Saturday, November 3, 2012

Travel Post #23: The Old Charms Fair

Any trip would not be complete for me unless I visited at least one flea market. Friday was the day. The one we chose is known as Els Encants, or Mercat Fira de Bellcaire. This market has been held since the 14th century, making it one of Europe's oldest. (Els Encants Vells literally means the old Charms Fair.)

My loot from the market:

We made the grueling walk up a very steep hill to visit Gaudi's Park Guell. It was a beautiful day and the park was filled with people out sightseeing and enjoying a lovely Friday morning. This is how our guidebook describes Gaudi's imprint:

Imagine a Disney fairytale, scripted by Tolkien and filmed by Fellini, and you've conjured a picture of Park Guell.

We had a long, late lunch - or was it dinner? Vegetarian paella for me, seafood for Howard.

While we were enjoying our leisurely linner, we met and visited the entire time with two delightful people, Duncan and Jane, from the UK.

Remember the museum that was closed yesterday because it was a bank holiday? Well, we went back on Friday because Howard really wanted to learn more about Catalunya history. It was a marvelous, interactive museum and so worth the time.I give you: Museu d'Historia de Catalunya.

We jumped back on yet another subway and wound our way over to another of Gaudi's madcap creations, Casa Batllo.


Since we were out on a Friday night, we strolled Passig de Gracia.


A few photos of our Friday meanderings.


Finally, it was time to head home.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My goodness, these photos were incredible. What wonderful eyefuls of amazing details must have greeted you at every turn and bend in the road! Absolutely gorgeous! I'm so glad you shared these!!