Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
L'Aquarium Barcelona was a fabulous afternoon for the family - there was something interesting for everyone. The highlight of our visit was gliding along the automatic footpath that wound it's way under the huge fish tank ... we could see all manner of sea life all around us. I just love love love "Jaws" - so the sharks were especially interesting to me.
Joe, Marie, Flower - outside the Aquarium
Marie, Flower, Joe
Joe, Flower, Marie, John - on the moving pathway under the shark/fish tank
We stopped by the Olympic Stadium (Summer Games - 1992). The hilltop where the games were held offers a breathtaking view of the city.
Marie, John, Joe, Flower - Olympic Stadium
One of my favorite stops was the Museu Picasso. I hadn't realized how much work he accomplished, but there was plenty of his art in this museum to appreciate. Having the kids with us to view these masterpieces was well worth making the trip.
During one of our many walkabouts (favorite quote from Joe at the end of a long day "arch supports baby, arch supports"), we came across an open air market offering every type of food possible - meat: fresh, smoked, dried; fruit: fresh, candied, preserved; etc. The colors and scents were amazing. Talk about spectacular!
Since we were taking the overnight train to Milano, Italy (separate post for that later) for the second leg of this trip, we enjoyed another full day of Barcelona prior to leaving. The Zoo de Barcelona is located on a huge piece of land in the middle of the city - it is a great zoo. Interestingly, the fees for the zoo were the highest fees for admission we paid at any site we visited in the city, but worth it. Then again, I love the zoo - and I grew up spoiled on the exquisite St. Louis Zoo (free admission for all.)
Flower, Marie, Joe - Rhino in background (looks like a rock)
John:elephant, Joe:tiger, Marie:monkey, Flower:camel