Barcelona: tours and magic fountain

Saturday 13th

After chatting to some people last night, I decided to go on a Travel Bar walking tours as I got told it was more interesting and informative than the one that the lady at the hostel mentioned. The Travel bar is just off La Rambla, and arrange many tours including the old town, Gaudi works, photography, pub crawl, tapas, cooking – there is something for anyone so if you enjoy tours, I would head here.

I went on the Free Walking tour of the old town, Barcelona, which took us around the cathedral through the side roads to the port. There were about 9 of us on the tour I did with a mixture of people from USA, Canada and Korea.

As it was Christmastime, we got told about a Catalunyan tradition, where there is a log with a face that is put under the Christmas tree which grows over weeks. Then on Christmas Day, the log is beaten by the children and present are pooped out.

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The logs in different sizes so they can ‘enlarge’

Another tradition is where a person with a nativity set decided to trick his family by putting a ‘new’ character in the scene. They hid this to see if they noticed. This character was if a little boy pooping. Now apparently in every nativity scene you will see different characters pooping from football players to celebrities to cartoon characters.

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Pooping boy

It was also interesting to hear about George slaying a dragon is a myth in Barcelona (as well as many other countries in the world including England). Also about the hairy statue and the rivalry between the Spanish and Cantalunyans (They want Cantalunya to be its own country)

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Picasso art of the Kings

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The hairy warrior – Try to find it if you are in Barcelona

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Parliament houses

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Interesting nativity in the Parliament Square (with a pooping boy)

When the tour had finished, we got the reminder that ‘We expect tips for the tour’. I have been on many free walking tours and they make money from tips but I’ve not ever been on one where they are so demanding and pressurised. I alway give a generous tip but when I get told that I have to do something, I’m likely to do the opposite. Anyway, I gave a little tip.

After I wandered around, ate some lunch before meeting one of the guys from the day before to do a Gaudi and Modernism tour, which I knew was going to be a lot of walking. I saw some incredible architecture. The photos will not be anything as good as the actual buildings but here’s some of them:

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4 cats cafe

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Music hall

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Casa Batlló

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Casa Milo

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The tour ended at Sagrada Familia. While on the tour, we got told about the history of these place, the people Gaudi worked with and just the detailed of everything in the city.

After we went under the Sagrada Familia to see Gaudi tombstone (which you can do for free after 6pm).

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Two of us decided to go to see the Magic Fountain show, which someone on the previous tour had mentioned. Thus was the other side of town but as I like walking so much, we went be foot. (Warning: it took over an hour to get there).

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The magic fountain was amazing; so mesmerising and beautiful.

When I got back to my hostel, I met three girls in my room, where we decided to go to a few bars drinking sangria and shots before heading to a club.

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