Blissful Travel – Part 2 – Barcelona

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain

In last couple of months Europe started to open partially within Schenghen area and the covid situation in Barcelona was under control in recent times. Barcelona was on my list for a while but some how I missed the opportunity more than once. We decided to make it happen before it is too late.

We booked one of the H 10 hotels in the centre which was quite convenient. We really like the place and their services. (… more in another post). We visited typical touristic places but in a slow pace. We chose 3 day local travel card over hop on hop off buses. It gave us more freedom to explore.

The current day technology help us in all possible ways but then along side it also scared us, the side effect of being very concious. I thought of not taking camera with me on the very first day. I took out mobile once we were inside a restaurant 😁. We enjoyed a good number of sea food dishes during our stay. We learned to be patient and stand in a queue outside restaurants, which are favourite among the locals. These people don’t book it online 😀

We appreciate many things but foremost the work of famous Catalan architects like Antoni Gaudi and Lluís Domènech i Montaner.

Our first stop:

The Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site – an art nouveau complex & former hospital with mosaics, stained glass & gardens. The most important work by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the architect of Modernisme. Declared World Heritage by the UNESCO in 1997 for its singularity and artistic beauty, the Art Nouveau Site comprises an architectural complex of 12 pavilions set in green space and interconnected by a kilometre of underground galleries.

Due to restoration projects sadly most of the complex was closed for visitors.

Do you feel disappinted when museums or display units or service providers fail to inform you about their limitations before you pay?

This is an excellent place to visit when in Barcelona. We were impressed by the idea of starting a hospital 6 centuries ago and maintaining such small details where history and innovation go hand in hand. There are so many things I would like to share about this place but I feel the max. length of the post is attended. Also shall have a new post to present our findings from the visits to Antoni Gaudi’s magestic work.

We felt safe while walking on the streets and taking any kind of public transportations and have not came across any unplesant incidence. There were not so many tourists walking around and hence the usual pickpocket teams and other scam experts were on holidays/hibernating. My guess 😀

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Monday Walk

And in case if you have missed the earlier part – Blissful travel – Part 1– Oslo

Art of conversation

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With so much muddling of facts.                                                                                                         Rational political conversations are                                                                                                    scarcely possible.

For sake of old freindships,                                                                                                                   I put myself on silent mode.

And spend my time to appreciate creativity in                                                                                art and beauty.

-Rupali

 

At Home – 5:15 am

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Let every dawn of morning be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close.~ John Ruskin (The Two Paths)

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Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting.~ Haruki Marukami

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I’d come to see that home wasn’t just about the place where you lived or the memories within the walls. It was the love you saw reflected in the eyes of the people around you, and the strength of your own feelings that made a place home.~ R.E. Butler (A Flash of Fang)

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