGirl November 4, 2009 at 9:42 AM  

lovely architecture and those ancient buildings....all the photos look like a postcard!!!

thule a.k.a leo November 4, 2009 at 12:12 PM  

*gasp!!* I need a holiday!!

:: yvonne :: November 4, 2009 at 1:52 PM  

Barcelona really is a nice place to travel.. awesome buildings..

ai wei November 4, 2009 at 3:00 PM  

i also wan a holiday like yours!!! >_*

xin November 4, 2009 at 4:54 PM  

love the place! i also want to go :(

J2Kfm November 4, 2009 at 9:03 PM  

gorgeous photos. i can almost imagine you guys all looking up and snapping the ceiling, then came back with a bad neck. ;)

p/s : why the pout?

kampungboycitygal November 4, 2009 at 10:39 PM  

hahahha chris is so cute! no picture of papayas one?

ai wei November 4, 2009 at 11:00 PM  

kbcg,
hahaha, i think better not to put those papaya photos ba :P

Huai Bin November 5, 2009 at 10:46 AM  

Yes, it does make me want to go visit Spain but I don't have the money to go. T_T

It sounds like a very fun place, must save up for a trip there. =D

Little Inbox November 5, 2009 at 2:46 PM  

Such a wonderful trip and Spanish dinner!

~Christine~Leng November 5, 2009 at 4:01 PM  

Cumi & Ciki~
you will fall in love with this place :) both cumi & ciki should go! ^^


SimpleGirl~
thanks :) the architectures were just awesome! worth going :)


Leo~
go buy air ticket! Surprise Jenn! hehe ^^


yvonne~
yea.. one of the must visit cities :) I'm missing my trip right now.. haha..


aiwei~
can go BKK!! i oso wan dear! ;)


xin~
start planning ^^ remember to visit other cities too besides Barcelona. We didn't have the time :(


J2Kfm~
haha thanks. Chris lied down on the floor ;P no back neck.. lol
not a pout; it's a goodbye KISS! hahaha.


kampungboycitygal~
that one censored. showed you guys dy.. it's enough. lol.
Chris waiting 'the kiss' from kampungboy! ;P


Huai Bin~
yes. SAVE UP! Must visit ;P Just too much to see. Wouldn't be bored :) Beaches and cool architectures!


Little Inbox~
yea.. went there during summer :) It was extra sunny and... hot.. haha. But fun! ;)

iamthewitch November 5, 2009 at 4:02 PM  

Nice pictures and gorgeous architectures indeed!

~Christine~Leng November 5, 2009 at 4:04 PM  

iamthewitch~
thanks gal :) we took so many pictures. haha. Almost every angle is not the same. Just too beautiful :) Wish we were there longer ^^

taufulou November 5, 2009 at 4:41 PM  

aiyoo...seriously a nice country to visit, got tempted by your photography take it so nice~

Huai Bin November 6, 2009 at 9:14 PM  

Okay! I shall! =D
Spain sounds like an awesome destination!

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ling239 November 8, 2009 at 10:50 PM  

din know there are so many beautiful churches in Spain....



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