celebrating barca’s 6th title

We started the day with a walk to Barcelona port. Barcelona has a really huge port. You can see all types of sea transportations from yachts to cruise liners to container ships. I noticed a pretty big cruise ship just docked, we came across quite a lot of its passengers walking towards La Rambla. We also passed by several interesting spots along the way.

This is Monument a Colom @ Monumento a Colón @ Columbus Monument. Look, there’s a plane passing by!

Maremagnum’s wooden bridge.

Beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

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!

This is how the cable car looks like.

This is how it hangs to the cable. Have you enough guts to go for it?

View of the city from the cable car.

On the mountain top resides Castell de Montjuïc @ Montjuïc Castle, an old military fortress. Beautiful old building. Fantastic view.

Some crazy courageous Chinese bridal models doing photo shoots on the top of the castle’s entrance.

Can you see how high it is? I guess these people had death wish! No, they didn’t wear any harness whatsoever!

A pretty princess hiding in the tower ;-)


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.

Palau Nacional, which houses Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya @ National Art Museum of Catalonia.

Puerta de Avila, entrance to Poble Espanyol. I actually wanted to go inside, but changed my mind after noticing the exorbitant entrance fee.

CaixaForum,an art centre.

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.

Casa Batlló, Gaudí's work of art.

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!

Happy faces!

Fireworks lit, flags flying.

Things got a bit out of control so the police had to barge in ;-)

Here are a couple of videos of the celebration.

Visca Barça!

We are the best club in the world!


Erin said...

suke tgk casa batllo tu...very unique! barcelona mmg famous for buildings dia kan..cantik!

dieya said...

betul! the architectures there are simply gorgeous. kalau org yg suka ambik gambar mmg bleh jadi giler laa snap pix everywhere!