Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Barcelona {day 1}

We got in from Geneva around 9pm, so we purchased a 4 day pass, but we should have waited until the morning to do so, because it wasn't 24 hours for a day i twas  9pm-12midnight for us on that first night {which was a waste}.  But overall, we still saved money by buying the day pass.
First thing in the morning we walked to the metro and headed to Park Guell, it might literally be my favorite place on this earth.  We found some adorable graffiti on the walk up the hill {above}.
Inside the park you can see the amazing nature infused architecture.  The park was designed by Antoni Gaudi and for being almost 100 years old it is in great condition. 

This is a walkway under a bridge to the upper level of the park {which is on a hill}
We stopped for Tapas on our way up to the park and enjoyed them in the shade on a bench, I could not have asked for a better lunch.
The actual nature on the pathway up the hill.

The spiders who live here are lucky to call this place home.
Desert plants and balconies on the bridge.
Kyle sneaking similar shots of the bridges, who can resist documenting this place?!
Walking under the bridge to the right of the entrance.
Lucky bird, I want a nest there too.
Wayne creeping on Gretch.
Imagine for a minute making this your life. Music.  in the park.  in Barcelona.
yeah, I could do that.  If I could make music.
View from the hill looking out.
Outside of the entrance to one of the homes {of Guell} in the park.
Now for the part that really pisses me off.
This balcony has been privatized. You have to pay to get in.  They claim it's for the preservation of the tile and history but we all know its about the money.  And now, this public space, that used to be free to the people of Catalunya, costs money.  A lot of money. Like 8 Euros {about $12}.  FOR A HALF AN HOUR OF VISIT TIME.  I support Catalunya and their goal for independence.  And I support the Anarchists and local community demanding access to public spaces. 
This is me calling bullshit in line.  AND THE LINE WAS LONG!
You can see subtle signs of resistance throughout the city if you're looking closely. {Defend Park Guell; Public, Free}
Loved these kids playing futbol on the main upper courtyard.
Another attempt at a family photo.
View from the upper courtyard.
Under the upper courtyard on the patio, looking up.
Looking to the right when facing the entrance from the patio. 
Tell me more about that lizard, Sonja.
That bird ruined my symmetry, but I'm okay with it.
I can not tell you how much I loved the sunlight in Barcelona, especially after all the cold, grey skys of every other city.
A stair case near the courtyard up on the way to the tres cruses.

The Anarchist House on the way up the mountain.
Tres Cruses.
The view over the park from the cruses.
Husband, another hike, with his baby on his back.
After the cruses we walked down near the Anarchist House and found the most wonderful pocket of graffiti...
More frustration and anger about the park.
Does anyone know what this rooster and 32 means?
Near the escalator.
"All you need is dynamite"
After the park and hike we took the metro to La Sagrada Familia.
Their metros are the cleanest and I love the consistency of the light up signs.  I really think that makes a huge difference for not getting lost and letting you know where you are and how far you are away from your stop.  ALSO, they have a law to offer your seat to a disabled, elderly person or mother or person with kids, which makes it really nice when you have a baby, everyone offered us their seats.
after we arrived at La Sagrada Familia we found out the line wrapped around the whole church, and because it closed in just a few hours we opted to come back the next morning after buying our tickets online.  I highly suggest purchasing tickets online for La Sagrada Familia, and getting there early to explore the space, as opposed to rushing in the evening.


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