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Taking the Hop On/Hop Off tour in Barcelona Part 2

This is part two of my post on my Hop On/ Hop Off tour in Barcelona. If you want to read part 1, you may do so here. Anyway, when I bought the tour I bought the option for two days. Thus, I kept my brochure, earphones and ticket to reuse on my second day.

  On the second day, I did the same as yesterday getting on the tour from the La Pedrera stop. However instead of taking the West route, I took the East route. Both routes are the same for the first two stops which are Plaza Cataluna and the Bario Gotic.

  I remember my siblings telling me to check out the beach because it was nice but since it was cold, there really wasn't anyone on the beach.


What I was able to do was walk a bit from one of the stops to the Catedral de Santa del Mar. This church is another example of Gothic architecture like the Gothic Cathedral. I also found it quite beautiful.



Stained Glass Windows

View of the interior

  I consider myself really lucky to have been able to visit thes…

Taking the Hop On/Hop Off tour in Barcelona Part 1

Since I was going to be going around Barcelona alone, I had to figure out what kind of places I wanted to take. I was asking an office mate for some tips and she suggested that I take the hop on/hop off tour. It was the first time I've encountered this concept being a hick from the third world so I did my research.

Apparently, I could book this tour through Viator and print out the voucher for it to present to the tour bus operator. I took the East to West tour since it sounded more interesting that the North to South route. You present the voucher to the tour guide and she hands you a receipt which you must show to every bus operator whenever you hop on a bus. In case this wasn't clear, there are several buses that ply the route throughout the day. You get to stay at one stop for as long as you want and when you want to go to the next stop, you just wait for the next bus to stop on by. Unlike Manila, the buses only allow passengers on and off at the bus stops.

Ready for my t…

Visit to La Pedrera/ Casa Mila

Ok, I seem to be on a roll here. Time for another blog post for another Gaudi creation: the Casa Mila or La Pedrera. In the olden days, cue 1920's music, great architects were also asked to design the homes of influential families. Wait, that's not much different from now. Anyway, Gaudi designed and built the homes of two significant families, the Mila family and the Batlo family. I only went to one house however and I choose Casa Mila because it was nearer my hotel. This was on the same day that I went to Sagrada Familia so I really didn't want to walk very far.

The ticket cost me around 16 euros which I found a bit expensive. However I was there already so decided to pay up and go in. The line wasn't long at the time so it took all of five minutes before I was able to enter and behold a sort of atrium on my way to the elevator.

Apparently, La Pedrera as a tourist attraction is divided into several areas. There's the roof, the attic which is also the museum of wei…

Visiting the Sagrada Familia

Gosh, my Barcelona posts are way overdue. I guess I was just overwhelmed with the number of pictures I took and places I went. I still feel the urge to just save this post to draft but I must forge on!

If there's one place that I've heard I must visit in Barcelona, it was the Sagrada Familia. This is a church unlike any other because for one thing, it is still being worked on and has been in construction for several decades! Thus, I did my research and heard about the long lines so I made sure that I booked a guided tour in advance so we strolled up to the entrance and went in unlike many who were in the line that snaked around the block.

Ready for our guided tour

If you'll note the picture above, hubby and I were dressed in winter clothing. In fact, I was wearing three layers! It was so cold. So very cold. Even our guide joked that it was cold for the native Catalans as well.

One thing you notice about the Sagrada Familia is that there are a lot of carvings/sculptures on t…