Thursday, 19 April 2012

18th Apr BARCELONA

It rained in the night and we woke up to a miserable grey day. However we got out our bikes and cycled back to Passeig de Gracia, in the rain, and paid our entrance fee, 18.15 each, for Casa Batllo; another Gaudi work of art.
Casa Batllo
The house is just awesome; there are no straight lines, doorways and windows are all curved
 with fabulous kiln formed glass a feature of many.
This glass is above a screen that divides the room
The windows at the front that lead onto the amazing balconies
Close up of the kiln formed glass in the front windows
Unfortunately our photos don’t do justice to the colours of the glass or the mosaics; the light was wrong, too grey.
Look at the shape of the ceiling
By now we had had enough of looking at stuff, so rather than doing another museum (we had meant to do the Picasso museum) we went back to Barri Gotic area and walked into more of the side streets.
These lovely chanderliers are at the entrances to some of the shops
There’re an awful lot of beggars in Barcelona; many are middle aged females who are holding up a photo of young children; they are practically always bare foot (but you can see their shoes under their skirts if you look carefully) and they look like immigrants (from Rumania or Poland?).
When we got back to the van we were absolutely shattered; three, nine hour, days of sightseeing, together with an eight – ten mile cycle ride each day is exhausting.

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