Sunday, May 13, 2007

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3rd Visit: Montjuic (National Park)

U not new Barcelona tour took us up on instead of the 1992 Olympics which took place on Mount Montjuic.
We begin our visit to Placa Espanya. This is a great place where the FIRA (International Fair of Barcelona) which annually hosts 3.5 million visitors. Se was also the "gateway" for the 1992 Olympics symbolized by its two huge columns on each side of the avenue leading to the castle!

We borrow so this avenue with a magnificent view of the Palau Nacional and its many fountains located below and waterfalls.

Here is a picture taken from the two columns from Pla├ža Espanya with fountains which start at the columns and continue along the avenue to the foot of the palace.

The National Palace which hosts today several museums on the Renaissance, Gothic, Baroque, photography ...

After climbing the many stairs leading to the palace, we have a beautiful view of the Placa Espanya. We can even see (at Crane) the former arena of Barcelona which is undergoing renovation to become a great mall. The new arena is located in the heart of the city. I intend to go elsewhere to attend the corrida in Barcelona on June 10th ... I'll give more details at this time.

Every Friday and Saturday evenings there is also a show of his water-light. The large fountain that you see on the pictures above, is driven for 30 minutes with the play of light and classical music, opera. Excellent sight to see and hear.

We continue our tour by exploring the Montjuic hill behind the palace. We see in particular the Olympic Stadium (interior and exterior). From outside it does not seem obvious that this is a football stadium!

We continue climbing the mountain, reaching its climax at the Montjuic Castle. Hence we have a 360 ° view of the city of Barcelona. On one side the city center and inland to Mount Tibidabo and another side beaches and sea

That ended our visit. After nearly three hours while walking uphill, as it is returned to rest because it is the weekend which means that tonight is out in bars .... then surely discoteca!


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