This was my first solo day in Barcelona. I decided in order to gather my bearings. I would sit on a hop on and hop off bus, covering 2 routes – the red and blue. I’d take the red route in the morning and then do the blue in the afternoon.
It was going to rain so I thought the best thing to do would be to make my first stop at the MNAC otherwise known as the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
This is a beautiful gallery boasting a grand fountain at the front of it. The walk up from this stop is stunning so I recommend getting the stop earlier, so you can walk up the steps towards it.
I’m really into art nouveau and this gallery had a choc full of what I would say is the Spanish version of it! They call it Modernisme.
I think I spent about an hour and a half in there before hopping back on the bus and taking more views.
I wasn’t really sure what I’d do for lunch. Since I was on my own, I didn’t really fancy sitting in a restaurant. So I headed back to the Ramblas and went back to the Boqueria market. To satisfy my cravings, I bought some street food to have on the go.
Then I was back on the bus again and went to walk around Parc Guell which is another Gaudi attraction.
For some reason, I think if go to a great height and look at the sights, I’m going to have some kind of epiphany in terms of where I need to go next in life! I definitely made sure that I went up a lot of hills on this trip.
My favourite high spot was at the cross in Parc Guell. I didn’t quite know what it was when I first saw it from a distance. I saw mass of people sprawling over a hill. The closer I got, I could see it was a peak with a cross on the top of it. So I decided to go there. The walk was long and steep……..
The walk was long and steep……..
But when I reached the summit I felt like I achieved something (I can kind of see the appeal of hiking now!)
Although I thought I might figure out the meaning of life once I got up there, it turned out………I had no thoughts at all because I was enjoying the moment, not analysing anything or wondering what the heck I’m going to do with my life. I felt good to not think about anything, standing there taking in the view.
So my epiphany on that hill was that – seriously, forget about your woes and live in the moment. The woes are your past and you have now and the future ahead for the taking.
I happily hopped back on the bus and took it down to the bottom of the Ramblas. I think wandered into some churches and then found myself by the beach!
I stayed and watched the sunset.
I was killing a bit of time as I wanted to stay out late so that I could see the night views of La Pedara and Casa Battlo! Again, more of Gaudi’s amazing architecture!
Aren’t they gorgeous? It makes me weep seriously.
And that completes my day 2 in Barcelona.
Day 2 itinerary in Barcelona.
- Take the Bus Turistic. Take the red route in the morning.
- Visit the MNAC
- Hop on the bus again and take in the views!
- Get off at the Ramblas and find something to eat
- Hop on the bus again and take the blue route.
- Visit Parc Guell
- Walk up to the Cross and enjoy the view of Barcelona! Think about nothing.
- Hop on the bus again and take in more of Barcelona!
- Get dropped off at the bottom of the Ramblas.
- Check out the beach (if you fancy shopping, walk over the bridge to the mall – Maremagnum)
- Watch the sunset there!
- Then when you’re ready, have a look at Gaudi’s buildings at night!
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