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Report 2007: Rambling through Southern Andalucia

By kathyk from Michigan, Spring 2012

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Page 2 of 11: Third Week in Barcelona

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View from roof of our rental apartment

My American friends flew into Barcelona and I moved out of Carmen's house and into the rental apartment with them. I described our apartment in the rental review section (link in Resources). As much as I love being a part of Carmen's family, it was nice to fall into speaking American again, having more space and getting some more tranquil time in the company of my friends, a married couple.

We visited all the usual highlights of the city but also some "new" ones for me.

Palacio Guell: It had been closed for the past three years for renovations and just opened this Spring. In the Palacio, the third floor attic displays charts, photos, video and artifacts that explain the renovation. The other floors show the results of this renovation very well, this jewel of Gaudi.

Sagrada Familia: I visited the interior in the 70's, in 2007 now once again in 2012. So, I have seen its progress in the form of time lapse. This was the first visit with the enclosed roof over the temple. I am impressed each time with the progress and the design

Parque Guell: I go here every year, to show my friends and to enjoy it my self, a respite from the traffic down below. This year we were approached by a man who asked us to sign a petition, to keep access to the park free. We all signed. Carmen explained that Parque Guell does require enormous maintenance but if the city starts charging for admittance to this park, then the precedent is set and there will be no stopping the charges for other places. Paraphrasing a certain network, "I report, you decide

Hospital San Pablo: The entire complex is being overhauled so that it can be shown off in the near (?) future. We toured the church and viewed the works from behind construction barriers. The site, buildings and grounds promises to be another showcase for Barcelona.

Caixa Forum, Goya exhibit: By pure luck, while we were in Barcelona, several paintings, and many line drawings were on exhibit. There seems to be a something good on exhibit at the Caixa, constantly.

Casa Asia: I visited here for the very first time ever, and was so delighted that I returned for a second visit before leaving for home. It was built and still serves as a culture center for Asian countries. It was built in the modernista style. The free, self guided tour is kind of like visiting Casa Batllo in miniature.

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