4 March Barcelona

It’s a late start for us today, only getting up and out of bed just before 10am!

We catch the bus to Casa Vicens, the first house Gaudi built when he was in his early 30s.

He took his influences from Moorish, Islamic and Oriental design.

A patio balcony on the first floor.

The loo!

A small enclosed balcony. This would be lovely to sit in on a hot summer day

The interior has an abundance of different designs and colours, on both the walls and ceilings, but is overall quite dark inside.

The rooftop

On the second floor is an exhibition about the house, it’s restoration ( it only opened this year) and the decorative influences.

Tbe original architectural drawings.

After our visit we catch another bus, hoping to head back to the Gothic Quarter.

The bus is detoured, it looks like there has been a demonstration, lots of people around with Catalan flags and placards.

Luckily it all seems to have finished by the time we stop!

We realise we are near one of the restaurants our Air Bnb host recommended, Casa Delfin.

The interior is lovely, but as it’s such a nice sunny day we choose to sit out in the square and are lucky that a table is available almost immediately.

Sue and I pick similar items from the menu so decide to share plates: small fish, scallops, and lamb. All delicious, although we are suprised that the bread we ask for comes up toasted and dry!

We don’t share pudding! I opt for a pistachio cheesecake, with Sue choosing a strawberry mille-feuille. Both delicious.

The weather has changed to rain, which luckily eases off whilst we have coffee.

We take a quick look in El Born Cultural Centre housed in a restored city market building with excavated ruins from 1700’s before heading back to the apartment.

Many of the information boards are about how the Catalunyans lost their independence during this time.

A few streets further away we come across this memorial with an everlasting flame in memory of those who lost their lives.

One can only hope that lives aren’t lost in the current political unrest.

A glittery steel artwork outside a gallery catches my eye as we walk back.

As well as some more graffiti.

Its hard to believe my long weekend is nearly over- I fly home in the morning.

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