Perth - Spain, March
09.03.2014 - 13.03.2014 12 °C
Here's my blog, sorry it's 3 weeks late... I'll break it up so it's easier to read and try to skip quickly over the boring bits...
from leaving Perth we stopped two nights in Dubai, just enough to have a full day. We did have a look at the Dubai Museum in the Old Town which was really good to see pics of it before it's modern make-over. I'm sure the desert trips are interesting but with 1 day we spent it only in the new 'Dubai Mall' area... my experience of Dubai was mostly soul-less city buildings and fancy chain stores so I wouldn't choose to return in a hurry. The highlight was a high tea at the Palace Hotel (with came milk brulee) and lying on the rare piece of public lawn watching the musical fountains!
Arriving in Placa Catalunya in Barcelona was bliss. Chilly air but being surrounded by the old character apartment facades with murals and lacy wrought iron balconies, the city buzzing with sounds of many different languages, it was like a wave of relief. We were in a small apartment for 2 nights overlooking the La Boqueria covered market, which must be the best looking I've ever seen... (and I've seen a lot haven't I !!). Fresh food in every form including seafood and hanging meats laid out like a window display.
Apart from exploring the alleyways and searching for an olive oil shop I visited last time, we dedicated our full day there to innovative architect
Antoni Gaudi and his most famous Barcelona landmarks... La Sagrada Familia - the unfinished church (cathedral?) that could be straight out of a Tim Burton movie, then up to Parc Guell- displaying aquaducts built into the natural environment and with a great view over the city back toward the coast. Then to La Pedrera - an apartment building showcasing his aesthetic strengths and ingenious engineering with concept models and prototypes of ideas and designs used in many of his works (thanks Kirsty, that was much better than just staring in awe at the outside of buildings
Of course the food virtually everywhere was good but not being able to speak or understand more than a couple of words in Spanish is hell for me. So many questions to ask !!
After 2 nights in Barcelona Thursday (13th March) was travel day to Morocco. Flying with Ryanair budget airline we had to bus 4hour out of the city to Girona airport for a 2and a bit hour flight down to Marrakech. I'd much rather train or bus in Europe than fly but it turns out the trains in Spain are relatively expensive and the journey by bus would eat into our time. Aaanyway we actually could see a lot of the Spanish landscape since the plane didn't go that high. Then we touched down into Marrakech...