In June 2008 we
visited Barcelona for the first time, to meet friends who live there and
to see the sights.
Familia is as impressive close up as it is in all the photo's you see.
I don't have a good head for heights, so we stayed on the ground. It was
interesting to see the different styles that have been employed over the
years of its construction.
is outstanding. The exuberance of the place and the multitude of different
motifs used mark it as one of the truly exceptional public places to visit.
The old palace
is now a art museum. Not my favourite sort of thing, but very imposing
and on a (rare) clear day, it would offer amazing views over the city.
One evening our friends Barbara & Des took us to a Flamenco cub they
rated. It was a tiny basement room with seating for about 50. We were
lucky enough to get front row seats and were treated to 1 hour's worth
of pure energy, Flamenco stylee. The two dancers were both brilliant as
were the backing musicians. The singing made all the hairs on my neck
Our last night coincided with the Euro cup finals where Spain won in great
style. Barcelona erupted in a profusion of noise as fireworks were set
off, people erupted onto the streets and cars and bikes raced past horns
blazing while their passengers hung out their windows waving flags. We
took the bus home after midnight and it was like watching one huge street
party through the windows.
we were all given these masks which were advertising a new Cubana review.
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