A group of old people singing Christmas carol on the street.
Then we headed to Montjuïc. The initial idea was to take the Transbordador Aeri del Port from the port all the way to the mountain, but when we got to the station we found out that it was closed for holidays till January! So we took the metro to Paral·lel and a funicular to the foot of Montjuïc. Then we took the Telefèric de Montjuïc (cable car) to the top.
Since we got there early, we had the entire car to ourselves. It was a really fun ride. But if you're scared of heights or have motion sickness, you may want to skip it. The cable cars have transparent walls and the cars swing side to side along the way. For those who enjoy the thrill, let me tell you the view is amazing!
On the mountain top resides Castell de Montjuïc @ Montjuïc Castle, an old military fortress. Beautiful old building. Fantastic view.
Can you see how high it is? I guess these people had death wish! No, they didn’t wear any harness whatsoever!
We then took the cable car downhill to Parc de Montjuïc station where the Olympic stadium is located. This time around we had to share the car with a group of three other tourists, hence no photo taken. It’s the same view anyway.
Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys - the home of 1992 Summer Olympics. This was where the Olympic flame was lit up by an archer. I was only 11 when it happened, but I remember the moment to this day. I so feel like singing Amigos Para Siempre!
The stadium is undergoing restoration in preparation for 20th European Athletics Championships in 2010.
Walking downhill wasn’t that bad. There are 2 really huge (or high? or tall?) outdoor escalators to bring you to street level.
Puerta de Avila, entrance to Poble Espanyol. I actually wanted to go inside, but changed my mind after noticing the exorbitant entrance fee.
A huge statue in Plaça d'Espanya.
We then went to Casa Batlló and Casa Milà @ La Pedrera, two of Barcelona's famous landmarks. The entrance fees were crazy expensive as well (more than EUR 10), so once again I decided not to go in.
Another Gaudí's work - Casa Milà @ La Pedrera.
We went back to the hotel and watched FC Barcelona vs. Estudiantes fighting for FIFA Club World Cup. It was a nailbiting game! I almost lost hope until Pedro headed the equalizing goal. When Messi scored the winning goal (with his chest!) it was the greatest moment of my life as a Barca fan. FC Barcelona - the no. 1 club in the world!
Immediately after the game ended the local tv news featured fans celebrating the win. I noticed it was actually on La Rambla, the road on which we were staying! So we went downstairs to join the celebration. It was fantastic!
Things got a bit out of control so the police had to barge in ;-)
Here are a couple of videos of the celebration.