259 Photos - Aug 22, 2012
Photo: Hotel room in GironaPhoto: Hotel Ciutat de Girona bathroomPhoto: Lots of goodies -- even packs of deodorant!Photo: Girona cathedralPhoto: Reminds me of LyonPhoto: Yet another viewPhoto: Finally got to wear shorts this summer!Photo: Old Town GironaPhoto: Old Town GironaPhoto: The place for porkPhoto: Love the reflection of the buildings in the riverPhoto: GironaPhoto: Beautiful buildingsPhoto: Independence SquarePhoto: Independence Square, GironaPhoto: Old Town GironaPhoto: Hotel Ciutat de GironaPhoto: GironaPhoto: Sant FeliuPhoto: Sant FeliuPhoto: Old Town GironaPhoto: GironaPhoto: Girona CathedralPhoto: View from top of the cathedral stepsPhoto: Saint Feliu cathedral in the backgroundPhoto: GironaPhoto: Inside the Girona cathedralPhoto: The cathdral is hugePhoto: It has the widest Gothic nave in the world, and second widest overall behind Saint Peter'sPhoto: Courtyard of the cathedralPhoto: The courtyard is trapezoid-shapedPhoto: Pigeons filled the cubbyholesPhoto: Gives new meaning to the word "pigeon-holed"Photo: GironaPhoto: Jewish Quarter of Old TownPhoto: Old Town GironaPhoto: Wine by the barrel (at least a glass from the barrel)Photo: Old Town GironaPhoto: Catalonian flagPhoto: Cases de l'Onyar (medieval houses along the River Onyar)Photo: Photo: Photo: Cases de l'Onyar (medieval houses along River Onyar)Photo: Hotel room in BarcelonaPhoto: Hotel room in Barcelona -- excellent black-out shadePhoto: Huge bathroomPhoto: Separate shower, tub and toilet areasPhoto: View from Hotel SixtyTwo Hotel balconyPhoto: Other view of Passeig de GraciaPhoto: Could see Casa Batllo from our balconyPhoto: Barcelona has fabulous architecturePhoto: "Enginyers"Photo: "Enginyers"Photo: View of Barcelona CathedralPhoto: Old Town, or BornPhoto: Gelato!Photo: BarcelonaPhoto: Pintxos (tapas on sticks)Photo: Modernist streetlightPhoto: Art Gallery watchdogPhoto: La Seu Cathedral in the Gothic districk (Barri Gotic)Photo: La SeuPhoto: Barri Gotic (Gothic district)Photo: Front of La Seu CathedralPhoto: Icon at La SeuPhoto: Modernist water fountainPhoto: The national meat of Barcelona!Photo: Huge department store ("rebaixes" means sale)Photo: Casa BatlloPhoto: Casa Batllo, one of Gaudi's masterpiecesPhoto: Casa Batllo, one of Gaudi's masterpiecesPhoto: Tapas tour -- first stop -- traditional bread with tomato and olive oil, ham and sausagePhoto: Cava and tapasPhoto: Our fun groupPhoto: Las RamblasPhoto: The very crowded Boqueria marketPhoto: La Boqueria marketPhoto: La Boqueria marketPhoto: La Boqueria marketPhoto: La Boqueria marketPhoto: Many kinds of prawns and crayfishPhoto: La BoqueriaPhoto: La BoqueriaPhoto: Sophie (left), our Tapas tour guidePhoto: Tripe!Photo: All the parts most of us don't want to eat or think aboutPhoto: The good stuff is very expensivePhoto: Beautiful fruit display at La BoqueriaPhoto: La BoqueriaPhoto: Las RamblasPhoto: Las RamblasPhoto: Las Ramblas -- the busiest street in BarcelonaPhoto: Photo: Postres!Photo: Yummy!Photo: Santa Maria del Pi, 14th century Gothic churchPhoto: Cool scissors displayPhoto: Gorgeous building in Placa del PiPhoto: Photo: A new buddyPhoto: More pintxosPhoto: Tapas -- goat cheese two waysPhoto: TapasPhoto: TapasPhoto: It's not pretty, but that sausage tapa was the most tastyPhoto: Enjoying tapas and new friendsPhoto: Our very fun tapas tour groupPhoto: Our guide eventually went home, but our group stayed onPhoto: From top: Chicken croquette, some kind of potato thing and mushroomsPhoto: Our last tapas stopPhoto: More cool modernist designPhoto: Fountain on Passeig de GraciaPhoto: Casa Batllo at nightPhoto: Another view from our hotel balconyPhoto: Casa BatlloPhoto: Passeig de GraciaPhoto: BreakfastPhoto: Exterior of our hotelPhoto: More interesting design on Passeig de GraciaPhoto: La Pedrera, one of Gaudi's famous designsPhoto: Gaudi's famous La PedreraPhoto: Inside the courtyard of Pedrera, which was built as apartmentsPhoto: Photo: Rooftop of La PedreraPhoto: On the roof at La PedreraPhoto: View from La Pedrera's rooftopPhoto: Inner courtyard. The building is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Photo: The building was constructed between 1906 and 1912.Photo: View of La Sagrada Familia from the Pedrera rooftopPhoto: Stairwells and chimneys are artistically concealedPhoto: The atticPhoto: Scale modelPhoto: Intricate flooringPhoto: Early 20th century apartment on the fourth floorPhoto: Hallway of the apartmentPhoto: The kitchenPhoto: The kitchenPhoto: Breakfast area and pantryPhoto: Light fixturePhoto: Every doorway is unusually framedPhoto: The officePhoto: Dining areasPhoto: Another unusual light fixture and ornate ceilingPhoto: BedroomPhoto: Umbrella standPhoto: BathroomPhoto: TelephonePhoto: Someone lost a shoe on the streetPhoto: La Sagrada Familia -- it's been under construction since 1882Photo: The cathedral was Gaudi's most ambitious workPhoto: Interior is unbelievablePhoto: Beautiful stained glassPhoto: Twenty-two types of stone have been used in the constructionPhoto: Some guy got in the way of my picturePhoto: The central navePhoto: The altarPhoto: CeilingPhoto: CeilingPhoto: Scale model - the cathedral has taken so long because it is funded solely by donations and ticket salesPhoto: Eucharist sculpture on Glory facadePhoto: The work symbolizes unity among all faiths and culturesPhoto: "Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread" in 50 languages -- do you see the English?Photo: It's a clamPhoto: The Nativity facadePhoto: The detail is amazingPhoto: Photos simply do not do this justicePhoto: The Passion facadePhoto: Definitely a more Modernist-looking interpretationPhoto: Hospital Sant PauPhoto: Park GuellPhoto: Main entrance to Park Guell, another Gaudi projectPhoto: The famous dragon that I couldn't get a photo of without other peoplePhoto: Park GuellPhoto: Beautiful ceiling -- the park is a UNESCO World Heritage SitePhoto: No ordinary park benchPhoto: View from Park GuellPhoto: The park encompasses 50 acres of hilly terrainPhoto: View toward Sagrada FamiliaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Gaudi originally planned the space as a housing development -- only two houses were builtPhoto: The park was constructed between 1900 and 1914Photo: VistaPhoto: Cross at the top of Park GuellPhoto: Looking down from the topPhoto: View from the cross platformPhoto: Park GuellPhoto: Park GuellPhoto: Pretty church we passed on the Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus tourPhoto: Street lamp on Passeig de GraciaPhoto: Passeig de GraciaPhoto: Las RamblasPhoto: Barcelona harborPhoto: Barcelona harborPhoto: Barcelona harborPhoto: Barcelona beachPhoto: Barcelona beachPhoto: Looks like MiamiPhoto: Barcelona beachPhoto: Giant fish sculpturePhoto: Giant fishPhoto: At the Gran CasinoPhoto: There was a big poker tourney going on and being filmedPhoto: Poker roomPhoto: Final table of one of the tournamentsPhoto: We recognized Eric Seidel (guy at back right reaching arm out)Photo: Photo: Photo: Originally a bullfighting ringPhoto: Now it houses concertsPhoto: Passing La Sagrada FamiliaPhoto: Pretty architecturePhoto: TramPhoto: More pretty buildingsPhoto: Pretty buildingPhoto: Street light on Passeig de GraciaPhoto: She was guarding the top of a buildingPhoto: Guarding the top of this buildingPhoto: This stuff is all over BarcelonaPhoto: Casa Batllo fireplacePhoto: Another Gaudi work of artPhoto: And another World Heritage SitePhoto: View of the Passeig de Gracia from the housePhoto: Ceiling evokes a whirlpoolPhoto: Nothing is boringPhoto: Ceiling in room facing the courtyardPhoto: The rear patioPhoto: Backyard patioPhoto: Rear of the housePhoto: Every bit of the house is a work of artPhoto: Top rear of the housePhoto: I would never think of doing something like this, but I love it!Photo: The inner well of the housePhoto: The colors go from light blue at the bottom to darker blkue at the topPhoto: Attic hallwayPhoto: The roofPhoto: View from the roof topPhoto: ChimneyPhoto: Looking down toward the backyardPhoto: The dragon element on the roof topPhoto: Photo: Gaudi chairPhoto: Another ceilingPhoto: Front of Casa BatlloPhoto: Casa BatlloPhoto: Wine barPhoto: Snack time?Photo: This crispy bread with tomatoes and olive oil is so goodPhoto: Dinner -- mozarella and tomatoesPhoto: More crispy breadPhoto: Seafood paellaPhoto: Sea bassPhoto: You know I can't resist chocolatePhoto: Strange-looking creme brulee, but it tasted goodPhoto: Casa Batllo at nightPhoto: And without the flashPhoto: Bench along Passeig de GraciaPhoto: La Pedrera at night