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Barcelona – Sagrada Familia

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Sagrada Familia

On the same day, after visited Park Güell, we headed to Sagrada Familia. Sagrada Familia is a massive, privately-funded Roman Catholic church that has been under construction in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain since 1882 and is not expected to be complete until at least 2026, the 100th anniversary of Gaudí’s death. Considered the master-work of renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), the project’s vast scale and idiosyncratic design have made it one of Barcelona’s and Spain’s top tourist attractions for many years.

The unique about Sagrada Familia is that the construction on Sagrada Família is not supported by any government or official church sources. Private patrons funded the initial stages. Money from tickets purchased by tourists is now used to pay for the work, and private donations are accepted through the Friends of the Temple.

Recently, the Ministry of Public Works of Spain has projected the construction of a tunnel for the high speed train just under where the principal façade of the temple has to be built, that’s why there are lots of SOS banners around the Towers of Sagrada Familia. Although the ministry claims that the project poses no risk to the church, the engineers and architects of the temple disagree as there is no guarantee that the tunnel will not affect the stability of the building.

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Sagrada Familia

Neu Camp Stadium of Barcelona

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2nd day of the trip, our first destination was Neu Camp Stadium of Barcelona because most of us are football fans, and i’m Barcelona fan, and therefore it’s compulsory to visit this stadium. It’s the most largest stadium in Europe which has a capacity of 98,787, and the tenth largest in the world. Arriving the front gate of the stadium, our first aim was to find the fan shop to buy some souvenirs and i would say the fan shop quite big and very welcoming, you can find almost everything here like jersey, posters, magnet etc. and i bought a cool mini ball of Barcelona with the signature of each players on it.

big poster of FC Barcelona in the Fan Shop

If you are one of Barcelona fans, going to the Neu Camp Tour is a must! But then, the ticket price is quite expensive, about 18 Euro per person if i’m not mistaken, on the bright side, you can get in the stadium and see yourself the changing room ( sadly you are not allow to get in the HOME side changing room ), the field, the VIP stand, and also museum of FC Barcelona, where the history of the football club being displayed.

Trophies of FC Barcelona

Total time taken to finish the tour was about 3 hours and personally i have to admit that it’s not worth-it for 18Euro because you cant’ get in the HOME side changing room. Maybe it should be like 12Euro or something like that because as a football fans, having an opportunity to watch yourself the HOME side changing room means a lot! Our next destination was La Ramla Street……………………………….

Barcelona

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Barcelona, a well known City in Europe and really famous as one of the most attractive tourist attraction in Europe, famous because of their legendary architect Antoni Gaudi who design Park Guell, Sagrada Familia and some other odd, creative i admit and cool architecture buildings around here. And of course not forgotten, Barcelona is also famous with the Football Club of Barcelona. Actually, there are so many place you can go here, like Olympic Stadium, Poble Espanyol, Torre Agbar, The Montserrat and others.

I was there in Barcelona on a 2weeks trip around Spain and Portugal last December 09 with a group of 5 people including me. Our destinations were Barcelona-Madrid-Granada-Cordoba-Sevilla-Lisbon-Porto. In the next post, i would like to share my stories and experiences during the whole trip, starting from Barcelona.

For some general informations, you really need to be careful when you travel in Barcelona or Spain, i mean..REALLY REALLY careful because there are many, i would say, professional pickpockets around here, it’s like a JOB for the people here. When we were just arrived to our  hotel in Barcelona, the owner (boss) himself warn us to be careful here, don’t put your wallet in the back pocket but put it in front or in your jacket’s pocket, don’t try to show off your stuffs like cameras, video-cameras and mobile phone because those are the things that catch their attention, most importantly,don’t even dare to walk alone!!!walk in group instead. Luckily for us, nothing bad happen to us for the whole trip. For a tourist, you don’t need to worry about language barrier here because they can speak and understand English well. That’s about the people in Barcelona and about the foods, for Muslims, i think there is no problem to find halal food here (there are a lot of  Halal Shop along the La Ramla Street). About the public transport, the Metro System is enough to get you around the city, the metro trains are really punctual, fast, effective and cheap.

About the picture above, it’s just a picture of a streets in Barcelona, near the area of  Palaca Catalunya, La Ramla Street ( i’ll explain about this awesome street later ), and to be exact in front of FC Barcelona Fans Shop. Here was where the beginning of our tour around Barcelona City Centre on the 2nd day of the trip. I personally on purpose, did not want to freeze the movement of the vehicles by increasing the shutter speed, or panning the shot because i think the blur or motion of the cars can give better impact on the picture. About the tone, i use a nostalgic tone to bring up the memories back once i see this picture.

More story come in the next post, have a nice day.

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February 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Bucket List

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I’m sure that all of you might ask what is this “Bucket List” means actually?? It’s actually my personal list of all the photos I hope that one day, i will get the chance to capture them,even i don’t know if i get the opportunity to do so,they are just my target and my ambitious. Maybe some of the list are little bit like a crazy stuff but what the hell…it’s my dream to shot the moment. So……………………………………..here we GO!!

1. Foggy trees by the mountain: Winter season is the best season to shot foggy landscape due to the high intensity of water in the air or something like that…but erm….you know what….i had been  trying to shot foggy trees around my area here since last year…but i never come with a “WOW” result!!!After reading a lot of photography books….now i know the reason why….because to shot a foggy landscape…better you have a zoom lens so that the fog will be seen clearly if you shot quite far from the location.I have tried with my Nikkor 50mm but….still….never get the “WOW” result.

2. Pictures of War: to be specific….i REALLY…REALLY want to capture the moment people get shot by a gun or machine gun during war or something like that…..even i don’t love war. PEACE!!NO WAR!!!

3. 7 Wonders of the World: Yeah!!!absolutely!!It’s my dream since i bought my camera. I love travel and until now…for this list…i just had been to Pyramid. Other than that…nope!!maybe someday…..planning to go to China for The Great Wall of China as the next Trip of 7 Wonders of the World.In case you want to know what is the new 7 Wonders:

  • Giza Pyramid ( Cairo, Egypt )
  • Taj Mahal ( Arga, India )
  • The Great Wall of China ( China )
  • Chichen Itza ( Mexico)
  • Christ the Redeemer ( Brazil )
  • Colosseum ( Rome )
  • Machu Picchu ( Peru )
  • Petra ( Jordon )

4. North Pole : People love to travel around Europe as their dreams,but not for me. My dreams destination is…North Pole. I love to watch documentary like the National Geographic and the past 2 year if i’m not mistaken, i had seen a documentary about a Journey to the North Pole…wow..since then..i set my dream destination as North Pole.But this is not the main point that i want to share with you. Maybe some people may said “What do we got there??it’s cold…no people…what can we shot??”may i show you some thing that i had been dreaming for. HERE
see that…it’s the big Moon!!!yeah..somewhere in the North Pole..there is a closest point and somehow you can see a big full Moon there!!that’s what i aiming for actually.A shot of Full Moon in North Pole.

5. Earth: Yes..Earth! I want to shot the Earth myself from the outer space!!I know we can easily google and search for the picture of Earth and taaaaa…daaaaa…you can get the picture easily. But i’m a greedy person..i want to have my personal shot of Earth!!It’s gonna be amazing..wow!!

6. Makkah or Mecca : I’m a muslim and as most of all of you know…Makkah is the holiest meeting site of the Islamic religion.Since child i have been dreaming to do my Hajj (pilgrim) at The Great Mosque of Makkah myself. As a photographer..i want to shot the The Masjilil Haram myself.

7. Run & Shot : This is a cool idea.It’s actually shots in slow shutter and i run like a crazy people in the middle of a street with a lot of people around and shots like crazy while running.( i hope you get the point here) I think i’ll get some creative shots after i perform this stuff .

8. Jump & Shot : The same principal as point number 7…instead of running…why don’t we shot during the jump of Bungee Jumping!!Jump with a camera and shot and shout like crazy.

That’s all for my Bucket List..till then..chow…

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p/s: For all the Landscape Lovers out there…something special for you guys this February.