Park Guell, well, I took an unbelievable amount of photos in here but for now let me just give you a peek at the outside while I’m still sorting through the others.
The gatekeeper’s houses on either side of the main front entrance made me think of gingerbread houses topped with icing. I still can’t quite believe “Gaudi” was actually given permission to build such way-out buildings and have started to wonder what sort of thing I would build if I was given the chance. Quite possibly something a little similar, I’m enjoying the mosaic patchwork effect, but I think I would probably include a few more straight lines, I do like straight lines.
Watch out for the yellow and black taxi in the next picture ? Those little “Wasps” got everywhere.
If you’re venturing out to Park Guell, there are two metro stops near by. Now here we consulted Hubby’s pre-holiday purchase, his lonely planet book, and it suggested we arrive at the Vallcara metro stop, walk through the park, and then return via the lesseps stop. The reason for this is that Park Guell is on the top of a hill, a hill with a brilliant view, but a very high hill. The walk to the top of the hill from the Vallcara metro stop is “eased” as they put it, by escalators.
However, there is still a lot of walking in between the escalators so be warned that if you’re not up to the climb, then it’s probably best to get a taxi from one of the metro stops, I’m sure one of those will buzz you up to the top in no time.
At the top of the final escalator we were greeted by this sign. Quite a good hustle I thought, nicely put but we’d been pre-warned by Hubby’s little book and had brought our picnic with us, however, even though the food available at the eatery in the park was obvously sold at tourist prices, there were plenty of bottles of ice cold water on sale from street vendors, who entertainingly were playing cat and mouse with the police on patrol inside. I guess they didn’t have licences to pedal their wares.
More from before : Basking in “Barcelona“, June 2014.