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Old April 14th, 2010, 06:47 PM   #1
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Barcelona Delights

Was fortunate enough to spend a week in Barcelona. I stayed along with 70 others on the same trip in the Urbany Hostel on Avinguda Meridiana, between Glories and Clot Stations.

The hostel bar gives a nice view of residencial buildings typical of Barcelona.



The bar overlooks Avinguda Meridiana, an important thoroughfare of Barcelona. Like many of its kind, it has the interesting feature of a wide pedestrian and cycle promenade in the middle of the road.



Placa de Catelunya, sitting just north of the old town, is the central squre of Barcelona. It's an important transport hub, home to many bus termini and served by numerous metro and commuter rail lines. Here is a cycle station:



Some fine buildings bordering the square:







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Old April 14th, 2010, 06:53 PM   #2
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More from Placa de Catalunya:







The airport bus:



Now here's something I never found out until I had already left Barcelona - all maps of Barcelona are orientated with North NOT at the top! There are perfectly legitimate practicality reasons of course, and with the time-zone bias one doesn't actually notice this special treatment.

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Rambling down La Rambla, the High Street that cuts through Barcelona's Old Town:





Looking back towards the square, and the Banco Espanol de Credito building:



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Amazing, very nice photos from Barcelona
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Thanks Christos ;-)

Some side-streets coming off La Rambla:





La Rambla is littered with news kiosks of this kind ...



... and flourists too:



Another view of the street - towards the waterfront:

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nice street shots of Barcelona!!!
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Old April 14th, 2010, 09:12 PM   #7
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what r doing to the trees in barcelona?? looks like they chop its branches in a very odd, not so pretty, way
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Old April 14th, 2010, 09:23 PM   #8
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This is one of the world's best cities.
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COOL!
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An newish building slotted in amongst the old:



The best market of Barcelona:





I'm now at Liceu Station:



Look back towards Placa de Catalunya:



More buildings, and outdoor seating of restaurants:

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Placa Reial - provides a nice sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of La Rambla (or in theory anyway - there are rather a few too many vans around...):



One of the palm trees:



Statue at Placa de Teatro:



The comtemporary art museum:



Behind the museum is the Edificio Colon, Barcelona's first skyscraper.



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The Edificio Colon:



The Edificio Colon behind the Catalonian Naval building:



I'm rather partial to this shot ...



Customs building:



The Port Authority:






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Buildings lining the waterfront (Passeig de Colom):





The Columbus Monument:



I'll let the pictures do the talking ...



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More from the same area:







The hill behind is the Montjuic:



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Bump - one evening the 70 of us had dinner at a restaurant in Poble Espanyol, a 'typical Spanish village' on the mountain of Montjuic. The village was constructed as an outdoor architectural museum for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition.







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The Gherkin?



This is the Torre Agbar, a skyscraper located at Glories, which has become a business centre of Barcelona.

There's a retail complex at Glories with Carrefour being an anchor tenant.





And they call it 'PC City' over there ...

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Strolling along Avinguda Diagonal away from Glories:



Shop fronts and tram track:



Although the boulevards in Barcelona are wide, the traffic isn't that fast or heavy, and there are regular pedestrian crossings. The wide pedestrian central reservation makes the roads rather pleasant too. Another look at the 'Gherkin':

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I like the tram ...



What's this glassy looking thing?



And a random collection of residential buildings, big and small, old and new...















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Alas, this is pretty much all that time allowed me. Time to say goodbye to this beautiful city. But before that, a final look at the hostel:

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Thanks for all the street shots of this beautiful city!
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