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Barcelona, the old city of Barcelona, the Ramblas

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Spain, summer 2001, Barcelona, the old city of Barcelona, the Ramblas

And again we go by bus to the centre and buy a day ticket. It is the cheapest and easiest way to travel through Barcelona. First we walk up to Montjuic and the nearby Olympic Stadium. One likes it or not. Teije has been to the Olympic village at Montreal and he found that much more impressive. We even don't take a picture... but we are not really sport fanatics.
The cathedral of Barcelona The cathedralWe like the old centre of Barcelona much better. Here the cathedral of Barcelona; not Gaudi's creation, but the original one, situated in the medieval quarters of the city with narrow alleys with lots of peculiar shops and houses.
Living statues, Ramblas Living statues, RamblasAnd of course we have to walk over the Ramblas. The tradition of the living statues appears to originate in Barcelona and there are many on the Ramblas. Obviously, the art is copied and living statues can now be found in any major European city. But we have never seen so many of them at one place before and are quite impressed by some of them.
Living statues, Ramblas Living statues, RamblasSometimes you only notice after some time that a statue isn't a statue but a living being. Apart from them, the Ramblas offers a vivid variety of entertainment, market stalls and outdoor cafés. We spend a few hours just looking at everything that goes on.
We return quite late to the camping, tired, but satisfied and decide to make up a list of everything we want to see the next time we will come here again. Two days is too short a period to see all there is to see. Yesterday we already have decided to return one day to Barcelona, but we don't know then it will be within a few months! You can read more about it on the Barcelona-pages. Well, at least we have seen a bit of this city, on our way to Portugal!


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