Raj: It was hard to pick a blog photo - Sagrada Família (the life and continuing work of Antoni Gaudi's large and nothing like you've ever seen Roman Catholic Church) or Barcelona Football Stadium (the largest and most famous soccer stadium in Europe). Gaudi won as the kids will blog about BFS tomorrow. Both sights were spectacular and worth the effort to see over two long and very hot days (the heat bringing back memories of Asia). The open tour audio guided hop-on hop-off bus was definitely the best way to get around the city, catering for the large number of tourists over summer, including the 9,000 that arrived by cruise ship today (kicking off the first official day of holiday season). Other highlights included our ticket (which was a very yummy bar of chocolate) to the Museu de la Xocolata (or chocolate museum). Oh and the number of tall,tanned, beautiful women everywhere, some wearing little (or no) clothes! Vikki's eye candy was limited more to large photos of the Barca (as they a known) football team; however she did view a male full frontal as we bussed past one of the beaches!
Now looking forward to a relaxing day by the pool and maybe beach tomorrow, before heading back to France (Nimes) the day after.
Vikki: We are staying at a great camping ground, full of all nationalities and it's nice at the end of the day to get out of Barcelona city and head back there and to the beach. Modesty is certainly lacking here and it doesn't matter age, size or shape, everyone's in bikinis or less, and sun worshipping. The culture is all about family and friends. People are loud and happy, always eating and drinking no matter what time of day or night. It's great just to people watch and take it all in.
Barcelona City is a real eclectic mix. Old Gothic to modern, streets crammed with tourists and plaza's around every corner where the locals kick back, relax, eat and drink. There's art and sculpture of all tastes everywhere and you are constantly on the look out for the weird and wonderful. Gaudi's Parc with his unique creations was fun, and the main port and waterfront area so modern and creative. The open top bus was a good opportunity to tour the City, see the general sites and get from A to B especially as we are back to the hot days. But you can't beat being on the streets, walking through the cobbled streets in amongst it all.