Once landed in Barcelona, I was in high spirits; I was no more a software engineer; instead, a travel enthusiast who loved history and historical places, parks and wildlife. We had a well chalked-out itinerary with Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona as the first place to visit. Since the place is situated at about 2 km distance, we planned to visit in the morning.
The Parc de la Ciutadella has its location in Passeig de Picasso. A park of all importance due to its long history, it offers an ideal place for sightseeing and relaxation. We reached the park at 10.30 am and gained a free entry for there was no ticket for entry. While walking in I noted the visiting hours, which was from 10 am to 7 pm.
We hired a guide to know more about the park, which was created by the architect Josep Fontseré in 1888 for the World Expo. Interestingly, there was a citadel built by Philip V and it was
demolished by the Bourbon troops to construct a prison in 1869. The guide updated us that Barcelona had a history of rulers and dictators and Bourbon troops are one among them.
We were led to a zoology museum, which was called Castell dels Tres Dragons. This place was a restaurant built by Domènech i Montaner in the years 1887 and 1888. Nevertheless, this place was
converted into a museum in 1980. I walked in to find Moorish architecture, which belonged to the 19th and 20th centuries showing early modernism, Art Nouveau.
We walked further to reach a winter garden called Hivernacle, which was built using glass, brick and steel by Josep Amargos in the year 1884. The place had large collections of plants such as indoor plants, shrubs, perennial plants, and so on. I saw a coffee house too there.
There was a geological museum in the park showcasing collections of minerals. Our guide informed us that it was built in neoclassical style by Francesc Martorell Peña in the year 1882. On the southern part of the museum, we saw the plant house, the Umbracle, a shaded plant house built using wood and brick. We saw many benches and sat on one enjoying the shade and tropical plants.
We were a bit tired and wanted to refresh, so through the walkways, we went out to the café.