I had got it into my head that I really wanted to see a monastery because it would be a place of contemplation and quietness! I made an epic long walk there from…I don’t even know where! But I remembered the route because of the Bus I took.
I walked through Sarraria which is a beautiful residential area. This was probably the least tourisity place I had been too and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I was the observer, watching people going about their daily life.
I sat the bus stop, listening to to men talk about something…and nothing. Joggers passed by me, dog owners scooping up poop. All these mundane activities happening, and yet I was fascinated because I didn’t have to do that. A part of me, felt like I missed normal life! my own normal life. I think that is what travel does to you. You are forever the observer. So for me looking in, I wanted to participate. I wanted to do normal things, like go buy milk or run an errand from my home. Although I have always wanted to travel for an extensive period, doing this made me wonder whether I could really hack it.
Or if I do travel, I would need to set up a base and actually live there. In order to truly experience a country…really live there.
So I gave up on the bus, left the two old men chatting away and pursued my monastery on foot. I finally got there!
As expected, it was very peaceful and tranquil. The church bells were clanging and I could get a real sense of the OLDNESS of the place. At one point, I found myself in the basement and realised I was on my own. I got spooked out and ran out of there! I have an active imagination.
I’m attracted to water features so I really loved this.
I got a bit lost walking up and down some hills. Sometimes getting lost is the best thing, because you end up discovering new places. I found a great view of Barcelona from high up! I couldn’t tell you what the park was called.
After that I somehow made it into the centre of Barcelona again.
I needed to get some art inspiration so I headed to the Modern art museum. It was huge white building. A lot of skateboarders outside!
I then went this place here to meet my friend! She wanted to see the MNAC. There’s an old bull ring in this area which houses a shopping mall. If you go to the top of the bullring, you can get a free 360 panaramic view of Barcelona. It’s all free too!
Reunited with my friend, we headed back to Cassa Battlo. It’s supercrowded but the guides are so cool. It’s interactive and I can’t even explain well.
We stopped by a nearby cafe and waited for our night visit to the La Pedera. I have to say, I wasn’t expecting much but it was a really magical lightshow/ art installation. You are first taken around by a guide who tells you a lot of interesting things about the building and gaudi. Then at the top, you reach the rooftop and then you watch a light show which has music accompanying it. I think if you want to end your Barcelona trip with a bang, definitely put this show as the finale! It’s really beautiful.
After the show had finished, we were treated to some champagne and nibbles!
A perfect way to end the last night in Barcelona!
We wanted to eat Tapas in the morning. It was a bit of a weird request from us but….when would we be able to eat this again?
Our final attraction was the medical hospital! It’s huge and relaxing. It’s a bit weird to call a hospital relaxing but being surrounded by a beautiful building and having the opportunity to walk through it’s grounds is such a treat!
I found it very healing!
I can’t believe it’s over!
I’m suffering from wanderlust….I’m going new places!