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Day Four: Barcelona

Posted on Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Dave!Since I've been to Barcelona a couple times before, I've seen all the "top sights" in the city. Rather than hunting for new things to see, I thought that I'd buy a ticket for one of those "Hop-On Hop-Off" tour busses and see some of the place they recommend. This was a huge mistake and a big waste of money. It took forever for the busses to show up, half the places they went were not at all interesting, and I would have been far better off planning things myself with a Metro Pass and an occasional taxi... probably for less money too.

Oh well. Live and learn.

I did spend some time at one of my favorite museums on earth... Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. They have got some incredible, incredible stuff. And you don't even have to go to Barcelona to explore their collection... they've got most everything available online! Here are a few of the coolest things I saw...

Apparently, this guy really needs to pee. I feel bad for him, because he's looking a little desperate. Oh well, we've all been there...

I gots ta pee!

I'm guessing that the poor state of dentistry was responsible for a lot of people being all miserable with toothaches...

Statues with a Toothache


Arc of the Covenant

This is one of my favorite paintings. In the middle is Baby Jesus. Around the outside are Saints and the awesome ways they were martyred for Him...


I wonder if you get to choose which way you're going to die? There's sawed in half...


Boiled in oil...


Sliced repeatedly with a sword...


Or, my personal favorite... nails in the face... IN THE FACE!!!


But no worries... Christians definitely got their revenge during the Crusades, the Inquisition, and numerous interfaith and denominational wars. Here's part of a mural showing two Christian soldiers chillaxin on the battlefield...

Crusades Chillaxin

Right before they go out and kill some black people...

Crusades Killin

This is much like I'd imagine a Glenn Beck rally would be like if it took place 900 years ago. Or possibly two years from now. And since we've got dumbfuck Christian ministers burning the Qur'an in "The Land of Religious Freedom and Tolerance" back in the USA, I'd say that a new round of Crusades is just around the corner.

It's so convenient how an increasing number of Christians seem to forget their own bloody past when accusing Islam of being a violent religion. Historically, Christians are among the most savagely violent and destructive people ever to have existed. And when I see all the raw hatred coming out of the so-called "Religious Right," I have to wonder if things are coming full-circle. Obviously this isn't the path chosen by ALL Christians... for now... but if the past is forgotten, I have to wonder what the future will bring...


I rode the bus around to various sites taking pictures... blah blah blah... but ended up going to another favorite location in Barcelona. Casa Milá, better known as Le Pedera. This is Gaudi's freaky apartment complex and one of his most famous works...

Casa Milá

A lot of the stuff here is way ahead of its time. Like these HR Giger-esque doors, straight out of Alien...

Gaudi Alien Door

But it's the roof that everybody comes here to see. It's got all kinds of interesting structures stuck to it...

CasaMilá Roof

CasaMilá Roof

CasaMilá Roof

After goofing around Station Diagonal for a bit, I decided to hike up Tibidabo Hill to get a shot of the sun setting...

Sunset Over Barcelona

Then it was time for delicious Patatas Bravas at a tapas bar...

Patatas Bravas and Coke!

Mmmmm... yummy greasy potatoes. Probably the best way you can end a day in Barcelona!

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  1. Sybil Law says:

    Nails in the face!!!
    Should be a song.

  2. Barnmaven says:

    Is it just me or are the characters in those paintings look like a cross between Monty Python and South Park?

    Beautiful pictures. Keep ’em coming!

  3. Karen says:

    Wow! I read your blog all the time, and now you’re in my city! 🙂

    Barcelona is wonderful and I hope you’re enjoying our beautiful weather. It’s finally cooling off!

    If you’re into tapas, another good place for them while you’re here is Cerveceria Catalana…really nice. The best tapas outside of Andalucia are at El Cruce in Badalona, a total crap part of town, but awesome food and SUPER cheap.

    And if you have time to stop in, The Champagneria in the Barceloneta area is awesome. 3 euro bottles of cava, amazing sandwiches, rude staff, and to-the-wall packed all day. Really good stuff.

    I love it when people come visit my city. 🙂

  4. Finn says:

    I love the way the martyrs look mildly annoyed.

    Hope you’re having fun!

  5. martymankins says:

    More amazing photos.

    And thank you for the link to the Patatas Bravas, which appears to be similar to patajes met, only without the mayo.

  6. I love it when you go on vacation as I get to see all your excellent non-iPhone photos. Thus far I have not been disappointed with your current trip 😉

  7. Patty says:

    Awesome photos! Thanks for sharing….I’ve always wanted to go to Spain.

  8. Michelle M. says:

    I should comment on all the art and architecture. But I can’t get past those greasy fries. Yum.

  9. Peter says:

    Loved those chimneys, they’re like Guardians from another age.

  10. Avitable says:

    Totally not a person who cares about architecture, but those greasy potatoes? Yum.

  11. Sarah says:

    I love the pictures of that apartment building. Such awesome architecture.

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