I had originally planned to explore Montjuïc on Sunday. But, a French guy named Emanuel at my hostel warned me that Montjuïc would be closed on Sunday due to the Barcelona Marathon. He was a runner, as were many people I met at the hostel. I am grateful for the information; without it my third day in Barcelona would have been ruined. I switched my Saturday and Sunday itineraries and headed to Montjuïc.
Overlooking the city, Montjuïc ("Mount Jew") is the park that hosted the 1929 international exhibition and the 1992 Summer Olympics. You enter through the the "Venetian Towers" of the Plaça d'Espanya and start climbing. The first point of interest is the Montjuïc.
The view from the castle justified the hike. Again, I was fortunate to have a clear and sunny day. I admired the entire city by the Mediterranean. I experimented with my camera by taking six consecutive pictures to capture the panoramic view (see web album, starting at photo #20). There were also great views of Barcelona's port, a chunk of Spain's economy. The Catalans have always thought of themselves as self-sufficient due to Barcelona's port. They feel like they are carrying Spain's economy at times.
After many photos at the castle, I started my way down. I ran into a famous statue depicting the famous Catalan dance, "Sardana." It consists of people holding hands high in a circle while they perform the basic steps. For Spaniards that like to make fun of Catalans, this dance is an easy target. I settled in a park nearby for a picnic lunch that I had bought at the supermarket. It consisted of a wedge of brie cheese, a huge baguette, and jam I had found at the hostel. The total price was about 1.30 euros: cheap, filling, and delicious, exactly what I wanted. I cannot believe how low the prices are for good bread and good cheese here.
My next stop would be the highlight of the day: Like Picasso,
Barcelona Day 2 (3-5) - Montjuïc" at https://picasaweb.google.com/bradleywilliams39