As we’ve settled into our flat, I find we’ve been going on fewer ‘adventures.’ To clarify, we spent much of our first months exploring anything we could find. The zoo, the aquarium, the Gothic, the tiny little streets with the tiny little shops and cafés… it was endless. We set out almost every day to get things for the flat or simply explore. Walk, see where it takes us. There are still so many places to do that in that as the weather continues to warm up, I’m sure we will continue to explore.
Last week, we realized we hadn’t been up Montjuïc in quite some time. It’s absolutely beautiful! This area has been used for multiple things, such as the site for some of the 1992 Olympic events, as well as the Spanish Grand Prix. The castle at the top provides some interesting areas to explore, and the gardens are simply gorgeous. There are multiple ways to get to the top of the mountain – the bus, which goes all the way up to the castle; a funicular (rack railway) to the halfway point; and the Telefèric (cable car), which goes from halfway up to the top. The last few times we went up, we took the bus, which we did this time as well. However, we decided to take the cable car down, instead of walking through the gardens like we usually do.
We hopped into a car, lucky number 13!
Oh my. The view. I forgot about the view. Taking the cable car, you glide over the gardens and the people walking below. You also get an unrivalled view of the city and the Med.
There’s just something so special about the view. It makes me realize how tiny I am in this bustling city, but makes me appreciate the beauty that is just waiting to be discovered. Photos cannot do this justice, it is something that needs to be experienced.
There is so much to see and do; I can’t imagine ever being truly bored. I suppose there’s something to be said about moving from a city of 120,000 to a city of 1.62 million (or about 5 million in the whole metropolitan area).
And so I raise my flag to Catalonia – may you always be as beautiful as you are right now.