On the way home I stopped at what was formerly the bull fighting ring at Plaza Espana. Since bull fighting was made illegal in Spain, it has been converted to a glitzy shopping mall. Not sure which is worse, being gored by bulls or by corporations. In any case, there is access to a walkway outside at the top and good views.
One more day here and wanting to get out of town a bit, I decided to go to Colonia Gaudi, a small town about 20k from Barcelona built 120 yrs or so ago as a manufacturing centre with a church that Antonio Gaudi was commissioned to build.
The church is unfinished as the money ran out but it and the town are a UNESCO world heritage site. The town was was completely dedicated to textile manufacturing with housing and vocational training and it is still operating but the town is more of a theme park today. It was a cold day with rain threatening and the town was nearly deserted, just a handful of us diehard tourists and the odd local out and about. Quite a contrast to Barcelona. It was a charming little place and the church is another of those wonderful, wild Gaudi creations.
Train back to the city and the afternoon spent wandering the neighbourhood where I was staying enjoying some unexpected discoveries.