The second day of a trip is its most excited and important day. This is due to;
1.The fatigue of the first day is gone,
2.You are less of a stranger to where you have arrived, you know how to use the transportation systems, and grown a bit more accustomed to the locals.
We leave our hotel with these feelings, and head to the Barcelona’s largest square the Catalonia Square through HOHO. Our journey will be via subway from here and our first stop will be the chocolate museum with its delicious smells and incredible tastes.
We head to the Picasso museum afterwards located in an old medieval palace, on the Bari Gothik area. You can see nearly all of the artworks of Picasso in the museum. If you are fond of paintings and a fan of Picasso, it is a must see.
Our next stop is the famous architect Antoni Gaudi who gave life to Barcelona, and perhaps his most glorious work of art the Sagrada Familia. There is a long line at the entrance but we wait patiently, wanting to see the figurines placed on both the exterior and the interior of the building. This is considered a very holy place for the Catholic Christians, and it’s construction is still ongoing. Gaudi who worked for 16 years in the Church’s construction, died in 1926 due to a tramway accident. In his memory, the church is planned to be completed by 2024. The church consists of 18 towers each one depicting one of the saints along with St. Mary and Jesus. The tallest of the towers will stand at an amazing 180 meters, and it’s construction is still ongoing.
We leave Sagrada Familia and start walking to another one of Gaudi’s art pieces. During our 3 km walk, we prefer the Avenguda Diagonal Avenue in which the bourgeois class used to live. This area in which houses are aligned to the left and right is known as the Quadrat d’Or (the golden square). I strongly recommend walking through this avenue.
Now we stand before the house designed by Gaudi and built between the years of 1905-1910, the Casa Mila. The exterior of the house is wavy and the uniquely designed chimneys on the roof are very extraordinary. It shouldn’t be too hard to see how this house was accepted by the local community at the time, since the bourgeois class at the time wanted to show off their riches and status to everyone and they used their homes as a tool in this aspect.
Since our long walk before the Casa Mila was very tiring, this time we get on the HOHO’s from in front of the Casa Mila and return to the Catalonia Square after taking a full turn at the north of the city.
It’s time to take an enjoyable walk to on the Las Ramblas Avenue, that goes to the Port Vell. This avenue is not only one of the most important avenues of the Spain, but of Europe. The performers and artists show their skill to the left and right of the avenue. The avenue is very crowded at every hour of the day.
To the east of the avenue, there is the Barcelona Cathedral surrounded by narrow alleys, one story houses and souvenir shops, along with the famous Bari Gotic (the Gothic Neighbourhood). This is considered the main center of the city. This side of the city was constructed by the Romans, at the time of Emperor Augustus (27 B.C. – 14 A.D.)as an area of governance and remained so until now.