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Soft gel viagra Ahh Barcelona… where do I begin.

Soft gel viagra Barcelona was above and beyond my expectation. Soft gel viagra So much, soft gel viagra in fact, soft gel viagra that it ended up being my favorite city of the entire trip. To be honest prior to this trip my knowledge of Europe was close to none – I had no idea what to expect, soft gel viagra especially in Spain. Soft gel viagra After living in SoCal for 10 years I tend to associate Spain with our neighbor Mexico simply because both countries speak similar language, soft gel viagra but I’ve found out that they are completely different!

Day 4 – November 1, soft gel viagra 2011

Soft gel viagra It could be that my expectation of Barcelona were set low. Soft gel viagra When I told friends Barcelona is one of the cities we were planning to visit, soft gel viagra everyone immediately gave me tips on how to not get robbed.

Soft gel viagra On top of that we didn’t exactly get a good start in Barcelona. Soft gel viagra We took an airport bus to the city then dragged our luggage for 20 minutes to our hostel which completely drained all energy from us after an early flight, soft gel viagra AND Spanair managed to break my luggage so I was dragging it on one wheel. Soft gel viagra Then when we finally got to the hostel the first thing we did was sit down and be briefed about all the scary bizarre tricks people use to mug tourists. Soft gel viagra Some involved pretending to be a cop asking for your ID then they’d snatch your wallet and run with it, soft gel viagra which prompted us to look at all police officers we see on the street suspiciously for the next two days.

Soft gel viagra And… it didn’t stop there. Soft gel viagra We happened to arrive on one of their big national holiday, soft gel viagra Día de todos los Santos (All Saint’s Day). Soft gel viagra So basically Barcelona looked like America on Thanksgiving day – all of the retail stores were closed and tourist destinations were only open for limited hours :( But thankfully, soft gel viagra we were again blessed with a very nice and helpful staff at the hostel. Soft gel viagra Not only did they warn us about Barcelona trickeries, soft gel viagra they also gave us a brief overlook of what to do and visit in the city and even lent us a map marked with all the major attractions and good places to eat! The hostel we stayed at was Central Garden Hostel One which I would again highly recommend because we had such a comfortable stay there.

Soft gel viagra So after briefly resting up following our intense morning cardio (of dragging around luggages), soft gel viagra we walked up Barcelona’s major street Passeig de Gràcia to experience our first Gaudi creation, soft gel viagra Casa Batlló.

Soft gel viagra Passeig de Gràcia

Soft gel viagra Beautiful Passeig de Gràcia. Soft gel viagra Another thing I love about Barcelona is that the streets are so wide and spacious, soft gel viagra and each street and block was perfectly arranged.

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Soft gel viagra See this amazing shot and you’ll see what I mean.

Soft gel viagra I think, soft gel viagra it makes Barcelona both very easy and hard to navigate. Soft gel viagra Easy because with the uniform-ness you can easily gauge the distance from one main street to another, soft gel viagra but hard because during night time when buildings aren’t so easy to recognize each block may start to look the same after you’ve walked down a few of them and may not be able to retrace your steps back. Soft gel viagra If you have a map in hand this shouldn’t be a problem though!

Soft gel viagra A large portion of Barcelona is about Gaudi, soft gel viagra Gaudi and Gaudi. Soft gel viagra Now, soft gel viagra if you were as ignorant and uncultured as me, soft gel viagra you would have no idea who Antoni Gaudi is. Soft gel viagra He was, soft gel viagra apparently, soft gel viagra a famous Spanish architect with a distinct style and extreme consideration for fine details. Soft gel viagra He was said to be greatly influenced by nature and religion, soft gel viagra and this was evident on all of his works I saw.

Soft gel viagra Casa Battlo

Soft gel viagra Casa Batlló was originally a plain ol’ building until Gaudi got his hands on it and transformed it into a beautiful, soft gel viagra whimsical piece of art. Soft gel viagra It immediately reminded me of a lot of Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli, soft gel viagra in that “otherworldy” fairy tale feel. Soft gel viagra But of course Gaudi comes first so I would not be surprised if the latter was inspired by the former.

Soft gel viagra Casa Battlo

Soft gel viagra A void in the middle of the building. Soft gel viagra This whole building was peppered with marine/ocean elements all over. Soft gel viagra If you were taking the elevator up/down the building, soft gel viagra Gaudi has also installed textured glass windows which is said to be simulating the feeling of ascending/descending into the water. Soft gel viagra There were many great well-thought-out details all over the house, soft gel viagra starting from the ergonomic curve of each door and window handles, soft gel viagra right down to the blue wall tiles on this very void which are gradually darker as you go up, soft gel viagra because the top part gets more sunlight during the day and will appear lighter and uniform to the darker tiles on the bottom.

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Soft gel viagra My favorite part of the house is this room, soft gel viagra which i’ve dubbed the ‘rib cage room’ because it resembles a sort of bone structure of an animal. Soft gel viagra If you look at the facade of Casa Battlo, soft gel viagra you would notice that the roof of the facade resembles dragon scales. Soft gel viagra Many of the rooms in the house will make you feel like you’re inside the animal, soft gel viagra one of them being the rib case room.

Soft gel viagra A bit north of this is another one of Gaudi’s creation, soft gel viagra Casa Milà / La Pedrera.

Soft gel viagra Casa Milà

Soft gel viagra In the sea of perfectly straight and similar buildings, soft gel viagra La Pedrera stood out with its undulating facade and unconventional roof top decorations. Soft gel viagra We were only allowed to access the roof area and one of the apartments.

Soft gel viagra Casa Milà

Soft gel viagra An organic-shaped gate frame, soft gel viagra another example of Gaudi’s nature-inspired style.

Soft gel viagra Casa Milà

Soft gel viagra Rooftop decor of La Pedrera. Soft gel viagra Was said to be the inspiration for the design of Star Wars Stormtrooper.

Soft gel viagra Casa Milà

Soft gel viagra The weather was perfect, soft gel viagra so we spent some time on the rooftop watching sunset.

Soft gel viagra Casa Milà

Soft gel viagra After this we took the bus down to Plaza de Catalunya…

Soft gel viagra Plaza de Catalunya

Soft gel viagra and headed further down south to La Rambla.

Soft gel viagra La Rambla

Soft gel viagra La Rambla is perhaps the equivalent of third street promenade in West LA. Soft gel viagra It’s a long strip with stores on the left and right (mostly closed that day though), soft gel viagra eventually leading to the beach. Soft gel viagra We walked and shopped all the way from Plaza Catalunya till the end of La Rambla and our feet almost fell off by the end of it.

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Soft gel viagra Colombus Monument. Soft gel viagra Looks small on this pic, soft gel viagra but it was quite tall!

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Soft gel viagra and finally we reached the pier!! crossed the bridge and had more tapas for dinner..

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Soft gel viagra Another thing about Spain, soft gel viagra when in a restaurant the cost of your meals varies depending on where you sit. Soft gel viagra Generally if you sit on the terrace it would cost you more than sitting inside the restaurant. Soft gel viagra Sitting on the bar may also cost you less than sitting in restaurant / terrace.

Soft gel viagra After dinner we walked around the area more and somehow got ourselves walking into a dark quiet alley, soft gel viagra which results in paranoid power walks because of the scary criminal stories we’ve heard about Barcelona. Soft gel viagra We weren’t about to get robbed in a foreign country!

Soft gel viagra Thankfully we found our way to the metro and back home safely, soft gel viagra and braced for a full day ahead since we were trying to make up for the lost time today due to the holiday…

Day 5 – November 2, soft gel viagra 2011

Soft gel viagra We finally got to see the city in its regular state. Soft gel viagra Barcelona is lively, soft gel viagra yet not overly crowded. Soft gel viagra Their metro is equally extensive as Madrid, soft gel viagra and feels more modern and cleaner.

Soft gel viagra Today we set out of our hostel and took Bus 24 up north to yet another Gaudi place, soft gel viagra Parc Güell. Soft gel viagra Located up in the mountains, soft gel viagra this place was originally built as a private housing complex but was a failed project with only two of the houses were sold. Soft gel viagra The complex became a public monument instead in 1969. Soft gel viagra All fine by me!

Soft gel viagra Parc Güell

Soft gel viagra Parc Guell involves hiking. Soft gel viagra lots and lots of it.

Soft gel viagra Parc Güell

Soft gel viagra Parc Güell

Soft gel viagra but it’s so worth it because once at the top you’re greeted with a beautiful view of Barcelona from above!

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Soft gel viagra Cake house! likely to be inspired by Hansel & Gretel?

Soft gel viagra We descended down the mountain once again to our main destination of the day – La Sagrada Família church. Soft gel viagra We’ve seen amazing pictures of the place and just could NOT wait to get there! So we took the bus down (I think it was number 93, soft gel viagra you take it from the same bus station that Bus 24 dropped you off at), soft gel viagra and then the metro down to where the church is.

Soft gel viagra Upon exiting the metro station (took the stairs up from underground) I exclaimed tiredly “Okay, soft gel viagra now where is this thing??” then turned around, soft gel viagra and my jaw dropped.

Soft gel viagra Sagrada Família

Soft gel viagra There it was, soft gel viagra the grand, soft gel viagra breathtaking Sagrada Família. Soft gel viagra No pictures we’ve seen thus far did justice or prepared us to the magnificence of this piece of art. Soft gel viagra The details on this church are just indescribable. Soft gel viagra It’s really not surprising that it has been a work in progress since 1883, soft gel viagra and they’re still continuing to build even today!

Soft gel viagra Sagrada Família

Soft gel viagra When we got inside, soft gel viagra Serena and I were just at loss for words. Soft gel viagra Absolutely beautiful and it ruined all the other churches we visited afterwards because none of them came even close to Sagrada Família.

Soft gel viagra Sagrada Família

Soft gel viagra The tall pillars throughout the inside of the church resembles a forest, soft gel viagra and you can see near the ceiling that the pillars started branching out.. Soft gel viagra like trees!

Soft gel viagra Sagrada Família

Soft gel viagra We also bought a lift ticket to go up one of the towers, soft gel viagra so we had to wait for our turn.

Soft gel viagra Sagrada Família

Soft gel viagra The tower is really tall, soft gel viagra I think if I remember correctly about 65m tall. Soft gel viagra This gives us a closer look of Barcelona from above than Parc Guell.

Soft gel viagra Sagrada Família

Soft gel viagra Sagrada Família

Soft gel viagra We didn’t want to wait for the lift to descend down, soft gel viagra so we took the stairs instead. Soft gel viagra It wasn’t so bad except for the part with the tight spiral staircase which can make you feel dizzy after awhile…

Soft gel viagra Sagrada Família

Soft gel viagra After successfully descending Sagrada Família, soft gel viagra we headed down to the gothic quarter of Barcelona

Soft gel viagra Gothic Quarter

Soft gel viagra Gothic Quarter

Soft gel viagra Had quick bites at a place called Taller de Tapas, soft gel viagra which serves some of the best croquettas I’ve had so far in Spain!

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Soft gel viagra Our hostel happened to have Flamenco nights on wednesdays, soft gel viagra so we were able to squeezed in a bit of Flamenco that night. Soft gel viagra you haven’t been in Spain if you didn’t watch Flamenco. Soft gel viagra We only paid €6 for ours which was good because we almost paid €30 for it in Madrid!!

Soft gel viagra Flamenco

Soft gel viagra The show lasted about an hour and I was pretty impressed by the stamina of these girls! as well as the main singer. Soft gel viagra I don’t know how they can keep up such show for the whole hour!

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Soft gel viagra Then serena and I took the metro once again to have dinner at Cal Boter for some authentic catalan cuisine, soft gel viagra which was just amazing! :D Read my whole review of the place here.

Soft gel viagra And that concludes our last night in Spain. Soft gel viagra We fly out to Rome the next day at 11am.

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