Wednesday 15th May, 2013
We didn’t wake up until 9am today – so tired after our flight from Africa yesterday. Went out for breakfast to a little restaurant on La Ramblas and it was very nice – eggs, bacon and coffee. After buying a new long sleeved top for David (to combat the cold), we went for a walk through the city to the L’Eixample district looking at the Moderniste buildings. We paid to go in to the Casa Batllo (the very famous house designed by Antoni Gaudi, the most famous of Barcelona’s architects). It was one of the most amazing places we have ever seen and we spent about two hours inside the house. The house is privately owned but the entrance fees assist with the upkeep. The house is all curves, beautiful wood, stained glass windows, lots of light. The terrace is full of mosaics, and the roof has mosaic chimneys. The front of the house has mosaics, balconies, and a crazy roof. We loved it. We then ate our lunch in the street on a bench. We continued up the main street (all the designer shops are there) and looked at the fascades of a number of other famous buildings such as Casa Amatiler and La Pedrera. On the way back the weather was really pretty awful, cold, rainy and windy but fortunately we had our raincoats, so we didn’t get too wet. At 8pm, we met some friends from our last year’s trip in Southern Africa (Maite and Pep who live, study and work here in Barcelona) and we went out to dinner with them. This time however, as the rain had stopped, we didn’t take our raincoats and within about 10 minutes it started to rain heavily and although they had umbrellas we were pretty wet by the time we reached the restaurant after they had showed us some of the beautiful old buildings in the last light of day. We had a traditional Catalonian meal and enjoyed their company until about 11pm and then they drove us back to our hotel and we went to bed around midnight. Today the temperature was only up to about 18C so it was a bit different to what we have become accustomed to in Africa. The city however, looks very interesting and there is a lot to see. It has many beautiful buildings, wide streets with many trees, heaps of restaurants and shops and thousands of tourists.