May 1, 2006 at 7:01 pm 1 comment

Wow, quite the weekend. On Saturday we went to the beach. We were there before 11:00 in the morning and left at 1:00. Neither Alex nor I can handle just laying around on a beach for hours at a time. Besides, the sun was too hot for our liking. We went home and did the neighborhood exploration thing. There’s just so much to discover and too much to remember. That night, we went out for supper in an area called Gracia, an area just north of us. There is a street called Verdi, which has a few Lebanese restaurants and loads of character that I cannot capture in a photo. I took one photo through a shop window. I kind of like it.

Reflections of a Doll

We had way too much sun so both of us were kind of out of it. Our walk home was slow and meandering and as usual, we discovered some more interesting areas to go back to some other time.
Sunday morning we decided to go to Montjuic. That’s where the Olympic stadium is and other interesting sites. We just wandered around and the first place we ended up was in the Botanical gardens. We lucked out because it just so happens that entrance is free on the last Sunday of every month. The theme throughout the garden is Mediterranean eco systems. There were flora and fauna (I’ve always wanted to say that) from all areas of the world that fall into that category. Surprisingly, California, South Africa, Australia and Chile were some of them. Here are a few flower pics………

Flowers

Flowers

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Alex really wanted to see the castle on the seaside of the mountain so we trekked over and up to the site. It was quite impressive and the arms in the museum were very impressive. There were artifacts that dated back to roman times and the evolution of weapons was quite informative. Not many pics from there but here’s one that shows the viewView from Montjuic

After crawling around the castle we headed back to where we could catch the bus home. Alex really wanted to see the diving pool. She wanted to see the view from the boards with the Sagrada Familia church way in the distance. We went over to the stadium and walked around there, found the swimming pools but not the diving pools. The stadium and grounds were gorgeous and the Olympic flame tower were really impressive as you can see by the photos.

Monday, we went to the airport to meet Pearl and Al. It’s such an easy trip there and from our kitchen to the airport took less than an hour (by subway and bus). It was a blast seeing them come through the arrivals gate. They looked in top shape even though they had been traveling all night and half the morning. We brought them to the train station so they could continue to their final destination. By the time there train left, Al was starting to fade. Pearl gave me some new music for the guitar and then surprised me with a song that Perry, Barbara and Patricia (from my old guitar class in Toronto) wrote. I was really touched, they even had produced a video, I just want to thank the entire class and William for a great gift. You guys are welcome here anytime.

Ok, time to post this, I’ve been dragging my feet for too long, besides, I have homework to do.

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  • 1. guerson  |  May 4, 2006 at 8:03 am

    Sorry to spoil it dear… but you took some poetic license. Just in case people show up in the Barcelona Botanical Gardens looking for koala bears and llamas, there was no fauna, only flora 😉

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