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

Blissful Travel – Getting back to Normal – Part1

If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.~ Rachel Wolchin

The posts you saw last week were all scheduled. Thanks to WP. I was away. First travelled to Oslo and then to Barcelona. Attending conference post covid was quite surreal.

Oslo is ready for a pre-Christmas period full of magic. On Monday, after the sessions we enjoyed a stroll at the Christmas market in Oslo senter.

All is well that ends well.

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Jobs fill your pocket, adventures fill your soul. – Jaime Lyn Beatty

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Next destination: Part 2 – Barcelona

Rose gardens

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.~ Ruth Stout

God made a beauteous garden
With lovely flowers strown,
But one straight, narrow pathway
That was not overgrown.
And to this beauteous garden
He brought mankind to live,
And said “To you, my children,
These lovely flowers I give.
Prune ye my vines and fig trees,
With care my flowers tend,
But keep the pathway open
Your home is at the end.

Robert Frost (God’s Garden)

A gardener is like a prophet looking out on a barren land and saying, ‘I see corn on that hill, and beans beneath the grove, and lavender in the field, and over there some roses by the brick wall.’ Don’t you think that’s what a good friend should be like? A truly good friend is one who can look at our bare lives and see the fruit of what will one day come from deep inside us.~ Craig Froman (Of Secrets, Spiders & and the End of the World)

Be soft, don’t let the world make you hard. Be gentle, don’t let the people make you difficult. Be kind, don’t let the realities of life steal your sweetness and make you heartless~ Nurudeen Ushawu

We visited Madrid in may 2019 and stayed there was 5 days. During the visit I spent some quality time in the rose gardens. Yes Madrid has 2 rose gardens and have more than 4000 roses.. Both are well maintained and can be reached using public transport. The public transport is extremely efficient at least in my opinion.

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