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Why I loved Barcelona – The Parks

Ever since Versailles and Kew Gardens, I had a thing for neat and designed gardens. I love wondering around in parks for hours, sitting on the grass chilling. It is something I got into while living in England, no one really does it in Hungary. It suits me though, even in big cities I look for a green oasis.  Parc de la Ciutadella (completely free) was very impressive, although I remember my makeup melting off in the extreme heat. The beach would have been a more ideal choice in 35 degrees, but we had been the day before and it was total herring effect. Greg however loves super hot climates so he was a happy bunny anyway.

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I like how the dragons and the gold detail makes it fancy and symmetrical. Did they do something with the water to make it bright green?

Maybe they are controlling moss and algae content?

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Barcelona Zoo is on the other side of the park and the Catalan Parliament is on the way if you decide to walk there.

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 Rowing was fun, we were trying to avoid crashing into big packs of Spanish girls! Needless to say I am useless at it, even after living in Cambridge for years (punting is a big thing there). 30 minutes of rowing cost us €6 (for two people).

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Park Güell is completely different from anything I’ve seen before. Totally unique. We walked around the backs and the free area, then realised there is an entry fee to see the rest. We didn’t book in advance, but they had free slots in 2 hours time, so we bought the tickets and went to grab something to eat (we hired a scooter for that day so it was easy to move around). Tickets are €7 according to the website per person for a general entry, without a guide (I think we paid €8, it might be pricier on the spot). Park Güell is a place where you can spend 2-3 hours walking around easily.

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The Pavilion at the entrance

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The dragons make an appearance again! Just like the fountain at Parc de la Ciutadella

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Eusebi Güell, a Catalan enterpreneur had noticed Gaudí way before commissioning him to design Park Güell, around 1878. 22 years later, in 1900, he decided to purchase a piece of land in the 5th district of Barcelona, the hilly La Salut neighbourhood. His vision was to build a luxurious residential area exclusively for the rich – based on Gaudí’s designs. After completing 2 houses, no buyers were interested in the properties, so the project failed. Gaudí eventually bought one of them and lived in the house from 1906 to 1926. Today, it is the Gaudí House Museum.

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The serpentine benches

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In 1926, Güell eventually made the decision to make the park public, and that is how it functions to this day.

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Imitating bird nests

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The columns of Sala Hipóstila

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The footpath under the viaduct

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