After Park Guell, we just aimlessly walked the city, taking in the sights, and whatever we stumbled upon! Because Barcelona is so fantastic, you can have an awesome day without having plans to do anything particularly special!
Just a random building that looks really cool!
A more futuristic version of awesome looking buildings in Barcelona!
A residential street where each building is distinctive, and looks like a wonderful place to live.
Another housing street, this time a walking-only one...how awesome would it be to live here!?
We'll take balcony number two, Bob!
One more of Gaudi's awesome creations, Casa Vicens. This building was hidden on a small street out of the way, among residential streets, and it took us a long, long time to find it. We asked a lot of locals in the area where it was, some had no idea, some had a vague idea and put us in the right (general) direction. We just had to find it in the maze of few blocks we figured it was in!
A street that runs to one of the harbours through the centre of the city is called La Rambla. It's one of the main streets in Barcelona and a major tourist attraction. It's a fantastic street, really really wide, and one reason it's so great is that it's about 75% pedestrian and 25% cars. There is only one lane for cars each way on the outsides of the pedestrian area. As you can see, there are trees along the street, and it's full of shops, restaurants and lots of buskers! Another great place in the city to just stroll along aimlessly!
This is the MACBA, the contemporary art gallery of Barcelona. We had plans to go there someday, but it happened to work out that day. However, once we got inside, we found out that almost the entire gallery was closed, there was one small room that was open to view, and you still had to pay to see it. Major renovations were going on, which kept us from seeing any art!
This is the courtyard in front of the gallery, looking the opposite direction of the photo above this one. What was really cool about this courtyard is that it was an integrated skateboard park. Those yellow things were moveable things that skaters could do tricks on and around. It looked like moveable functional art!
This is the entrance to the gallery, inside looking out. It's like walking through some Space Odyssey 2001!
We found this vegetarian restaurant, one of very few we found on the trip. It was a all you can eat buffet, and Stefan was very excited! After being tricked by the paella full of animal parts on the first day, veggie Spanish-ish food was fantastic! This was a stuffed grilled eggplant (rice and veggies), veggie paella, chickpea salad, grilled mushroom and onions, and one more thing at the end that we can't remember! It was tasty, however, in a few photos you will see how Stefan's happy veggie belly was highly disturbed!
This is the entrance to La Boquiera, a fantastic market just off La Rambla. It doesn't look like much here, but once you get inside, it opens up to food market heaven!
Great, hanging cured legs of some large animal!
Tons of candied fruits! Fruit and candy all in one! Healthy and fun!
There were tons of beautiful arrays of fruits and veggies, which on their own looked really yummy, but were always arranged perfectly too!
Oooohhhh, endless chocolates and nuts!!! Also healthy and fun! :P
A great stall of veggies and fruit!
All the dried peppers you could ever want!
There were lots of stalls that made fresh fruit juice mixes, so it took us a bit to decide which one had the flavours we wanted...one of us had coconut blackberry juice, and the other had a kiwi passionfruit...holy shit balls they were good, and only €1 each!
AHHH!!! BARF!!!! Here is where Stefan's veggie meal got upset and almost got puked up! What can you identify!? Pig, goat, ????
Another awesome random walk way. This one was in the centre of La Rambla.
The Barcelona Opera House, still very nice looking, but not as fantastic as many other buildings in the city!
A great shot of La Rambla: this is the end that is closer to the water, it's not as busy on this end 'cause there are less shops and restaurants.
At the end of La Rambla, close to the water, there is a large roundabout with some really great buildings around it. This is one of them!
This is another one!
...And another one!
Frig, they are everywhere! Another fantastic looking building!
The waterfront at the end of La Rambla. This section is fairly open, and there are not any boats docked in it. The wavy wharf is a large walk way that goes out to a mall built on a dock in the middle of the harbour! It's a great place to walk and sit and chill out! We did that a few times.
This is the other side of the wavy wharf. This side there is a marina, with lots of sailboats in it.
This buoy, or boy rather, is floating in the harbour...taking a whiz! Ends up, he's not holding his male parts, but has his hands behind his back! :P (Check out how his knees are bent!) But what's the star for!?
Cool view from the wavy wharf looking over the waterfront and marina.
A nice shot of the obelisk in the centre of the roundabout at the end of La Rambla.
And so concludes our second full day in Barcelona! So much to see!!! AAAAAH!!!!