AM. Run 9½km/49, steady, HR144(164), ascent 225m
Up early for another morning jog. I took another road out over the ring road, but this one was as uphill as the day before. It took me longer to get to the top of it too. I had a good tussle with a guy on a mountain bike up this hill. Beat him to the top. The roads seemed quieter this morning – maybe Friday is a day for a lie-in. On the way back down I noticed a large velodrome nearby – and wondered if it had been the Olympic venue where Chris Boardman won his 4000m pursuit gold medal – it seemed too elaborate for just a local velodrome. Looking it up later, I discovered, that yes, it was the same velodrome (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vel%C3%B2drom_d’Horta).
We stopped off at a Gaudi house (La Pedrera http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casa_Mil%C3%A0) and then took ourselves over to La Sagrada Familia (http://www.sagradafamilia.cat/sf-eng/index.php). What an amazing construction – it’ll be fantastic when it’s finished, but even so the vision there is amazing. After that we strolled up a broad avenue to the Hospital Sant Pau, a modernist masterpiece (http://www.santpau.es/default.asp?Language=en). Another sandwich lunch followed, and then we took the metro down to the harbour for a walk around that area. Stopped for an ice cream outside the aquarium, then eyed up the open racing yachts (http://www.barcelonaworldrace.org/en) in the harbour. We went for a walk along the beach, had a rest on a bench and a chat to a couple of Australian women who were apparently doing something of a European tour. We carried on along the beach to Frank Gehry’s golden fish sculpture by the Port Olimpic before catching the metro back to the hostel. We struggled to find somewhere good to eat and ended up at the same tapas restaurant as the night before, and although we’d really have liked to find somewhere new this place served some good food. The area we were based in didn’t really offer much other choice.