2016-09-11 Port Vell, Barcelona, Costa Dorada, Spain

Palau de Mar, the 19th century warehouse by Port Vell houses the History Museum of Catalonia and the Department of Welfare of the Catalan Government. Beneath the building’s characteristic arches, there are numerous restaurants with terraces spilling out onto the quay just a few yards from where the Tangaroa is berthed
We check out some of Gaudi’s amazing buildings

Time for lunch!! It has been quite sometime since we have had Japanese food

After some major pedaling uphill, aided by some electric power we managed to ride to the Park Guell 150 m above sealevel
Park Guell was planned to house 60 one family houses in an English styled garden city designed by Gaudi
Pedestrian pathways were created with local stones

Out of the 60 commissioned houses only 2 were ever built
The view overlooking the city from Mount Carmel where Guell Park is situated

Overlooking the unfinished Basilica Sagrada Familia

The huge circular main square at the park is supported by 84 massive columns

The open square is surrounded by an undulating bench covered by a mosaic of glazed ceramic pieces of many colours and designs
The incredible bench completely surrounds the open space above the columns
The columns were designed to collect rainwater which would flow to a 12,000 sqm tank below and a market would have been placed in the covered area
Guell Park is certainly one of the most popular tourist destinations in Barcelona judging by the amount of people visiting today

The dragon of Guell Park is well photographed
….as are the amazing ceramics everywhere
The wide double staircase close to the entrance to the park has small waterfalls and sculptures
At the entrance to the park are two pavilions

We make our way back to the port after another fabulous day sightseeing  in Barcelona
We pass a several of Gaudi’s amazing buildings all lit up!!


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