13.04.2007 16 °C
¡Hola! from Bacelona - drizzle capital of Spain.
It is the end of our third day here. The first doesnt really count because we spent most of it travelling from Florence via Milan.
Yesterday we ventured out to see the Temple of the Sagrada Familia. This is the enormous church commenced in the 1890s and still quite unfinished. The towers at each end were finished 110 years ago but the central church bit is what they are working on today. It is unusual to be in a church filled with scaffolding and building noise. The place was designed by Gaudi who was very original, so this place is similar yet very different from any church you will ever see. The towers are topped by mosaics. You can see them in the following picture which we took from the top of a tower very very high above the ground.
Today we went to the Barcelona Cathedral which is much more along classic church lines. With all of these church visits Vicky is okay with all of her sins, but Graeme needs to go to many many more churches to be absolved from all of his. We also walked through all the skinny little lanes and corridors of the old city. If you have seen the movie "The Spanish Apartment" you will know exactly what we have seen. We went to the Museu Picasso which displays 3000 pictures from his earliest to last works. We also walked around the harbour area.
The food is great - cheap and interesting. We had a typical lunch today - Graeme a chunk of roasted boar clavicle and Vicky meatballs with peas - which could also have come from a boar. (not the peas) Because we have an apartment we have been shopping to stock up our fridge. Beer and wine are incredibly cheap €2 - thats about $3.40 - for a six pack of 220 ml bottles of beer and wine starting at about €1.50. We can´t remember what else we bought - except for the olives and chips we bought to have with the drinks! We are about to go to dinner at the little restaurant at the bottom of our apartment block where you can buy a very good steak for €8.80. After Italy where the same thing would have cost €18 this is a real blast.