My Europe Trip #3 (Barcelona)

3 07 2011

When we arrived at Barcelona, we were told by our cab driver that the city never sleeps. And true to its words, the city of Barcelona was bustling with activities even after midnight. From medieval buildings to modern plazas, stylish boulevard and beautiful waterfront harbour, it is not surprising that Barcelona has something to offer for everyone.

1. Port Vell which means ‘Old Harbour’ is anything but old. After major extension works in recent times, this beautiful waterfront harbour is now a big tourist attraction featuring a huge shopping mall and variety of bars and restaurants.

2. Monestir De Montserrat which lies 50km northwest of Barcelona is another huge tourist attraction. Sitting at 1,236m above sea level, the Benedictine monk retreat is built next to mountains of weird jagged formation.

3. One of the highly detailed sculpture on the interior walls of Monestir De Montserrat.

4. Although photography was not allowed inside the monastery, I managed to capture this shot using a wide-angle lens when the monastery boys’ was performing a choir session

5. Another shot at the entrance of the monastery with the mountain of bulbous peaks in the background. The monastery was founded in 1025, after a statue of Virgin Mary was found there.

6. Candid shots of a little girl feeding the pigeons at Plaça de Catalunya or Catalonia Square. During day time, pigeons are seen everywhere at this place.

7. Barcelona features many cutting edge design and art. Tourists will marvel at the many modernist building designs even at the most unexpected corner of the street.

8. Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe is the home of FC Barcelona since its construction in 1957.

9. A shot of the FC Barcelona merchandise store next to the stadium.

10. Reputedly the best market in the world, La Boqueria has a rich history dating back to 1217 when the place was nothing more than a few tables selling meat near the old door of the city.

11. This vendor sells one of the best home made chocolate I ever tasted. It was so good that most branded chocolate doesn’t even come close to the ones sold there.

12. A shot of the home made chocolates sold.

13. The variety of goods sold at La Boqueria is endless. This friendly lady sells tinned food at one of the stall in the market.

14. Many of the vendors are fourth or fifth generation of the families that helped create the market.

15. A variety of colourful sugar candies sold at a stall near to the entrance of the market.

16. Sausages were seen hanging at one of the stall in the market.

17. The market is located along the street of La Ramblas and it is not difficult to find given the unmissable crowd entering in and out of the market.

18. Known as Barcelona’s House of Bones, Casa Batlló is an architectural marvel by the famous architect, Antonio Gaudi. The residence was remodeled by Antonio in 1904 and features a unique appearance of skulls and bones. The facade is made of coral coloured sandstone and the roof resembles a scaled dragon.

19. Located at Paasseig de Gracia, tourists gather outside the building day and night admiring its unique form and shape.

19. Some of the pictures taken along Rambla de Mar, the pedestrian walkway between La Ramblas and Port Vell.

20. A candid shot inside the metro train. Getting around Barcelona was a breeze as there are 11 lines connecting 164 Metro stations.

21. A wide angle shot of Estadi Olimpic at Montjuic which was built for the 1992 Olympic Games.

22. La Ramblas is the most famous street in Barcelona filled with everything from souvenir stalls, street performer to high end boutiques and cafes.

23. Sagrada Família is the most recognisable icon in Barcelona. This fantastic church is Antoni Gaudi’s greatest masterpiece. Work began in 1882 and was Gaudi’s life work until his death in 1926. The church is still under construction and is believed to be completed by 2020.



2 responses

19 07 2011
Andrew Petcher

Great pictures, especially those of Casa Batlló!

20 07 2011
Nigel Low

Thanks Andrew! I wish the sky was clearer on that day when I took those pictures though.

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