A different sort of day today, Saturday the 6th, as we went to museums. Of course the other days have been museum-like experiences but these were straight museums. We got a taxi to the first one – taxis here are almost the same price as buses when you have 4 in the taxi, so when it is convenient we have been using them.
It’s now Thursday 4 May, and we first walked to look at a number of Antonio Gaudi houses in Passeig de Gracia – the Champs Elyssee of Barcelona – a short walk from where we are living. They are amazing as you will see from the pictures. The style of art and architecture at the turn of the 20th-century has been given different terms in different countries – including Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Secessionist, Reformist, and Modernismo here in Spain.
Left Valencia today, Tuesday 2 May, walking 20 minutes to the station to catch the 10.05am train to Barcelona. We were there by 2pm. We had directions to go to the restaurant of our AirBnB hostess’s father – so this we did and ordered his menu of the day as Joelie and Ken had not yet arrived. Not long after we started eating Ken turned up, then went and got Joelie so we had our reunion as we finished our lunch. That of course was a lot of fun.
The apartment we are sharing is in L’Eixample (pron. ‘lay-sharm-pla’), one of the central areas in Barcelona. It is a very nice quirky place. Our hostess, Nadia, is an artist, Joelie thinks, either a teacher or a student, and the apartment certainly reflects that. For example, our coffee table is 3 suit cases of different size on top of each other at fetching angles. On one wall in large different font letters is the word PAELLA – for which Barcelona is famous. A macrame hanging seat hangs in the sitting area, like a sitting up hammock. The book shelves are a series of packing boxes. Enough details to remind us of the place. It is very comfortable, in addition to the living-dining rooms, two bedrooms with comfy double beds, plenty of cupboard space, a washing machine which the Wilkos have already used for their very large number of dirty clothes. So, well set up for the week.
Saturday the 29th involved a long bus trip. We left Granada at 11.45am and got to Valencia at 7.30pm. We had one 45 minute stop for lunch and then a couple of 5 minute ones. The time went very fast. Al spent most of the time working on photos for the blog, and I read the Saturday and Sunday Age from cover to cover. The countryside, as always, was great to watch. Quite mountainous at times, and at other times we were travelling along the coast, passing beach-side towns, very built up, many high-rise – a bit like the Gold Coast only much bigger. We had fabulous front seats so had an uninterrupted view. Also made friends with an Ozzie called Julie who lives in Elwood. About mid 40s, she is woman who teaches at Brighton Primary. She is on long service leave and travelling alone for 4 months. Gutsy!
The Graffiti Walk – Thursday 27 April
We had noticed that the Lonely Planet describes what they call a Graffiti Walk. Granada has a great deal of modern street art, the most well known artist being El Niño de las Pinturas. The walk focuses on the art but in the process takes you through two of Granadas most definitive neighbourhoods. It took us the best part of 4 hours, and we walked a long way although we also popped in at various interesting looking places as we went.
We travelled from Córdoba to Granada on Tuesday 25 April, first by train to Antiquera and then by bus for the rest of the journey as the new rail link is still under construction. (We hear the delay is due to a dispute between the Granada and Seville authorities – sounds like a local council dispute with which we are quite familiar!). Quite a quick trip – we were in Granada by around 4pm.