Friday, October 2, 2009

We've just returned from a great fews days in Spain, staying in Castelldefels, just south of Barcelona. This is where Caitlins cousins, Ellis and Jake live, with their dad, Martin and the lovely Vanessa. Caitlin had never met her cousins so there was great excitement all round. The weather was superb and we met up with everyone on our first evening: they have a nice apartment in Castelldefels, which is a lively town, with a nice atmosphere, based around a town square where everyone meets. We hadn't seen the guys since we left England so it was really lovely to catch up. The next day we took a trip to Barcelona to look at some of the sights: there is a magnificent Cathedral, where you can climb up to the roof and have a fantastic view of the city. There are also amazing ornate grottos throughout the Cathedral. We wandered through the old, narrow streets: it seems that every buiding is ornate and detailed. Caitlin wanted to go to the zoo, so we spent the afternoon there - the zoo is not huge, but really well laid out with plenty to see. We walked back via the Arc de Triomph, and by this stage Caitlin was so tired she fell asleep in my arms, despite being in the middle of rush hour Barcelona! The following day we cycled along the beach front at Castelldefels - this is lovely and peaceful at this time of year, with nice restaurants along the beach, and a wide paved walkway. You can cycle along this and cycle paths right by the Olympic Canal ( used for the rowing when the Olympics were held there ) and into the town. We then met Ellie and Jake on the beach, and spent the afternoon with them. Later everyone met up for dinner at a great place run by Argentinians, and as you can imagine the meat was first class - I had Vacio, which turned out to be half a cow on a plate! Delicious, but I was defeated.....
Back to Barcelona the next day, where we went to the Gaudi designed Park Guell, a quite fantastic place with unique architecture and views. The mosaics are stunning, and Caitlin loved running around the walkways and steps. We can't wait to return and see more of the place, and especially all Caitlins relations!!

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