Parc de la Ciutadella; Barcelona

So this was my first actual sight seeing around Barcelona! This famous Barcelona park is located only about a 5 minute walk from my residence and has a long history behind it. It now a days famous for being the “Green Lung” of Barcelona with its incredible relaxing pathways, miniature lake with row boats for rental and the Barcelona Zoo. It also houses the Catalonian Parliament Building on the far north corner of the park. Small bit of history about the park! After the Spanish Succession, Felipe V of France razed the local neighbourhood of La Ribera to build a huge citadel (Ciutadella) in the centre of the city to keep watch over the rising Spanish against the French occupation. Then after the Spanish took over it was used as a political prison and then in 1869 it was given back to the spanish people before the Universal Exposition in 1888.

Now it used as a daily stroll for me to my university and also the location for my yoga classes!

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About JR Hammond

Hello everyone my name is JR Hammond and I am currently on an international exchange at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona Spain. I would have been entering my third year in the Rotman Commerce Program at the University of Toronto St. George campus but I decided to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to explore Europe. I will be living in Barcelona for the entire year and I will be posting and blogging about all the adventures that a student of my interests could have in this incredible city. I am a social and sporty person so my blogs will be vary from everything from volleyball, bars and parties, traveling, to as simple as which bakery sells the best bread! I hope you enjoy my adventures of the September 2012 to June 2013 school year!

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