It’s Gaudí day!* The day we set aside for leaving the twilight embrace of the Gothic quarter in order to go to both Park Güell and the Sagrada Família cathedral.
While yesterday was all about food, today turned into a healthy dose of art, religion and history.
After a pair of very annoying flights occupied by people put on this earth to increase my blood pressure*, we have touched down in peaceful, politically stable Barcelona. Everyone seems very chill for being dangerous revolutionaries, though Catalan flags are hanging from many, many buildings. Also signs that say “Hola Democràcia”, which seems like the most benign political slogan ever but I’m sure is actually very incendiary. Possibly the general air of goodwill owes something to the fact that a glass of decent wine in a restaurant here will cost you less than a bottle of water in a restaurant in Sydney.
Amsterdam ✈ Singapore ✈ Sydney
There are a lot of galleries in Amsterdam, and plenty of well known Dutch artists to fill them with. But forget about Mondrian, Escher and Rembrandt – this city belongs to Van Gogh.
It was beautiful weather when we arrived in Amsterdam on Saturday. Did we squander it?
Of course we did.
We didn’t have a specific reason we were going to Copenhagen, it was just in the neighborhood of Norway. But in pre-trip reading and research I realised that there was a wealth of great design and architecture. And then I got even more excited, because I remembered Denmark was the birthplace of Lego.
Copenhagen ✈ Amsterdam
Here we are in Copenhagen, city of design and culture. So yeah, we’ve looked at some buildings, been to some museums, gazed at all the statues that have been donated to the city by the Carlsberg brewing company, admired the poster next to our hotel elevator entitled “A Century of Danish Chairs”, and generally been appreciative of all the cultural superiority.
Obviously, though, the highlight was today’s trip to the zoo.
We spent three nights in Tromsø. To be honest, we didn’t see that much of it by daylight, since we were mostly out at night and had to sleep sometime. But what we did see, I thought I would attempt to describe.