TRAVEL: Underground

10 Of The Coolest Underground Places In The World

  1. turda-salt-minesTurda Salt Mines, Romania
  2. Thrihnukagigur VolcanoMagma Chamber of Thrihnukagigur Volcano, Iceland
  3. poco-encantadoPoço Encantado, Brazil
  4. puerto-princesa-underground-riverPuerto Princesa Underground River, Philippines
  5. cave-of-the-crystalsCave of Crystals, Mexico
  6. waitomo-glowworm-caveWaitomo Glowworm Caves in New Zealand
  7. greenbrier-bunkerGreenbrier Bunker in White Sulphur Springs, WV
  8. basilica-de-san-clementeSan Clemente Basilica and Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini in Rome
  9. forestiere-underground-gardensForestiere Underground Gardens in Fresno, CA
  10. cabinet-war-roomCabinet War Rooms in London

BARCELONA underground … FIGUERES highlights

C I T I N E R A R I E S | BARCELONA underground – FIGUERES highlights

Back to Passeig de Gràcia railway station, right in time for an express train to Dali‘s Figueres. We even had time for a short visit to Casa Amatller‘s kitchen and a snack. Only that the underground cafe clock had the wrong time, so we didn’t understand why our express train was just leaving the station… another missed train, ouch!

After almost a underground hour wait we are on our train trip to Figueres and everything went fine from here. Well, almost, the train back just had an hour delay, so another wait for a train turned into relaxing time.

Train details apart, we were only sorry we had such little time in Figueres, since it’s a very nice and walkable town. We walked straight to Dali’s Theatre-Museum and that was a nice and playful stroll, had a yummy snack at a pastry shop, discovered the Toy Museum of Catalonia but didn’t have the time to visit so adding it to the wish list, and closed the Dali itinerary of this trip at the largest surrealistic object in the world.

More online itineraries for exploring Figueres, extending the visit at the Virtual Museum and enhancing the persistence of memory.

Tabblo: 2009.06.Barcelona-Figueres

T I B I D A B O: On top of the world

C I T I N E R A R I E S | TIBIDABO: On top of the world

Next on our P L A Y list was Tibidabo Park, and we picked it with this modernista route in mind, thus the tram blau itinerary:
metro L7 from Plaça Catalunya
tram blau
Tibidabo funicular

Piece of cake, if it weren’t for the L7 metro station. First we mistakenly went to Passeig de Gràcia metro station only to realize that Gràcia station is a totally different place. Back to Plaça Catalunya, where we searched for a while for the L7 station since there is no underground connection to it. Look for it at the corner of Rambla with Carrer de Pelai.

After this underground detour everything was only fun with the greatest views, Tibidado is a kids favorite!

Tabblo: 2009.06.Barcelona.Tibidabo

Jewellery Museum: It’s My Day!

It’s Monday, not a sun day anymore.
But that’s fine in London where there are so many museums for kids!
Ah, and to make it sweet for families, most of London museums are still free.

It’s pretty early for us before 8AM, and it’s not raining yet. Our place in Chelsea makes it perfect to explore both ways, so we decide to take a morning stroll to Buckingham Palace before the rain starts. It was a nice and peaceful walk, it feels like there’s nobody in London, the bank holiday weekend seems the perfect time to visit London! But there was no guard changing ceremony that day, and that’s just another reason to come back to London!
Still no rain, so we continued our walk to Big Ben since it is a synonym for all towers in the world for our little one. Like many things in England, Big Ben is old, and its clock dial needs a good clean in time for its 150th anniversary party, here’s a virtual tour and a fun fact game: Race Against Chime.

Still no sun, so we decide to …mind the gap… to the “Jewellery Museum“. For our 5-going-on-6-year-young-girl this was a MUST destination, or in her own words: “It’s My Day!
purple_rain_ringWe definitely all enjoyed Victoria and Albert Museum and we’ll visit again every time we’ll have a chance! Especially since we could not get out of the Jewellery Gallery and there are so many nice collections in this museum! I’m not sure I understand all this excessive interest in jewels at this young age, maybe we have a budding jewellery designer because we couldn’t leave the design-a-ring screen for quite a while. Tried it yesterday online again, sent rings to all friends, and learned to read, type and spell some names and words in this design process. Here are more links for kids interested in jewellery design.
To make it perfect for families with kids, V&A has a lovely garden where you can have a picnic and a splash.

It’s hard not to spend a full day at V&A, but we wanted to get an idea at the Wallace and Gromit exhibition too. That was a fun cracking idea, and here are more online cracking challenges.

Finally tired after a full play day we went back to Chelsea to have a family dinner at La Famiglia. Hearty italian food, best panna cotta , kids loved fiori di zucca, but not the pasta, so yes, we might try it again if we’re in the neighborhood.

One last night bus trip to Trafalgar Square, good night London!