Barcelona Flashback – Urban Hiking

10 04 2010

There are two routes you can take to Parc Guell in Barcelona, the short, preferred one or the long one with the steep grade of incline. We chose the short one; we’re no dummies.

We were doing well until we left the subway station. There was some major road construction right outside the station exit. There were detours and temporary pedestrian walkways. We followed the signs and checked our maps but somehow ended up traveling in the wrong direction. Our only recourse was to cut a route across the hill and enter the park from the back.

We knew something was up with our new route when the road ended and escalators began. Yeah, that’s right, they replaced the road with escalators. That’s how steep it was.  At least it beat walking the hill.

Come to find out, the escalators wouldn’t take us the entire way up the hill.

Man, that was one grueling walk. Especially when I had to run ahead to take photos. : )

Want to see agony? Check out the couple about 30 yards down the hill. The woman is struggling.

I can’t tell you how happy we were when another set of escalators showed up.

Eventually, we made it to the park.

I could have easily written about the park but others have done that. I thought the journey was a little more interesting.




One response

10 04 2010

My friends and I took the long way with the steep incline when we went. It was not a fun walk, especially in sandals, but well worth it once we reached Parc Guell.

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