After leaving Park Guell we continued on the Barcelona Bus Turisto blue route. I couldn’t resist taking pictures of interesting sights.
I can’t remember what the building above is but it was very pretty. We drove by Guell Pavillions. This is a gatehouse designed by Gaudi in the walls around the estate.
The gate itself is a dragon.
I found another beautiful lamp post.
We passed this red and gold sculpture.
Lunch at El Corte Ingles
We rode the blue line all the way back to the Placa Cataluyna where we went into the El Corte Ingles department store. Sister T. had read about the meals at the cafeteria.
We figured out how to get to the 9th floor for the cafeteria which has stunning views of the plaza and nearby buildings. The experience was amazing too.
They have trolleys which hold up to 3 trays of food.
I got soup (cream of seafood)…
And a potato and ham tortilla (quiche is the closest thing to it) with a Diet Coke. My bill was less than 14 euros.
Sister T. Had a roast beef and cheddar cheese sandwich, a raspberry tart and a Fanta soda.
We didn’t find a window seat but enjoyed the view and I was bold enough to stand between tables and get a few shots.
Afterwards, we shopped in the store where I found a knit cap which was needed to keep my ears and head warm.
We then walked across the plaza where I found some interesting sights. The sculpture below is depicting labor.
This is a monument to an early Catalan President, Francesc Macia.
We then got on the red line to complete the route and end up back at our hotel eventually. We passed the venetian towers.
These were designed as the entrance to the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition. We then passed the Font dels Tres Mars (Fountain of the three seas).
This monument also dates from 1929. As you can see it is in front of what was originally a bullfighting arena and is now transformed into a shopping center. The Palau Nacional was also built for the 1929 exposition.
Today it houses the National Art Museum of Catalonia.
Unfortunately I can’t remember what building has this interesting turret.
We passed the cruise ships in port today. We’ll be there in a couple of days!
Continuing towards the old Port we come upon the La Gamba sculpture; otherwise known as Mariscal’s Prawn or the funky lobster.
The Head of Barcelona sculpture was created for the 1992 Summer Olympics hosted in the city. (We did pass the Olympic stadium on this route but I didn’t get good pictures.)
Here’s another site I couldn’t remember the name or details but it was by the old port.
Eventually we made it back to the original stop we started our day off and got off.
Dinner at Mr. Robinson
We got back to our room about 4:30 and rested/napped until 7:30 when we decided to head out for dinner.
I had found good reviews of a nearby restaurant online before leaving and we walked to it. It is called Mr. Robinson and the theme is food and drinks from around the world. For rinks, we had Moscow mule (me)….
and the smallest low sugar Pepsi I’ve ever ween (Sister T.).
We then ordered dinner. I had the philly cheese steak (which was far better than any one I ever had) with a side of fries.
Sister T had the club sandwich (minus egg) and a side of green salad.
We were both very happy without meals and it became very busy when we left right before the live music started at 9 pm.
It was a short walk back to our room where I caught up on my journal, we watched CNN before turning in for the night. We have another day of touring tomorrow!
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