Monday, July 10, 2006

Wed in Barcelona: Montjuic and Park Güell

The palace at Montjuic was beatiful, though we only saw it from the outside. The fountain that stands out in front is called the Font Mágica, or Magic Fountain, and with good reason. The fountain cycles through a series of displays that range from shooting streams of water a good 40 ft into the air, to creating mist that makes it look like the entire fountain is covered in fog. We stopped to eat some ice cream and watch the fountain before heading on up the mountain to the war museum at Castell.

The war museum contained everything from suits of armor to scaled battles of miniatures, models of forts and all the weapons you could think of. Pretty cool, and the view from the mountain was a beautiful swath of the mediterranean. Pictures all around.

Park Güell, the famous park of Antoni Gaudí, was our destination for the evening, but first we had to get our train tickets to Madrid. This was about the same as waiting in line to get your drivers liscence renewed, though we only had to wait about an hour to get our tickets.

Once we had our tickets in hand, we set out for the crazy Park Güell. This park is as famous as it is because it looks like it belongs in a Dr. Suess book. It has 2 houses out in front, complete with spiraling roofs checkered in blue and white, and sides that look as though they are melting. In one part of the park is a pathway that is covered by a series of arches, only the arches are all leaning at about 45 degrees. The best part, though, was the forest of columns. This was originally designed to be a marketplace, but the plans surrounding the park never came through, so now it is just a huge plaza full of columns. The columns hold up the large open air area above it, where you can sit on the ergonomically designed, tiled benches created by Gaudí. We made sure to play Gobblet in the forest of columns, adding it to our list of Gobbletted places.

After Gaudíing ourselves out (and getting a couple gifts ;)) we headed back to El Raval for dinner. Dinner was at La Biblioteca, a restaurant known for its wide selection of books on cooking. We started with an appetizer of some kind of quiche, and a bottle of wine, both of which were delicious. I then got a shank of lamb for a main entree, and you could literally pull the meat off of the bone it was so tender. La Biblioteca definitely wins the award for best food so far, and it´s going to be a hard one to beat.

After dinner we walked home and fell into a food coma.


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