Four nights: Friday, April 13 to Tuesday, April 17
The first thing I noticed about Barcelona was the more classically European feel of the city. This was primarily due to the many wide boulevards lined with pretty building facades. This may also have been influenced by the fact that our apartment was at the northern end of L’Eixample, a section of the city with a very regular grid layout. Also, all corners in the intersections had been removed, so every intersection was in the shape of an octagon.
We spent a lot of time walking around Barcelona – in fact, one route we walked turned out to be about eight miles. One of the highlights included Güell Park, with it’s many Gaudi structures. Also, there was quite a bit of Moderisme architecture throughout Barcelona, beyond just the famous Gaudi buildings.
We also took the funicular to Mountjuïc park, which was quite scenic and had good views of the city (not as good as from Güell park, though). We had intended to see the Miro museum, but we were there on a Monday and it was closed. Luckily, we had taken a visit to the Picasso museum the day before. We also learned that almost everything in Barcelona is closed on Sundays – we ended up going to one of the few grocery stores that was open in order to obtain dinner fixins. The grocery chain’s name, “Opencor”, speaks to the rarity of stores being open on Sundays.
Finally, we spent an afternoon walking around Barceloneta, a beachfront section of the city near the port. It was good to get a view of the water, but it was quite windy and a bit chilly. I’m looking forward to maybe getting some better beach experiences in Nice and maybe later in Croatia.