The beautiful Le Meridian hotel on Las Ramblas was the perfect location to take in the sights and sounds of Barcelona. Our first night in Barcelona, we decided to walk from the hotel and explore on our own. In the small center, right outside our hotel, an acrobatic street show was going on and a cheering crowd had gathered. Their energy put us in a festive mood.
The buildings along the way were beautifully adorned with interesting architectural details.
Las Ramblas was packed in the early evening. The street was teeming with the overflow of people.
After walking about 15 minutes and turning down aside street, we came upon the coolest place, Placa Reial. It was an expansive plaza with a dozen or more restaurants circling the inside perimeter. There we saw more talented acrobats performing. The street artists entertained the crowds as they dined. I was amazed at the dare-devil tricks they did on hard cement.
Watch this clip of the street performers as one of them does a flip over four people selected from the crowd.
A lovely, large fountain accented the center of the Plaza Reial square. my husband, Steven enjoyed people watching from his position at the fountain.
Steve also loved perusing the restaurant menu’s that were prominently displayed outside of each restaurant.
The biggest surprise of the evening was the stunning sunset in the Placa Reial.
Our second day in Barcelona, we met some family members who joined us on vacation. Our first stop was Gaudi’s Park Güell.
Park Güell features lovely gardens and architectural wonders by Antoni Gaudi.
The buildings reminded me of gingerbread houses. I love Gaudi’s creative liberty and imaginative, ornamental creations.
Gaudi put into practice a series of new structural solutions rooted in geometry. His works acquire a structural richness of forms, free of the rational rigidity or any sort of classic premises. In the design of Park Güell, Gaudí unleashed all his architectonic genius and that would become the symbol of his organic style.
My nephew, David peeks his head out of the window.
Charming, like a fairyland! Gaudi’s fantastic mosaic work was incredible. My photos couldn’t capture the amazing detail.
We bought our “skip the line” tour tickets to the park weeks ahead of time on Viator. I recommend doing that during high tourist seasons.
Part two of our adventure continues here: Barcelona and Sagrada Familia
Gratefully yours, Linda
The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. – Psalm 32:8
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