There was masses to do for our 1 ½ hours, there’s a museum with models and sketches and, as the building is still being built, there are workshops where you can see current models being made. When we were standing in the queue for the lift I read a notice which said that the lift took visitors up the tower but that you had to walk down spiral stairways to get back down and that if you suffered from dizziness or vertigo (yes to both) it wasn’t advisable to go up! I said to Brett “you’d have thought that they would tell you that on the website wouldn’t you?” and he said “they did” ??? “you didn’t tell me that”, “well you wouldn’t have come up if I had” !!!!! So we got in the lift and it went up and up and up and up ..... it was a long way up. When we got out it was scary (it was a long way down). The views were out of this world, you could see right over the tops of all the other buildings to the sea.
It's an awfully long way down!Then we had to walk across the bridge between two of the towers – that was really, really scary – my knees went wobbly. From up there you got fantastic close ups of the outside of the building.
From below these look like coloured blobs, you can't see they're mosaicsGoing down was not nice, it was literally walking down stairs spiralling to the left for an awfully long way – but I survived to tell the tale, though I probably wouldn’t have gone up if I’d known I would have to walk down (but I’m glad I did, now I’m down!).
Right at the top, between the two towers is the bridge we walked across - it's very high up!We got back on the bikes to travel to our next destination the Barri Gotic area, via Passeig de Gracia where we left the bikes (as by now it was exceedingly busy with traffic and people and no cycle paths) and where we saw more fabulous Guadi buildings, with very long queues outside (we might go back tomorrow, we had queued enough today).
Fabulous ironwork door (spot me & Brett)
I want to see these windows from the insideBarri Gotic is the Gothic area; the main street, Las Ramblas is very touristy with lots of ‘tat’ for sale and people dressed up as statues (and not moving) or (bizarrely) dressed and acting like lizards, but with stilts on so they were very tall, trying to make all the young girl tourists squeal! Leading off Las Ramblas is a maze of dark, narrow, windy streets with tall buildings;
In real life these alleyways feel really narrow and are very dark
There are all kinds of independent shops here – tattoo artists, leather goods, galleries, clothes designers, hippy shops, all very interesting.
This painted window was in a bakers, it's 1920's
By now we’d been on our feet for about seven hours so decided to have a drink at one of the cafes in this pretty square we came upon;
'Fleece the tourists' square!
We ordered two beers, they were served in what can only be described as very large wine glasses (must have been ½ litre) and cost 6.95€ EACH!!! We got our money’s worth; we sat there for nearly ¾ hour, nursing out beers, watching young men tumbling and standing on one another’s shoulders and stuff (they were very good). By then we were all ‘touristed’ out (no staying power), so it was back to the van by 7.30 p.m. without any biking accidents this time.