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After I had checked-in at the apartment, I was supposed to register at the tourist information office and collect my documents. It was quite a walk. And as I decided not to go back to my apartment immediately, I ended up going to bed way past midnight. That’s because I couldn’t stop wondering what would be around that next corner and I couldn’t stop taking pictures. So here we go…


Cafe de l’Opera de Bacelona – La Rambla 74


Casa Batlló (which is by the way not included in the program – I wonder why not!?) – Passeig de Gràcia 43


Benches with street lanterns (32 in total) along the Passeig de Gracia, designed by Pere Falqués i Urpi in 1906 (I just love these!)


Molly’s Fair City (Irish Pub) – Ferran 7


The Grill Room – Escudellers 8


Ruta del Modernisme (Art Nouveau Walk) – At the Tourist Information Office, you can get a free map of Barcelona with all Modernisme buildings on it. And the nice thing about this walk is that there are tiles in the pavement helping you find your way (which I find rather great since I can’t seem to find my way in Barcelona at all…)


I ended my first day at the Casa Milá, or as they call it here ‘La Pedrera’ (which means the Quarry). More pictures of La Pedrera will follow shortly as the congress is being organized in this building.

La Pedrera - Casa Milá

La Pedrera – Casa Milá

In short… it was sunny, temperatures were around 28 degrees Celsius, and I took no less than 165 pictures. Not a bad score for a first day, isn’t it?

Let me know what you think of Barcelona so far; or tell me where to go.

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Walking Routes: Passeig de Gracia

cover page 2016 gaudi calendar

After this trip I have produced a 2018 Calendar with some of my photo’s of Gaudí’s beautiful architecture. You can see, and order my calendar when you click here.