Thursday, February 09, 2006

Travelblog - Barcelona

At last - a trip somewhere that's not on business!
Oh the joy of being somewhere and not having to get up and go to work.

You know, travelling as part of your job sounds like a lot of fun, but it's not all quite what it's cracked up to be...
You get all the worst bits of a holiday (getting up early, waiting round in Airports, bumpy flights, rip off taxi rides, hotel food, living out of a suitcase, etc) and you miss out on all the best bits of a holiday (having a lie in, going to the beach, taking in the sights, not having an agenda)
On top of all that you have to work as well.

Oh, I really appreciated this holiday to Barcelona - what a great place. So much warmer than sunny Saddleworth - admittedly, I was the only ejit walking round in a tee shirt, but still they do say it's grim up north, so I suppose I'm hardened a bit by it!
One thing about the Barcelona skyline - you can't help but notice that there are an awful lot of cranes there.

Arriving at the beatiful and unfinished Sagrada Familia Church designed by Antoni Gaudi, from the ground you feel as though the cranes could be part of the architechture set in amongst the stunning spires reaching for that blue sky.

However, up close the intricate detail of the stonework makes the cranes stand a little more out of place.

Moving on to the Barcelona FC stadium - now I'm no football fan, but I can appreciate this place simply for its sheer size - with a capacity of over 100,000 people sitting down it's pretty amazing.

Just to put that into perspective...
If you're one of the thousand visitors to my Huddersfield Narrow CanalCam blog, then in this picture you're a single seat in one of the small red or blue rectangles.
Just three of which have been filled by people browsing the site in the last 6 months


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