Thursday, September 9, 2010

(REPOST) Photos from Barcelona, Spain. March 2006

I used to be active on MySpace and maintained my travel blog there for several years. Unfortunately, when I shut down that account a year ago, it wiped out all the travel stories I documented throughout the years. Lately, I've been thinking about restoring those blogs because of the wonderful memories my travels have given me. So, I've decided to repost the photos from those trips here. I won't be able to re-write all the stories for these trips, but hope you'll get to experience the moments I enjoyed through these pictures.

Strolling down La Ramblas.

Museum of Contemporary Art designed by Richard Meier, who also designed the Getty Center here in Los Angeles. The building is distinctive with Richard's signature clean and white square tiles design.

Wandering into a random church with its Gothic interior.

Picasso Museum. After visiting this museum, I learned to appreciate Picasso's work and understood his transformation from realism to abstract and cubism.

My first view of the Sagrada Familia. Antoni Gaudi's insanely huge church that has been under construction since 1882 and is not expected to be done until at least 2026. After emerging from the underground, my first thought was, "OMG this is CRAZY!!!"

I don't know who this guy was, but he wanted to take a photo with me.

Having lunch on La Rambla. Chelsea was playing Barcelona that day so there was an invasion of Englishmen. Again, these random strangers wanted to take a photo with me.

My paella!

Another Gaudi building, La Pedrera or Casa Mila. So distinctive.

My favorite building in the entire world, Gaudi's Casa Batllo!

Cute mushroom shaped fireplace.

I want to live here!

High-end Spanish leather goods store, Loewe. My Aunt in Taiwan bought me a pair of Loewe sunglasses before.

I had to return to Casa Batllo to take a night shot.

A film crew working on the streets near my hotel.

I love Spanish guitar! So passionate.

There's even a Chinese Er-Hu player on the square. Nice.

Columbus Monument.

Atop Columbus Monument overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Big shopping mall on the pier.

Barcelona Aquarium by the mall. One of the largest in Europe.

Shark tunnel. Sea World has nothing on this!

Sunset over Barcelona on my last day there.

Look who's coming to town?

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