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Barcelona in 3 days

Barcelona in 3 days

In the beginning of December weather was warm (15-20 C) and mostly sunny, with occasional rain drops.

In 3 days we walked approximately 52 km around Barcelona. You need good shoes to do that. And nice parks and walkways, promenades doesn't hurt too.

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Sagrada Familia

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Inside it's colourful. The stained glass varies in colour and i can only picture how the colours play during the day and seasons. And if you're lucky like we, then you are almost alone in there taking it all in. 

I highly recommend to purchase your ticket online in advance. On the first day we saw a long queue, and it was the beginning of december and weekend. I can only imagine how long it can get when it's summer. 

Park Güell

Eusebi Güell assigned the design of the park to Antoni Gaudí. The park was built between 1900 and 1914 and was officially opened as a public park in 1926. Park Güell is designed and composed to bring the peace and calm that one would expect from a park. 

Since October 2013 there is an entrance fee (7 eur) to visit the Monumental Zone (main entrance, terrace, and the parts containing mosaics),

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Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

As it was Sunday, the museum was closed. And if you want to see the Magic fountain show that is infront of museum, check the show times. We missed it by a day.

There's a great view over Barcelona from museums steps.

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 Best view in town with friends

Best view in town with friends

Cascada Monumental

It was first inaugurated in 1881 without sculptures or any meticulous details, and was thereby criticized by the press, after which this triumphal arch was thoroughly amended by the addition of a fountain and some minor attributes, which required six years of construction from 1882 to 1888, and was thenceforth put on display at the Universal Exhibition, and hitherto not been redesigned. It was erected by Josep Fontsére and to a small extent by Antoni Gaudí, who at that time was still an unknown student of architecture. Fontsére aimed to loosely make it bear resemblance to the Trevi Fountain of Rome. 

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 Near the waterfall is mammoth who is believed to bring good luck

Near the waterfall is mammoth who is believed to bring good luck

Cat

In Raval neighborhood there's a big who is very polite and lets you play with its tail and scratch its bronze coat. One thing to do there is to take a look at the cat, do some funny and cute pictures, and then sit on a bench and look others do the same :)

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 Arco de Triunfode Barcelona

Arco de Triunfode Barcelona

Casa Batlló

The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), as it has a visceral, skeletal organic quality. Gaudí gave Casa Batlló a facade that is original, fantastical and full of imagination.  A common theory about the building is that the rounded feature to the left of centre, terminating at the top in a turret and cross, represents the lance of Saint George, which has been plunged into the back of the dragon.

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Torre de Communicacions de Montjuic

The Montjuïc Communications Tower popularly known as Torre Calatrava and Torre Telefónica, is a telecommunication tower in the Montjuïc neighborhood of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The white tower was built for Telefónica to transmit television coverage of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. The 136-metre (446 ft) tower is located in the Olympic park and represents an athlete holding the Olympic Flame.

Because of the tower's orientation, it works also as a giant sundial, which uses the Europa square to indicate the hour.

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In december we saw different Christmas decorations in Barcelona. On all Christmas markets the sellers had also the Caganer. For us it was a bit funny, you don't see every day a pooping man with Christmas decorations.

The exact origin of the Caganer is unknown, but the tradition has existed since at least the 18th century. The caganer is a particular and highly popular feature of modern Catalan nativity scenes. It is believed to have entered the nativity scene by the late 17th or early 18th century, during the Baroque period. The practice is tolerated by the Catholic church within the areas where the Caganer is popular. Although the tradition generally has popular support, opinion is divided as to whether it is wholly appropriate and not all nativity scenes in Catalonia include caganers.

And then there are shops' windows with Christmas theme.

 Hermes, decorations and pooping man Caganer

Hermes, decorations and pooping man Caganer

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Torre Agbar

The Torre Agbar is a 38-story skyscraper/tower which marks the gateway to the new technological district of Barcelona. Torre Agbar is intended to recall the shape of a geyser rising into the air. It was inspired by Montserrat, a mountain near Barcelona. A defining feature of the building is its nocturnal illumination. It has 4,500 LED devices that allow generation of luminous images on its façade. In addition, the outside of the tower has temperature sensors that regulate the opening and closing of the window blinds of the façade, reducing the consumption of energy for air conditioning.

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Tibidabo

This was a fun weird place. I have never seen a church in an amusement park. But in Tibidabo there is one, with great views.

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Visited 2-5/december/2016

Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, Spain

Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, Spain

Masha, Estonia (Tallinn Restaurant Week)

Masha, Estonia (Tallinn Restaurant Week)