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...Crossing days in the calendar I was eagerly waiting for my holiday that was planned in the period from 30 of July to 13th of August. While waiting I even composed the track "Intro" that associated with my travel. here some parts of the track
I could make all travel arrangements quite fast (as the most of the people I usually pack my baggage 3-2 hours before leaving the house). The flight from Moscow to Barcelona lasts about 5 hours. And finally I arrived at the airport.
Barcelona I wasn`t met as I arrived at the airport that`s why it was really good to know about some mobile services like "Multipass" that provides calling to the local numbers for very little money and "Planet 0". Both rates are for beeline. The second one doesn`t provide Internet, but it didn`t matter cause all hotels have free wi-fi. Whats app works as well. And more over "Planet0" doesn`t require everyday payment. By the way the voltage there is the same with Russian. From airport you can go by taxi or by bus. From the airport to Las Ramblas (the most popular street in Barcelona) - 5-6 euro. You can buy the tickets via terminal or from the driver. In the middle of the bus there`s a special place for baggage. Climate It`s hot and humid there. Most of the days were sunny and calm, perfect weather for tourists :). To my surprise there weren`t any mosquitos! Architecture If to compare with Moscow, there`s no big difference between bedroom suburb and the centre in Barcelona as it is in Moscow. Each building is the historical monument. The city is not very clean and maybe a bit small. But those are the only minuses.
People there are quite active. Skateboarding is the most popular kind of activity, then goes bike. Bike infrastructure is very developed in Barcelona. You can hire it everywhere. There re many places to visit. Most of them are free. I could see Sagrada Familia, Montjuic, Park Guel, Park Citadel, Magic Fountain, Labirint, Gothic district and ... bar of Manu Chao :).
Here`s always overcrowded. There`re many cafes along the street. Anything for your money :). If you`d like to eat - waiter will find a place at once, if you`d preffer drinks only - you`re welcome as well. There`re tents along the street where you can buy sweets, paintings and even scarves :) The one of the famous places here is Gothic district. BTW there`s Manu Chao`s Bar there.
Another sightseeing is Montjuic.
It`s situated on the hill and consists of a big territory filled with different kinds of plants. Apart from that at the foot of Palace of Alfonso XIII there`s an amazing Plaza de Ispana view...
...Next place isLabirint.
To tell the truth it`s nothing special. The very Labirint appeared quite small. If to go along La Rambla to the opposite side from Rondo Street you will get to the Port.
…There`re an amazing yachts view… You can walk along the coast right to the beach Mar or get to it by riding a bike. _________________________________ So finally I can say that Spain really changed something for me... Barcelona is a great place filled with atmosphere of freedom and art...
Back to my previous post - Spain...I was so lucky to visit several places within one holiday. But Barcelona is the best! :) (in my opinion). Actually some people highly recommended me to see Sevilla, unfortunately it is not that easy atm.
Just a short slide-show "Madrid"
We stayed at “Hostel Ballesta”. Pluses: It is really a good one, better than some 4* hotels. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Location is also a bonus - everything is reachable (shops, metro etc), besides it is a quiet place . The only minus was the view from our apartment - wall view :)). That is why it was always dark in the room. Once we overslept cause of that, thinking it was still night and nearly missed our excursion.
__________________________ When you are in Madrid you feel kinda tired because it is extremely hot there - the first thing I can remember :). So make sure you wear a cap everytime when you go out. It is rather busy city just like any capital in the world. Also there are many prostitutes and even transsexuals, who are sometimes agressive. It is better to be among people in the evening. Apart from that I can`t mention any other minuses. It is a beautiful city, where each building is a kind of architectural monument, there are many places to visit and it is really good that everything is reachable.
__________________________ There are noisy parts of the city. Once I saw a banner that was on one of the balconies. It was written in Spanish but my friend told me it`s said that owner was fed up with music and noise. So it is the way local people protest against something they don`t like. But I am not sure if anybody else, except me, saw it...
___________________________ One of the incredible places to visit is the Palacio de Real, which was built in the middle of the XVIII century. The Palace is joined by gardens: smaller one -Jarddines de Sabatini and bigger -Jardines Campo del Moro.
There is the main cathedral church - Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Almudena - opposite the Palace, and Royal church - Real Basilica San Francisco el Grande - that was built at the end of XVIII century.
_________________________ Also there are beautiful parks in Madrid and you can even go by funicular to observe the city and a huge park that actually reminds savanna :). On arrival you can rest and have lunch or dinner at the local cafe.
Madrid is a majestic city, with its own atmosphere and busy life ... We spent there about 5 days which were too many. But thank to that we had opportunity to visit Toledo.
It`s easy to reach Toledo from Madrid, it takes just a few hours by comfortable train.
It`s pretty enough to have a short tour there, specially if it is hot weather. The town is quite small, however we got tired walking among the narrow cobbled streets under the scorching rays of the sun... Anyway it was a good experience. One embarrassing thing was that there weren`t free toilets there. The only solution was to go to local cafes. But they didn`t let you in if you didn`t order anything. So it was really funny))). The cheapest thing to order was a coctail or just juice)). So we ordered juice and used their facilities then you needed them again and again you needed to order drinks)). That was really ridiculous...
As for the town itself it looks like a Middle Ages fortress with a piece of civilization inside, including cosy restaraunts, cafes and souvenir shops.
After visiting Toledo we came back to Barcelona and went to Montserrat... the most exciting trip during my holiday!
It is better to travel by car, if you know the itinerary. First we drove on the mountain spiral highway. I hardly stopped myself from taking pfotos - it was so beautiful around! But, of course, photos weren`t that good...
On arrival it appeared amazing view...
But it was nothing to compare with the view that waited us incrementally... Soon we saw something that may remind you a kind of veranda with caves and columns shops and cafes, it was impressive!
Then we went to the monastery.
This place is saturated by mystery and spiritual atmosphere...
There is a funicular there and a sort of rail way road. But we didn`t take a risk, cause we were told we had to back on foot)))..
That trip took lot of time, as it was really exciting! So on our way back we stopped at the local restaurant. (There are some on the territory of Montserrat, but they were pretty expensive and crowded with people).