Barcelona: Day 3

On Tuesday, October 25 we took the bus to Park Güell, an estate designed by Antoni Gaudi for the wealthy industrialist Eusebi Güell in 1910. The park features two large houses and several other buildings along with many walking paths through wooded grounds. The two small gatehouses at the entrance are especially charming. Park Güell is now a city park and open to the public. Gaudi lived in one of the houses, the Casa Museau Gaudi, which is now a museum exhibiting furniture that he designed.

Park Guell gatehouse
Park Guell gatehouse
Steps to Hypostyle Hall
Steps leading up to Hypostyle Hall featuring 84 columns
Serpentine Bench
Resting on a segment of the Serpentine Bench, covered with mosaic tile
Serpentine Bench detail
Serpentine Bench detail
 Exterior of Casa Museau Gaudi
Exterior of Casa Museau Gaudi
Casa Museau Gaudi ceiling detail
Casa Museau Gaudi ceiling detail
Casa Museau Gaudi ceiling detail
Casa Museau Gaudi ceiling detail

There were several street musicians throughout the park, including a guy who seemed to be an American, playing slide guitar and singing the blues. On the way out we saw this guy playing a renaissance lute. He was great.

Renaissance lute player
Renaissance lute player

Overall impressions of Barcelona
As a port on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona has a maritime climate. It was overcast much of the time we were there, with some light rain. However, the temperature stayed around 75° F during the day and only a little cooler at night.

Barcelona is relatively large city of 1.6 million people. The Metro (subway) was clean and well organized. We had no difficulty getting around on both the Metro and the bus, and we never had to wait more than a few minutes for any ride. The people were friendly, helpful, and tolerant of our efforts to speak Spanish (many spoke some English). Stephanie knew some Spanish from previous study, and she brushed up on it for this trip. She was able to ask questions and mostly understand the answers, which made things a lot easier. Although the guidebook and the hotel staff warned us of pickpockets, we felt safe wherever we went and we had no problems.

A Google search showed about a dozen jazz clubs, and the city hosts an international jazz festival. Unfortunately, our schedule did not permit us to hear any live jazz in Barcelona on this trip—maybe next time.

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