Thursday, February 17, 2011

so worth the pickpocket risk factor

It's routine for every visitor to Barcelona, really: take bus to Parc Güell; dismount bus; wander around; be amazed; take photo with the lizard-dragon thing. Also, possibly have pockets picked in the crowds. Petty theft is big in Barcelona.

So yes, basically, it's a tourist trap. But here's the thing: sometimes tourist traps are for a reason. The reasons here:

Columns of rocks rising up to create half-formed caves.

A wildly elaborate tile bench, winding its way across the top of the park.

A covered palace of white columns where you look up and are greeted by fantastical starfish in a sea of white tile.

And that lizard. He's beautiful, really.

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