Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Walk in the Collserola Hills

My school is located in what's loosely known as La Zona Alta, or the "High Zone." This is the topographically high part of the city which pushes up against the Collserola hills.  My school is specifically in the neighborhood of Sarria, home to the serious money in Barcelona. Only since the turn of the 20th century have wealthy families settled here to build their expensive residences. Sarria is also home to several schools besides our own.  

Today, after orientation, a couple new friends and I hiked up the side of Tibidabo, the highest point in these hills (512 meters).  It is named after the biblical story of the devil trying to tempt Christ by taking him to a high place and saying, 'I will give you all this if you fall down and worship me.'
This is the Temple Del Sagrat Cor (The Church of the Sacred Heart), Barcelona's answer to Paris' Sacre Couer, but with a more modernista influence.  Hard to tell, but it's one church on top of the other, and the top is surmounted by a huge statue of Christ.  There's an amusement park at its base (which was featured in Vicky Christina Barcelona).

Cottonwoods already changing color!

My school is right in the middle of this picture.  I am blessed once again with nearby running/hiking trails for afterschool-decompressing.

This is Fabra Observatory, a modernista stargazing facility.

 Mediterranean pine and Prickly Pear cacti.


Views to the sea.

A cute restaurant-y area we walked down to for a drink and tapas.

Walking back into the city to catch the subway home.

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