I spent my fifth and last night in Barcelona in a $28 room in a big flat in the Sant Antoni neighborhood.

Barcelona footprint

I stayed in three different beds over five nights. I like to move around in a given city so it forces me to browse several neighborhoods.

 

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The first sight I sought out in my new immediate surroundings was the Mercat de Sant Antoni, but as you can see, it is under renovation.

 

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Then, I went to the more famous Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, but it was closed, perhaps because it was Sunday.

 

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A short walk away, I went to Palau Güell, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. I expected to pay €12, but for an unknown reason, admission was complimentary that day! The self-proclaimed palace was actually just a city mansion for the businessman Eusebi Güell, who commissioned the ubiquitous Antoni Gaudí. I might have enjoyed this Gaudí sight more than the others I visited. The audioguide was extremely helpful, and it developed a useful image for the visitor. These doors in the facade are for horse-drawn carriages, in and out.

 

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The ceiling of one of the rooms. The depth and height of the rooms in this mansion were awesome. This guy would have been a modern-day billionaire.

I walked back to the flat but decided to go another 500 meters to check out Plaça d’Espanya. I noticed this building built in the Moorish Revival style that looked like a bullring. There were people at the top, so I went inside this cheesy shopping center called Arenas de Barcelona. To reach the top, I expected to face an admission fee of a couple Euros, but it was free! If you are ever in this area, I encourage you to go here simply for the view.

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Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is in the distance. It was on my hitlist, but I did not make it this trip.

 

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Parc de Joan Miró, named after the Catalan artist.

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