Hostal Gat Raval
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... wants to be an independent state so the day was used to stage a demonstration for the right to vote on this.
The shops were all shut and Main Street closed and it was reported as the biggest demonstration Europe has seen with over 1 million people...all wearing red and yellow in the city...incredible!!
So the next stage of the journey begins tomorrow as we get down to the nitty gritty. Not sure what the wifi will be like on the way...but watch this space!
... which turned out to be two patties with cheese and nothing else but fries. From there we did a little shopping then made our way back to the hotel and went to the fountain show held in the Plaza de Espanya. This was a sight to see with the fountains dancing to music, lighting up in different colors. The girls were in awe of the sight.
Then it was back to the hotel for more sleep and rest for our next set of adventures! Stay tuned for more to come!
... as only having one day in the city, we wanted to get more of an overall picture. We happily sat taking photos though, and listening to the narration on the headphones which told us lots about it. We already knew the basics - that it was designed and started by Gaudi in 1882 and that it is a world heritage site, despite completion not being planned until 2026. I also knew that the style of a mix of Art Nouveau and Gothic. However, we were interested to learn that ...
... could enter. There is plenty of free space to explore around the park so it wasn't that big of a deal to wait. Park guell is one of the largest architectural works in south Europe. When we entered we would realize how awesome it actually was that only a limited number of people were let in at a time. Everything from the benches, pillars, houses, and fences had mosaic decorations. There are also "caves" where they filmed a shoot for America's Next Top Model once. This was again ...
Europe is way ahead when it comes to recycling. There are large containers along main streets for centralized trash pick-up; color-coded for glass, plastic, organic, etc. Lots of solar. You have to put your key card in a slot when you enter your hotel room to turn on the electricity in the room. The lights are always off when you leave. Everyone smokes. The mass transit systems are efficient, well-used, and run about every 3 minutes! People walk. There ...