Still more about Barcelona. We were only there for about a week but we really crammed so different things in! The tempo changes across the week were crazy, some days we were so busy whilst other days the hours seemed to stretch forever. These photos are all from our laziest day; after running frantically around museums when we first arrived we spent the middle day of our trip wandering leisurely around Parc de la Ciutadella and the tiny Parc de Carles. It was so hot – everything was bathed in hazy warm light, as you can see in these photos!
Both parks were rammed with locals (almost no tourists in sight) as it was a national holiday. There was such a feel of happy camaraderie and fun in Ciutadella – permanent table tennis players were teeming with grown-ups and youngsters, kids were trying to pop giant bubbles, the lake was filled with leisurely boaters and there was bunting, bridges and acrobatics happening in the fields amongst the trees. I especially loved lounging around in the playground. Between pushing each other on the burning swings and dangling our legs in the pool, I happily recalled a thousand hours of summer holidays and playgrounds past.