Barcelona

A lot of scooters. It is easier and cheaper to get anywhere with a scooter.
View over Barcelona from our hotel. You can see Torre Agbar to the left and Sagrada de Familia in back of the photo.
Clara on Las Ramblas. Here you buy a lot of different things like parakeets, turtles, food, beer and more. A lot of people were standing like statues and wanted money if you took pictures of them, like i Hollywood.
 

The back of an art mueum you can see a photo of Dali on the balcony.

Barcelona is an old city. Sometimes they don't succed to mix the new with the old.

The alleys are really narrow. It's easy to get somewhere by foot but by car I imagine is impossible.

Too many cars, too narrow streets, parked cars everywhere. If they need to go into a store to drop something of they just put on the emergency warning light and leave the car in the middle of the street and soon you have long queues of cars waiting, honking.

 
Food  
Bread with some tomato spread. Clara is having a sallad with a big piece of cheese on and Robert is eating Gaspascho. Gaspacho is a tomato- and cucumer soup.

 

Elona had tuna for lunch. Typical Tapas, Calamares, fried quid.

 

Creeps with spenach, chicken and cheese. Avocado and chicken sallad with chips.
Mashed banana. A very modern and stylish McDonalds in Barcelona.
   
Cathedral and churches.

 

 

The construction on Sagrada de Familia started in 1872 by an architect called Francesc de Paula Villar. The position was later offered to a promising young architect, Gaudi. It was in 1883 and Gaudi was 31 years old. He devoted 43 years of his life to the project.

Sagrada de Familia has 18 towers and grow in height according to the religious hierarchy that it represent. The central, the highest, symbolizes Jesus and it is surrounded by four towers that are dedicated to the Evangelists. The other towers are dedicated to Mary and the apostles.

You can see four of the apostles towers, Jacob,Thomas, Bartholomeus and Philip, on this photo.
 

 

The Nativity facade, has three porticos and four bell towers. The portico to the left, nr 1, is dedicated to Hope, the central portico, nr 2, is dedicated to Charity and the one to right, nr3, is dedicated to Faith, personified by the Virgin. On both side of the central portico stand two angels, trumpeting to announce the Birth of Christ. Gaudi used three soldiers and a friend of his as models.

It is pretty easy to see which part is new and which is old. I'm guessing Barcelona also have problem with air pollution.

On this facade there are also som mystical symbols such as the Tree of life. It is covered with 21 doves made from marble. You can see part of it above number 2.

 

La Seu Cathedral

In the center of Barcelona, is the gothic cathedral, known as La Seu. The cathedral is officially named Cathedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia, after Barcelona's patron saint Eulalia.
 
In 1298, construction of the gothic cathedral started under King Jaume II. During the construction of the gothic cathedral, an older existing roman building was demolished except for the Santa Llucia chapel.
 
Due to civil wars and the black death which hit the city several times, the construction progressed slowly. It took until 1460 before the main building was completed. The gothic facade was finished much later, in 1889 and the last part, the central spire, was completed in 1913.
 
Adjacent to the cathedral is a 14th century cloister. There are always 13 geese in its central courtyard. Each goose represents one year in the life of the martyr Santa Eulalia, a young girl tortured to death in the 4th century by the Romans for her religion. The cloister also contains a small museum with liturgist artifacts.

 

 

Look at this picture if you can find something very odd. Outside one of the churches in Barcelona we found a nun caring a Dolce & Gabbana bag. Wow. I suppose she got it from someone.

You can see a lot of art of the architect Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona. The house in the middle with the blue roof is renovated by Gaudi,  1904. The family that lived there called Batllos. So the name of the house is Casa Batllo.
Here is a photo of the windows on first floor.

 

 

Here is another house Gaudi draw. This house was built after Casa Batllo was done.

The chimneys make me think of ice cones.