After our stroll down La Rambla on our second day in Barcelona we hopped on the hop on / hop off sightseeing bus to continue our sightseeing tour of Barcelona (see here for my posting on our Blue Route tour). We got on the Red Route bus across from the Columbus Monument and explored the city’s waterfront and Olympic Port areas before heading back to Placa de Catalunya through the Barri Gotic district.
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An example of the modernisme architecture we encountered on our Barcelona waterfront tour.
Barcelona’s colorful Marina where you will find the maremagnum shopping center and the Barcelona aquarium.
Pla de Palau view.
One of two skyscrapers in the Port Olympic area.
The Royal Palace from Via Laietana.
A glimpse of the Barcelona Cathedral on the drive up Via Laietana.
From Placa de Catalunya we followed the Blue Route up Passeig de Gracia until we got to Avinguda Diagonal. The Blue Route then turns east to La Sagrada Familia while the Red Route turns west toward the Placa d’Espanya, Estacio de Sants and Montjuic areas of the city.
Casa Lleo Morera on Passeig de Gracia (south corner of Block of Discord).
This building is a block past the Block of Discord.
Gaudi’s Casa Mila, also on Passeig de Gracia.
An example of the more modern architecture on Avinguda Diagonal.
Estacio de Sants is Barcelona’s main railway station.
Behind the station.
Joan Miro’s “Woman and Bird” in the park dedicated to him.
Monument in the middle of Placa d’Espanya.
Barcelona Meeting Place is an international real estate exhibition that is held in October at the Fira de Barcelona on the Place d’Espanya.
This famous bullring on the Placa d’Espanya is now a shopping center.
The Venetian Towers at the Placa d’Espanya.
The Magic Fountain, Four Columns and Palau Nacional, now MNAC (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya) above the Placa d’Espanya.
Josep Puig i Catafalch built this textile factory for industrialist Casimer Casaramona in 1911. It is now a cultural institution called CaixaForum.
Montjuic Hill dominates the western portion of Barcelona. The place was built up for the 1929 World’s Fair and again for the 1992 Olympics. The castle on top of Montjuic served as a prison during and after the Spanish Civil War and Carlos Ruiz Zafon described the horrors of this prison quite vividly in The Prisoner of Heaven, the third book in his series called The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.
This communications tower on Montjuic is also a sun dial.
Barcelona’s Olympic Stadium was originally built for the 1929 World’s Fair.
The museum of the 1992 Olympics.
Fundacio Joan Miro on Montjuic.
Harbor view from Montjuic. That’s the Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria in the background.
One of the Telefeic de Montjuic towers whose cable cars connect Barcelona’s waterfront to the top of Montjuic — built for the 1992 Olympics. Barcelona’s World Trade Center is in the background.
Roy Lichtenstein’s El Cap de Barcelona was built by Diego Delgado for the 1992 Olympics.
Back to the pigeons of Placa de Catalunya and the end of our bus tour.
On our Day Three in Barcelona we explored the Barri Gotic district and visited the Barcelona Cathedral. That will be the subject of my next posting.