View Full Version : BARCELONA, June 2010
July 2nd, 2010, 04:38 AM
I am going to post some pictures from my recent trip to Barcelona. Barcelona is not only the city of Gaudi, but also a city with an amazing Medieval architectural heritage. It is of course a major economic and touristic attraction, but IMO its medieval and 19th century architecture is a much better attraction, while the modern one is also very interesting. The beaches are not better than the Romanian ones (but a lot more expensive!) while the shops there are almost all in Romania as well at similar prices! I will post some selected pictures highlighting the comments above, but please bear with me because I have to work though some over 3,000 pics. :cheers:
I will begin with some pics showing Barcelona from the airplane and the main airport.
The pictures from the airplane window are a bit fuzzy since the sun was shining right into them:
^^ I think those are some liquefied gas deposits since I could see a few tankers waiting in the main port there for unloading.
And now some pictures from inside the amazing new terminal at Barcelona airport:
The aiport has some interior courts where smokers can indulge in their addiction :D
July 2nd, 2010, 04:44 AM
And now some pictures from the train terminal near the airport. Basically, to get to Barcelona, one can take the train from the train terminal near the airport (a free of charge shuttle bus takes you there) or there are frequent buses which go from the airport to the city's main downtown metro stations. I took the train. :D
Leaving the airport by shuttle bus towards the train terminal:
Arriving at the train terminal:
And this is how the train terminal is looking from inside:
July 2nd, 2010, 04:55 AM
I took a CAF train from the train terminal to the nearest metro station (I'll post pics of the metro stations as well - Barcelona is a city about the size of Bucharest, but with a bigger and newer metro network; public transportation in general is very well developed). My hotel was close to Sagrada Famiglia so here it is my first impression of the city at 1 o'clock in the morning when I got out of the metro system to go to the hotel and raised my eyes up:
The Cathedral is still U/C (for more than 100 years!!! construction began in 1882) and you'll be able to see interior and exterior pics taken during the day as well as pics taken from one of the towers raising at more than 120 m above the ground, with some stunning views of the city. :cheers:
July 2nd, 2010, 06:33 AM
During my first day I chose to take a stroll through the city instead of going around by metro, bus etc. Here are some pictures showing the city (mostly its newer part) as it is:
July 2nd, 2010, 06:35 AM
July 2nd, 2010, 06:41 AM
The famous Torre Agbar:
Barcelona, the same as Bucharest, doesn't have a particular tower district. As you will see, there are a few towers scattered through the city. But they are positioned in key sites so to polarize the view at the end of key boulevards.
Unfortunatelly, I didn't have the time to go up there. :(
And some nearby infrastructure:
I'll post more pics with the tram infrastructure later on.
July 2nd, 2010, 06:44 AM
July 2nd, 2010, 06:50 AM
This is the Placa del Torres where the famous Corridas take place:
July 2nd, 2010, 07:31 AM
Now some pictures of the tram system:
July 2nd, 2010, 12:16 PM
Great photos !!! I hope you had a nice time there. I just love this city !
July 2nd, 2010, 01:58 PM
Super! Barcelona e unul din orasele mele preferate :cheers:
July 3rd, 2010, 03:18 PM
Da. E superb orasul! Vor urma si alte poze. In timp...
July 4th, 2010, 02:20 AM
Asteptam ;) :cheers:
July 7th, 2010, 10:29 AM
I was there too, 9 days at the end of april , and 7 in the second part of june. (not counting traveling time). Second time I also bought 2 pairs of Geox shoes, from the centre (LE downtown I mean) of Barcelona, at sensibly smaller price than in Bucharest. May I put photos too ?
They've got no air cables with very small exceptions (they dont even have trolleys, only some tram; the metro, buses, and regional trains that comes underground in the middle of the city like metro, are makinge the rules there)
July 7th, 2010, 10:57 AM
I was there too, 9 days at the end of april , and 7 in the second part of june. (not counting traveling time). Second time I also bought 2 pairs of Geox shoes, from the centre of Barcelona, at sensibly smaller price than in Bucharest. May I put photos too ?
Of course you can put photos. I am realy busy these days and can't work on my pics.
BTW; About the clothing prices - found them a lot more expensive than Bucharest. Bought a pair of shoes and some shirts...from Desigual and other brands. Found them at least twice as expensive. Because I checked prices at the same stores in Bucharest after I returned to Romania. Cheaper clothing prices in Barcelona than in Bucharest is a myth IMO. A very circulated one, still a myth.
July 7th, 2010, 11:29 AM
In my case was the opposite. So, its not exactly a myth, looks like its true in some cases and false in others.
July 7th, 2010, 11:52 AM
^^ I checked a lot of stuff there, and in general noticed clothing was more expensive than the same stuff I could find in Bucharest. Well, Barcelona is an expensive city and it's quite normal.
July 7th, 2010, 03:53 PM
Awesome pics Le Clerk!! Looking forward to seeing more! :cheers:
My cousin is currently in Barcelona with his new bride on their honeymoon. I might post some pics as well when they get back on the 16th.
July 8th, 2010, 10:16 PM
After I made a selection, there still remained some 135 photos so I made a Picasa album :
In fact, to show all beauties of Barcelona, I guess I'd need thousands of photos :)