Maisy is back from Spain!Maisy is finally back from his vacation in Barcelona (if you are not familiar with our little traveler, read more at Maisy is going to Barcelona, Spain)! And, looking at his pictures, we can see that it surely was something remarkable. Thanks to our truly amazing neighbor, Maisy and us learned a lot about Barcelona! My son came up with all kinds of questions about things he wanted to learn about, and here is what we found out from Maisy’s diary: Destination: Barcelona, Spain Date: August 2011
|Our Barcelona Fact sheet:
The two languages spoken in Barcelona are Spanish and Catalan. 5 billion people live in Barcelona: it is 6th most populous city in Europe.
What are favorite foods here? Lots of seafood and tapas (little sandwiches with meat, fish, etc) We went to the Mercat de La Boqueria, where they sold fresh meats, fruit, eggs, nuts, veggies and seafood. It was a cool place to visit. We walked along Passeig de Gràcia, which is like our 5th Ave in Manhattan – very expensive shops can be found there.
|Maisy at the Mercat de La Boqueria||Passeig de Gràcia|
|Barcelona is a city that breaths and lives sports: football, tennis, Formula 1 Racing, sailing, and even skiing resorts in Pyrenees are within easy access.|
Estadi Olimpic: Originally built for 1929 Exhibition, it was the major stadium for the 1992 Olympic Games. .
Barcelona always was an important Mediterranean harbor.
We walked down the La Rambla where you can find artists drawing and painting. There were people selling small animals – birds and others selling plants and flowers. It divides in 3 sections. Also you can find street performers – they stood still like statues.
At the foot of the Rambla is the Columbus monument
The Cathedral of Barcelona was beautiful! La Catedral: Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia This impressive Catalan Gothic church, begun in 1298 is built on the site of a Roman temple and houses the tomb We saw the outside of a stadium where they have bull fights. Naturally, we had to see one of the most famous places in Barcelona – Sagrada Familia – what an interesting place! Gaudi was the artist. The building isn’t complete. They hope for it to be finished by the 100th anniversary of his death. The carving of the donkey, which decorates the main portal of La Sagrada Familia was created from life. According to Albert Schweitzer in his book Out of my Life and Thought, Gaudí was presented with the finest donkeys in Barcelona to use as his model but rejected them in favour of an old, broken down beast that belonged to a woman selling sand. Paco also took us to Parc Guell which Gaudi was commissioned to build for a very rich man. (There are a few pictures of me there). Mosaic tiles, everywhere!! Oh, it is a park. Architects Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, artists Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and many others lived and worked in Barcelona. This building is an office – at night it is a pretty blue – all lit up!
Girona is a city which brims with history, having endured many sieges and been captured seven times by various invading nations.
- Barcelona originated as a Roman city but later became one of the most important cities of the Kingdom of Aragon
- According to a legend, Hercules founded Barcelona 400 years before Rome was built.
- Another legend states that Carthaginian Hamilcar Barca, father of Hannibal, found and named the city Barcino after his family, in the 3rd century BC.
- First historical mention: 15 BCE as a Roman colony – Colonia Faventia Julia Augusta Pia Barcino.