One Hundred Forty One

IMG_4669(1) copyA Year of Yoga: May 22, 2014

Pose: Chair Variation

Location: Parc Guell, Barcelona. Today we decided to take a walk up to Parc Guell, the famous Barcelona, Gaudi-designed park. It sits on a hill offering some lovely views of the city. We had heard from our hosts E and A in Sevilla that the city is now charging for entrance into the park and we wanted to see what the situation was. On the one hand, I was pleased that only parts of the park required a ticket for admission. Much of the park is still accessible for no charge. The disappointing part was that all the Gaudi designed parts of the park now require a €7 ticket for admission and there’s a limited entrance schedule. You cannot just walk up and buy a ticket and go right in. You purchase tickets for a specific time. It seems that Barcelona has a complete monopoly now on Gaudi-designed spaces and if you want to see more than just the exterior from behind a gate on the sidewalk, be prepared to cough up a lot of euros.

We decided to explore the free areas, which are still very beautiful. We got some very lovely views and gorgeous weather. We made our way up to the high point of the park which is a huge cross. There were plenty of tourists and street performers to navigate through, but it was still enjoyable. I don’t know what I expected in such a big city with a huge tourist industry, but somehow I saw Barcelona as less of a tourist trap than somewhere like Paris or Rome. After a couple days though, I’m adjusting my expectations. There are a lot of tourists here. Thankfully the neighborhood we live in is far quieter with more locals and less tourists than a lot of other neighborhoods.

Photography Credit: Brandon

 

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