Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Ok here I am at Park Guell, one of Gaudi's creations. I was pretty amazing, I really enjoyed walking around, but unfortunately it started downpouring while we were there so we didn't walk around as much as we might have otherwise.
Here's the inside of La Sagrada Familia; of course the majority of it was CLOSED for construction, like every other attraction on this trip, but from what I saw I thought it was truly amazing. Architecture like this boggles my mind, I don't understand how someone can conceptualize a vision like that and then make it a reality. Crazy.
Me, outside of La Sagrada Familia. I have more pics of the outside that I'll post later, but if you do a quick Google search you can see what it looks like. It's worth your time! Plus it's gigantic, you could see it from all over Barcelona and it's a really unique looking structure so you can't miss it.
Yay! Unlike the Milan stadium, the Camp Nou (New Stadium) used by FC Barcelona was actually open for tours when we went! Whee! It was pretty cool, for this pic I was a bit higher up in the seats, you were allowed to go in a bunch of different sections so this was towards the top of the stadium...oh wait actually I think this was by the press seats.
And here I am down by the field! And of course, they were setting up for something on the field, a concert or something? But it was cool anyway.
I wanted to post a video I took at Font Montjuic but this computer is literally the slowest computer I've ever used. So that might have to wait until I get home...or until I have an hour to waste while waiting for it to upload!
Off to enjoy Dublin :)
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Another full day tomorrow, we might go check out the beach and the Barri Gotic area. I really want to see Parc Guell so maybe on Saturday we can do that. Also there's a bike tour we might do.
K sorry about the lack of pictures, I might have to wait until Ireland to post more.
The train from geneva was very quick, or at least felt like it; it was a solid ten hours though. We were in sort of a big train car with regular seats that are a bit wider than usual and can also recline; it was ok I actually slept quite a bit. The man sitting behind me kept sneezing (apparently the sneeze/cough into your elbow thing hasn't quite caught on in Europe yet) and another lady was hacking up who knows what. Gross. Anyway made it to our hostel with no problems and then went on a tour of the FC Barcelona soccer stadium; I thought that was cool. After that we headed to La Sagrada Familia to check that out but of course they're doing renovations so much of the inside was blocked off!
We waited to go to dinner until the normal dinner time for locals, around 9pm, and no exaggeration people were still coming
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Karoline and I went on a one-hour boat ride around the Lake Geneva...above is a picture of some of the stores along the street facing the Lake. Fancy stuff, Rolex, Mont Blanc, Harry Winston, other watch companies that are famous and I can't think of right now. As you can see the Lake is nice and blue and the sky was blue today as well! Soo windy though it was crazy. The big Jet d'eau thingy that is usually going was turned off b/c of the wind. I hope it's on tomorrow b/c it is on like every Geneva tourism thing and I really want to see it! It's a big stream of water that goes something like 150meters into the air.
So that's all for now...I might post again quickly tomorrow if we get bored waiting for the train but we'll see! Overnight train to Barcelona tomorrow night, booo. But I think Barcelona will be really cool :)
Monday, June 1, 2009
More driving in Poland. Oh, Karoline's grandfather is driving, the roads are barely big enough for one tiny European car, and there are potholes like no other road I've ever driven. BUT they're very strict about seatbelt laws, so that's nice.
This is a fountain in front of the Castello Sforzesco. Apparently the castle was turned into barracks by the Austrians back in the 1700's so it wasn't the pretty castle I was imagining. Sigh.
This was the view from our hotel room window. I wasn't overly impressed with this particular hotel, but it was right across the street from the boat station so that was convenient. After riding on the boat for a long period of time, you still feel like you're on the boat for like a solid 20 or 30 minutes afterwards. It is very bizarre. Oh also! If you can see that little like...post thing sticking up out of the middle of that circle, it was actually a water fountain! Water just constantly dripped out of it and you could just go grab a drink.