Adventures in Spain – Barcelona – Park Güell

I was trying to combine things I did into one post but it’s impossible.  There’s just too many things I loved in Barcelona and each deserves it’s own post with all the photos I want to share.

On one of the four days we spent in Barcelona my mom and I took a bus to Park Güell, situated on the hill of El Carmel in the Gràcia district.  The park originally was suppose to be a luxury housing development but only two houses were built with no prospective buyers.  Neither were designed by Gaudi but Gaudí, at Güell’s suggestion, bought it with his savings and moved in with his family and his father in 1906 and it is now the Gaudi House Museum.   Gaudí’s multicolored mosaic salamander, popularly known as “el drac” (the dragon) at the main entrance.

One of Gaudi’s unique tiles

The entrance of the park even at 10AM is already filled with tourists on a Monday

Okay, not one of Gaudi’s work but since lunch in Spain doesn’t open til 1PM and dinner til 8PM I consumed several of these a day with trail mix to keep myself from famishing and crankiness til food time.

Beyond the Gaudi structures the park is huge and lovely!  With many looping hilly trails and olive trees and cacti along the way.

I told you amazing views

You even get a nice view of the Sagrada Familia Church still in progress

Clear sign that I’m America, wearing my sneakers for casual walking!  Everyone else had fancy boots but I had no space in my luggage and picked running over fashion.

I have many more photos of the view from the hill, but I’ll stop with these =)

I’m not sure what the walkway is suppose to be but it reminds me of a mouth

The walls imitate the trees grown above them with birds’ nests built into the walkway.  I saw lots of pigeons enjoying their crib but I heard there’s some parrots there as well.

Time to bound!

Finally it was time for lunch!  A few tapas!

Patatas bravas

And clams with fresh cut olive oiled veggies.  So good!

My mom opted for a more boring chicken since my seafood scares her.  As for dinner?  Well that deserves a post of it’s own!

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