Rome wasn’t built in a day, but neither was Barcelona!

Phew. !

As we return from a recent trip to Rome & Barcelona with a new shiny iphone 4 completely bulging with photos and video I’m taking some time out to catch up on this blog and add some writing to go with the photos and sounds below.


Within arriving in this beautiful city I knew it would simply be a matter of time before I’d come back. Armed with a full itinary and maps of the popular and not-so-popular sites we were ready to take on the roman roads to take it all in. We stayed in the area next the Statzione Termini which looked a wee bit rough at night, however it proved to be the ideal central location to catch both metro lines A & B as they pass through. During our three days we managed to visit:

  • The Colloseum
  • Vatican city and surrounding area including the Vatican museums,
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Piazza Navona
  • Piazza Del Republica
  • Santa Ignazio
  • Santa Maria Concezione & Capuccin museum
  • The Pantheon
  • Santa Maria Minerva
  • Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Piazza Campagnolia
  • Piazza Del Poppolo
  • The Trevi Fountain
  • Piazza Vittorio Emmanuel
  • Piazza Navona
  • San Giovanni Laterno

Amongst all these mind blowing sites of this ancient city, we were lost many times and as usual these prove to be the times when you see the real parts of a city.

Rather than post all the pictures from the city i’ve decided it would be better viewed on my flickr site here also there are audio clips here (which you may find interesting to listen to as you take a look at the pictures, that was the intention).

We then travelled over to Barcelona (both with sore feet). .


Alike Rome, this is a city we have dreamt of visiting for a long time.  Many friends have told tales of the amazing architectural works by Antoni Gaudi, the sites to see along La Rambla, and of course Camp Nou – home of FC Barcelona.   During our three day stay in the city, we stayed near the university which was just off the side of La Rambla and was close enough to come in and out of the main sites of the city.  We also managed to witness FC Barcelona beat Malaga FC 4-1 in Camp Nou which was an incredible experience.  We managed to cram these sites in (with many blisters on both our sets of feet:

  • Casa Batillo
  • Manson de la Discordia
  • Casa Mila
  • Sagrada Famalia
  • Poble Espanyol
  • La Boqueria
  • La Rambla
  • The Port area
  • Cathedral
  • Arc de Triomf
  • Camp Nou

Again, the photographs are here and audio files are here

Feel free to have a roam around and enjoy the pics, I was really chuffed with the iphone camera and will be using it more and more now that I know the quality of the lens and the many many great apps that can generate interesting effects, I’ve kept these pics all quite simple to begin with.

Of both the cities I’d have to say I’d be more keen to return to Rome, simply because it seemed more like an unusual city and less like any other, by this I mean Barcelona seems to be more affected by globalisation and had many of the same shops and chain restaurants that you would find in any European city, this was not the case in Rome.

Most interesting sites that took my breath away would be,

  • Walking towards the Vatican city
  • Colloseum
  • Casa Batillo
  • Camp Nou
  • Sistene Chapel