Valencia & Barelona
11.09.2010 - 14.09.2010 32 °C
Valencia, days 12-14
Valencia is a beautiful city with fantastic beaches and really interesting modern buildings. The America’s cup village was a bit of a disappointment compared to Auckland, but it was worth seeing nonetheless. The buildings of the Oceanografic and the Hemispheric are really spectacular, and look almost as though they belong out in space. Otherwise there’s not loads to say about Valencia, lovely city but not particularly interesting.
Barcelona, days 15-17
Big wow!!!! Barcelona is wonderful! It has the most outrageous archictecture thanks to the visionary Antony Gaudi, a pioneer of the “Modernista” style. There are a few of his apartment blocks that are so surreal, they look like they came straight out of a Dali painting, and the Sagrada Familia absolutely defies the imagination. It has to be the most spectacular building we’ve ever seen, and the brain struggles to accept that it is real. They have been building it for nearly 100 years, and still have another 100 years till it’s complete. Mindblowing. The rest of Barcelona is equally fascinating, it has a spectacular waterfront with tons of shops, cinemas, restaurants and cafes. This, and the stunning beaches, are due to the ridiculous amounts of money they invested in it during the Olympic Games in 1992, revitalising the waterfront. It also has a vast shopping area, the large and touristy La Rambla, and the Barri Gotic. In between are all these little alleys where you can find real treasures. We spent ages looking for a particular t-shirt, and got into many arguments (negotiations) with vendors who try desperately to rip you off.
We decided to treat ourselves to a proper Spanish meal and set about trying to find a good place. We found this very cheesy looking place with a very cheap menu (made us wonder a bit...) about 13 Euro for 3 courses plus drinks and bread. It was sooooooo delicious! We had seafood Paella, which was amazing ( and silver served) and Stu had Calamari, while I had grilled prawns. This was followed by Ice cream & Creme Brulee (or Creme Catalana as the Spanish call it) All in all Barcelona was a fantastic way to end Spain, and we would recommend it to anyone looking for a city that has everything. We can’t wait to come back and spend longer there.