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Today we decided to go up into the hills to Tibidabo. We travelled across town by bus and metro. When we arrived at Av del Tibidabo I was impressed by this lovely building

Then we caught the famous Tram via Bleu up to the funicular station, which was itself rather an impressive building.

At the top of the funicular I was taken aback by the sight of a most church, which I now know is called "Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor"

Seeing this church I understood why the area was called Tibidabo. Tibidabo means "I shall give you", the words the devil uses to tempt Jesus when he takes him up to a high place and looks down on the kingdoms of the world, and the statue of Christ atop this building truly could be surveying the kingdoms of the world.

At that stage we didn't linger at the church but headed instead into the amusement park, where we happily spent most of the day. There is a good range of rides located up and down the hill, with a special emphasis on rides which afford great views. It is a delightful park in a great location.

The tallest ride there was built in 1922 and is still impressive even now... as were some of the views from up there!

By the time we'd had our fill of rides it was already getting late but I took a few moments to take a closer look at the church. It had a calm, peaceful sense of holiness within, and beautiful artwork, far nicer than Barcelona Cathedral inside. The basilica above was another lovely building within, though I wished I could have spent more time here, it was lovely.

We took the funicular down the hill, but decided to walk down the Avenue rather than waiting for a tram. We saw a lot of really interesting buildings on that walk, here is my favourite.

When we got back to the hotel, the boys and I headed down to spend the evening on the beach, while Ian opted for the hotel swimming pool. Eventually we all headed over to mall for a quick and rather late tea!!


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Aug. 10th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
You got on a ride built in 1922? You are Braver Than I!
Aug. 11th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
It was really cool... it sort of looked like it was built to last forever.. and I'm sure(ish) that they maintain it well! And it was so high, the view was to die for!!!
Aug. 10th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you are managing to have a grand time. Pics look great and you are conjuring up memories for me of my brief visit to that city many years ago but I cannot remember a single thing except some amazing steps and buildings somewhere - something to do with Gaudi? Ack! the ravages of time. I remember La Rambla though!
Aug. 11th, 2007 05:39 am (UTC)
We've not seriously looked at too much Gaudi yet, except the Sagrada, though I'm planning to look at lots more...but his influence pervades the whole city any way...

But we're certainly having a great time!
Aug. 11th, 2007 10:15 am (UTC)
We went to Tibidabo by car. That church is actually visible from one point in the Ramblas - I took a photograph! It's fun looking out over the city and spotting landmarks - gives you a better mental map.

Your pics were like that cinerama effect - I felt as if I was on the ride - momentary vertigo! - but worth it!
Aug. 11th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
That church is actually visible from one point in the Ramblas Yes I had seen it from afar but didn't realise what it was... I got a great photo of Tibidabo from Parc Guell today.

The view up on that ride was just amazing I could have happily stayed there all day!
Aug. 11th, 2007 11:06 am (UTC)
OMG that church with the Christ with outstretched hands atop, that's just glorious, I love the look of it! You know my class will be looking at that one next week *g*

Thanks for sharing it here, well, for sharing all of it so far. I love that last pic, of the interesting building.
Aug. 11th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
I wish I knew the history of all the amazing buildings, like that one, that I've seen... there must be so many stories to tell, that avenue was packed with amazing modernista villas and gateways...

and the church... I just loved it...amazing inside and out, such a presence in everyway!!!

More photos there now...
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