I finally made it to Barcelona!

I realise I’ve only recently bombarded you with pictures from a trip to Lyon and now I’m about to whack you over the head with another rash of snaps, this time of beautiful Barcelona. But before anyone’s staightjacketed inner globetrotter gets their knickers in a funk, I would like to assure you that your travel envy is (sadly!) misplaced: I’ve not left Toledo so far this year. Until those two trips, that is, both of which happened in the very same week. Madness! Lyon was a last-minute jaunt with a good friend who’s about to leave the country, and the reason I went to  Barcelona was to meet up with a dear friend from London. This was, in fact, my first ever visit to Catalonia.

And, if it makes you feel any better, I came back with a stonking cold and a severe case of conjunctivitis. My eyes swelled up so bad, I had to turn off Skype for two days – I was just too afraid my mum would see me in this state!

Barcelona Harbour

Barcelona flower

Barcelona Bubbles

Here are my only two OK-ish pics from inside Sagrada Familia:

Sagrada Familia Windows

Sagrada familia organ

Organ pipes, in case anyone’s wondering

La Sagrada Familia in the distance - surrounded by construction machinery. It's due for completion in 2026. or 2028.

La Sagrada Familia in the distance – surrounded by construction machinery. It’s due for completion in 2026. Or 2028. Or whenever.

A bit more Gaudi, this time from Parque Güell:

Park Güell fence


Barcelona harbour:

We took a ride up to Montjuïc in the cable car, an installation that can only be described as an ill-conceived disaster.

It was not a busy day. The queue of people in front of us was deceptively short. Nevertheless, we had to wait nearly an hour to be herded into the lift. There is only one single little lift that accommodates ten people. The outside waiting area is bereft of shade, and even though it wasn’t a particularly hot day, we got sweaty and uncomfortable, not to mention a tad cranky. How does this work in the summer at 30+ degrees C, 85% humidity, with lines three or four times as long?! People must be collapsing like dominoes. Is there a fleet of ambulances ready and waiting to cart them off?

Once you get to the top of the tower, there is yet more waiting before they let you get onto the cable car. You might think that the wait would be a prime opportunity to take some great pics, since the platform is encased in glass. But no. The window panes are filthy, every inch covered in greasy finger prints, toddler snot and soft drink splatters. I don’t think they’ve been cleaned, ever, on either side!

The carriage itself holds about 20-30 people, but moving around and enjoying a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the city isn’t an option. You’re packed in like pilchards. My friend and I ended up standing on the “bad side”, of course.

The ride is a short one, a mere few minutes, and once you reach the café on top of the hill, you do actually get a breathtaking view of Barcelona. A jug of sangria helps considerably to mellow the experience. Luckily, there’s no need to take the cable car on the return journey – you can walk back down into town very comfortably.

The main problem seems to be this: There are only TWO cable cars. One each way. There should be at least six of the damn things. Who thought this out?! WHO?!? I want that man, I want him tied to his harebrained creation by the balls, and, above all, I want him to re-do his fucking engineering degree in Germany. How can such a great idea turn into an epic fail? End of rant.

The tower of smudge

Dangling sardine can

…of which there are two. Those two.

Where’s the cake?! Well, there was no cake. Yes, you read that right. No Cake. I and my partner in crime went on a daily chocolate binge instead. We are a diligent pair. Barcelona is full of artisan chocolate shops. There’s no pictorial evidence of our collective sins, though, because my camera does not care for chocolate. No matter how handsome the morsel, it ends up looking like a turd in each and every photo.

71 thoughts on “I finally made it to Barcelona!

      1. ladyofthecakes Post author

        …and end up utterly depressed! Best to focus on the places we actually get to visit 🙂 My target for this summer is to make it to Nürnberg. Can’t believe I’ve never seen that one, either!

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  1. joannesisco

    If it’s any consolation, your rant made me laugh out loud … ie the part about re-doing his engineering degree in Germany 🙂 You have greater patience than I, because I would have abandoned the folly.

    Everyone always comes back from Barcelona with stunningly gorgeous photos … including you. I didn’t visit that Barcelona. The one I visited 10 years ago was freezing cold in May with wicked winds and pouring rain. Everything was wet and gray. How odd to discover it should have been in colour.

    … and La Sagrada Familia was covered – COVERED – in scaffolding. It appears that part hasn’t changed 😉

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      We were truly lucky with the weather. A pleasant 22 degrees C, sunny, a light breeze. But no, LSF hasn’t changed in that respect – scaffolding, cranes, drilling. The effect of the stained glass windows once you’re inside, however, is mesmerising and makes up for all of that.


  2. Sue

    Oh, you’ve given me a good chuckle….. Great images, you had a good tIme. I have yet to see Barcelona, but won’t go in the heat of summer with even more tourist hordes

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  3. Kezzie

    What a fabulous post! The pictures are amazing- I am so keen to go to Barcelona- I want to see the Gaudi structures!
    What an annoying shame about the cable car – ahrgh, I hate it when things are so, so badly thought-out! Grr!

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  4. tobyo

    oh my!! that cable car sounds awful! now I’m glad we never got to do that. and that’s the only way to the top of the hill, right? fabulous photos! Parc Guell was one thing I still haven’t made it to. next time!!


  5. Jackie Cangro

    The two photos from inside LSF are terrific. Parque Güell is so colorful. Someday…sigh!
    Very nice pic of you as well. 🙂

    Good god — getting on that little sardine can was a mistake straight away! I recall a similar experience on that glass egg on the London Eye. At least the glass was clean. Sort of.

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  6. Lynda

    Barcelona looks claustrophobic to me! And La Sagrada Familia? Over the top! I looked the Sagrada up and can’t believe how it is dripping with carvings. Like an overdone sandcastle waiting for the first wave to take it all. The lighting and color from the stained glass was amazing though! So, even if your camera went on strike you at least have the memories of that beautiful lighting!

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      We bought them at the ticket booth where the cable car departs from. I don’t think buying them online would have cut down on the wait – it doesn’t seem to operate on a time slot basis. And yes, the tickets are available over the link you provided. For the other attractions, it’s definitely a good idea to buy the tickets in advance with an allocated time slot. Otherwise you could be waiting for ages.


      1. samdfb1

        how funny…a cake disaster zone. It is too horrible to even think about. Ahh Germany and cake posts. Well now, that is right up my street. Looking forward to it! 😉

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  8. Incompetent Spanish with engineering degree from Germany

    I would not call the damn thing (and a damn thing it is, I suffer from vertigo, I know what I am talking about) a cable car; a cable car is rather what we in Spain call a tranvía and a Tram in German, than awful thing is an aerial lift. Here are more details and some terminology: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerial_lift Cable cars look like this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cable_car_%28railway%29

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