Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Fifth Stop: Barcelona, Spain~ Part Two

Once back on the bus with green tinted windows, I started taking more pictures. In this first picture, I was trying to capture the building in the distance, but once I saw the picture I got so tickled. The shrub growing near the street seems larger than the little car driving by.

(Just feel free to ignore me at any time.)

This next picture is of some water fountains that we saw. We were told that Barcelona had been suffering through a very long period of drought, so normally these fountains were not running during the day. (Melissa and I like to think that it was God's little surprise just for us.)

And interestingly enough, the day that we were in Barcelona, it was finally raining, which was great because they were in so much need of rain.

Like Italy and Croatia, Spain has so many beautiful flowers. I thought that these purple flowers were just magnificent!

I'm so sorry, but I just cannot help myself. These "Smart Cars" just crack me up.
Notice the size of the parking space compared to the size of the car.

(And just so you know, that probably will not be the last "Smart Car" picture that I will share with you. I'm just giving you fair warning.)

This next picture is of "The Plaça de l´Arc de Triomf." (Try saying that three times quickly.)

It was the monumental gateway which led to the enclosure of the 1888 World Fair.

You can see in comparison to the people standing near it, that it is huge!

I'm not sure what these columns were for, but I still took the picture just to give you some more of an idea of what Barcelona is like.

I believe this was a monument or fountain. There was construction going on all around it. (I'm sorry that I am not more knowledgeable, but it is hard to hear and comprehend everything on a moving tour bus with green tinted windows).

The next four pictures that I have to share with you are of two more Gaudi buildings.

This first one is called the Casa Mila.

What makes this building so unique, is that it does not have any "corners" on the building. All of the edges of the structure are rounded off or curved.

This next picture is of a building called the Casa Battlo.

It is hard to tell looking through the green tinted bus windows, but this building was so colorful. It was beautiful (in a gaudy sort of way).

(Is it just me, or do the balconies all over the building look like skeletal remains?)

Here is a picture of one of the structures that was built for the 1992 Olympic Games that were held in Barcelona. I think this was supposed to represent the Olympic torch, but please don't quote me on that.

Here is a quick peek inside the Barcelona Stadium that was used during the Olympics.

And this is the building that Bon Jovi was playing in on the very same night that we were there. Sigh.

(And unfortunately, Melissa and I did not get an opportunity to meet Jon Bon Jovi that day. Sigh.)

Here is a very bad picture of a sky tram car. You could ride on this and get an incredible view of Barcelona. (Much better than the view that you would get say, from a tour bus with green tinted windows.)

Barcelona is a large, beautiful city with a gorgeous mountain view.
I know that it is hard to comprehend that from the pictures that I have shared with you, so you are just going to need to trust me on this one.

These next two pictures are of Melissa and me in front of the Sardana Dancers Statue.

(It's nice to see something outdoors as opposed to through the green tinted bus windows, isn't it?)

Well, after a fun filled day spent in Barcelona, Spain, it was time to head back to our ship.....The Carnival Freedom.

That's all of our time in Barcelona, Spain, my bloggy buddies. So, I bet you all know what that means will be next......You guessed it; more posing nonsense followed by a delicious dinner.



Anonymous said...

The architecture is amazing. But you wouldn't dare catch me in the ski lift thingy. LOL!

Mari said...

Love the dancers. No way I'd be riding in that little sardine can. Again, no to the sky car. You are right th balconies look like skulls or something. ICK. Love love love the fountains and the gateway.
Okay that's enough from the peanut gallery! Looks like a great trip though.

Tracey said...

The buildings are amazing and I love the statues!!! What fun!!!

sa061545@bellsouth.net said...

These pictures are beautiful! I love the Gaudy structures - how unique! I just wish you had had more time to spend so you could get out and explore - looks like such an interesting place to visit.
Love you!
MOM :)

Michele said...

Barcelona.......(ah you've done it again Amy, I'm singing!)
What beautiful buildings. Thank you so much for sharing these! I think those smart cars are really cool!
Oh and Jon Bon Jovi.....nothing like a nice Jersey boy....sigh!

Dianne said...

Hey friend, isn't that arch supposed to be the twin of the arch in Paris? Anyway, I studied architecture in art hisroty in school, so I have always loved unusual and old architecture.

So if you were done in Barcelona, then you didn't get to go to the Gugenhiem?

Look forward to your food photos!

Beandip71 said...

Wow, you got to see some beautiful buildings that I missed on my trip. Thanks for sharing those.

BTW, the smart cars crack me up too! :)

God bless,

Megan said...

Wow I am so jealous! I want a vacation JUST like that! I came across your blog through glam life. :)

Liz said...

Green tinted windows? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Beautiful city, and isnt that place known as the 'skull house'? I could have sworn I watched a travel show about it.

Mia said...

I am really late getting over here today!
I'm still praying for you don't forget!
And I want a smart car......

much2ponder said...

Amazing pictures Amy! Makes me want to go there and see this for myself. Thank you for sharing. My husband and I are considering a smart car, but we won't get one any time soon until people around her learn how to drive. If you go off the road with a smart car...that's gonna do more than smart. OK, bad joke, but you get my drift, right?

Sharon said...

Wow such beautiful photos, looks like so much fun. The parking space really had me laughing, those cars are so cute, I can see me riding in one of those.
That statues are sooo cool.
Thanks for sharing... By the way love the new look on your blog.
Blessings to you and your family, including that sweet thang Allie.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

All very beautiful. I feel such a sense of relaxation and tranquility from these pics just by viewing them. I think the green tint kind of makes them neat. I know it takes away from the true color of things but it's kind of neat. Those dancing sculptures were cute with that childish feel...thinking of "ring around the rosey, pocket fully of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down." :-)

Thanks for sharing, sweet one.

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