I'm not a good storyteller. But I tell stories the best way I can. :)
Anyways, it was my first time in Spain. I thought I'd be like a small person in a land of giants. But it's nothing like I imagined. LOL! Spaniards are very well mixed. Some blonde, some brunette, some tall, some short, some are tan and some are fair skinned. When I was in Norway early this year, I felt so tiny. They are tall, even their kids. Most of them are blonde or has a light hair colour and very fair.
So back to Barcelona.
On the day we arrived we checked in, freshen up and without wasting anytime, we went out to explore the city. From our hotel we took the metro to Catalunya. €2 one way to any destination.
Walking at La Rambla. The famous street in Barcelona city. You can see street performers here and there especially at night. Saw 2 men smooching at La Rambla. No they weren't street performers.
I thought we looked tired after 15hrs of flight and 11hrs at the airport (Qatar flight delay at KLIA+ 4hrs waiting for connecting flight at Doha airport). When we arrived Barcelona we took a cab from airport but got mixed up between Hilton Diagonal Mar and Hilton Barcelona which was along the same Diagonal street. Took another cab to Hilton Barcelona which was like 25minutes away.
Yes, we smiled with whatever energy we had left in us.(above pic)
I didn't do anything on the 2nd day. Just eat, walk to malls nearby and gym. Felt so tired plus jet lagged.
But felt good on the 3rd day. So I decided to explore the city.
Every morning I'd have breakfast with hubby before he walk to work which is not too far from our hotel and I'd walk to the Turistic bus station and explore the city.
This is the hop on hop off bus with free wifi. So awesome!
2 day ticket.
€34/person for 2 days.
€26/person for a day.
I received voucher book, a booklet about the stops and an earphone.
On the bus you can plug in, select your preferred language and listen
to the prerecorded audio commentary. Very interesting and helpful.
I made a video call while I was on the bus. It felt so good to be able to talk to my boys and seeing their faces. They told me that they went out and had fun with their aunt and grandma.
So far yet so near :D Terubat rindu :)
My eldest son wanted to see the place so I showed him when the bus was going around the city. He don't seem impressed. LOL!
Anyways, this is Casa Batlló designed by Antoni Goudi.
Reminds me of a masquerade mask.
La Manzana de la Discordia. Right beside Casa Batlló.
Casa Mila one of Gaudi's many masterpieces. (took this with my iPhone)
a place to wash your hands near Barri Gotic. Yeah I went there again. This time alone.
I went to a 100 year old market. WOW! Bought granada (pomegranate) because I was hungry and I can't find anything Halal nearby. I also munched on chocolate while looking for lunch.
Saw a street statue on my way up to Parc Guell.
€8/person to enter. Also designed by the famous Antoni Gaudi in the early 1900's. It was supposed to be a residential park but it wasn't successful. The park became city property 1923. Later it became a tourist destination. Above is one of the house. Only a total of 2 houses in Parc Guell. Gaudi wanted to build 60 bungalows.
Broken pieces of ceramic on some part of Parc Guell. I actually like this technique. It makes this place look very colourful and fun.
somewhere in Parc Guell. Parc Guell is HUGE.
Roundabout. Can't remember it's name. LOL!
Montjuic cable car. Didn't feel like getting on it. Not when I'm alone. :(
I got off the bus at Port Vell. I decided to go to L'aquarium. Price €20/adult. So much like Aquaria KLCC. But bigger sharks. All about the Mediterranean marine creatures.
This shark is bigger than me.
Have you seen this fish? This is a sunfish. It's harmless, it eats jelly fish. Scratches on it's body was probably jellyfish sting scars.
Aahh..La platja del Bogatell. The beach. :) Saw ladies in bikini and men in shorts. It was 18C. But with direct sunlight it was nice and warm. I didn't take off my jacket because it was still quite chilly especially when the wind blows.
Clear blue chilly sea. Sun, sand and sea.
No nudist here.
City and beach.
You can rent a bicycle here.
Spending 5 days in Barcelona was enough.