Thursday in Barcelona with Oriol turned out to be a day of amazing views of the city.
Oriol and I started Thursday in Barcelona with a visit of Torre Bellesguard. The medieval villa (torre in Catalan is villa, not ‘tower’) was renovated and redesigned by Antoni Gaudí.
The theme of day two in Barcelona was Catalan modernism. The architecture style made famous by the likes of Antoni Gaudí i Cornet and his Sagrada Família is a trademark of Barcelona and Catalonia in Spain. But Oriol first took me to the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, nowadays known as Sant…
I was in Barcelona, in Spain‘s Catalonia region, for the first time since 2006. This time with Oriol who grew up in the city. On the first night, we walked through the El Born and Barri Gótic neighbourhoods.
Jeroen started his Iberian rail adventures being nostalgic of night trains in his youth. He explained how difficult it can be to book night trains with Renfe, Spain‘s railway operator.
After experiencing a Talgo 4 night train from Lisbon in Portugal to Hendaye in France, train enthusiast Jeroen decided to give the Talgo 7 night train a go from Barcelona in Catalonia to Vigo in Galicia. The Talgo trains are operated by the Spanish company Renfe. He tells Trip By Trip how it was.
The train is not just for commuting, it can also be a travel destination or a tourist attraction in its own right. Spain offers more ‘destination trains’ you would think. Destination trains are trains you book for the experience, not to travel from A to B.