September 29, 2017 El Masnou, Spain
7.7 miles (12.39 km)
When I was planning this trip I wanted to have some Camino walking, but also the opportunity to see some places that I hadn’t had the opportunity to see.
So I walked part of the Camino Ingles and I’ve walked part of the Camino Finisterre. Some unfinished business that I’ll have to take care of eventually.
I really wanted to see Sevilla and Córdoba. Also I wanted to see Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona.
30 years ago I lived in Girona, which is a bit north if here. I don’t know what I was thinking, I went to most of the beach towns on the Costa Brava, but only went twice to Barcelona and never visited this church.
Upper right hand corner of the map. The Costa Brava is the area from Girona to the french border
So here are some of the things that I saw today!
First I needed to get from my hotel in El Nasnou to Barcelona.
People hanging the Catalan flag from their balconies
I can see the beach on the other side of the station!
The train station where I got off; there’s also a metro connection there too
This was my train
A “breadcrumb” to help me remember how to get back
Some great looking desserts
Cured ham is a big thing here.
A pedestrian only walk Way
Lots of fruit stores here
A good example of one of the pavement design here.
At last! Sagrada Familia!
I never dreamt that this was a possibility! Fortunately there were tickets for tomorrow afternoon. I bought one and the audio guide. I really like these guides since they give so much really good information.
So…….what now? I basically wandered around the city! I also got a 2 Day Barcelona card which helps with discounts and pays for public transportation. Here are some of the things that I saw:
Bike share is everywhere!
I was hungry! Cuban rice and some sort of albóndigas.
Pretty big stitches!
Definitely not MY hotel!
I finally got to the Plaza de Cataluña!
I’m not sure why this kid was sitting amongst the pigeons but…….
By this time I was tired so decided to pop into……
I’d seen a couple of these in Sevilla also; in addition I’d seen several fast food places, but had avoided them. This was ok, I didn’t order my normal drink though. 😉😇😉😇 (those who have had coffee with me will understand the joke).
By this time I was getting tired and my legs and feet were complaining. I’d been walking for awhile with the only long stop at lunch and then for coffee.
So, I used my pass (see above) and jumped on a bus. This took me down to the harbor to a place called Barceloneta.
Kind of an interesting place that caters to tourists a lot. But the water looks so great! I have to go to the beach!
Too tired tonight! Let’s see what happens tomorrow. Time to make the trip back to the hotel before dark!
Not a great picture; but this is the Metro map. There are lots of signs too so I think that I have it figured out!
Good night! Tomorrow, my last full day in Barcelona!