We have reached the final day of sightseeing in Spain before catching an early morning flight back to Singapore the next day. At my last trip to Barcelona in 2014, I managed to watch the FC Barcelona match at Camp Nou but did not get to visit the Museum. Therefore I prioritised my time to visit Camp Nou which was walking distance from the hotel I was staying.
After breakfast at the hotel, I walked to Camp Nou that houses the FC Barcelona Museum on its ground floor. I did not make the online booking for the ticket, so I had to queue behind a long trail of football fans for the entrance tickets.
After getting my entrance ticket to the Museum, I crossed the bridge linking to the building that houses the Museum.
Along the bridge, there are pictures of Lionel Messi, an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Messi is the only football player in history to win five FIFA Balloon d’Or awards, four of which he won consecutively, and a record-tying four European Golden Shoes.
Futbol Club Barcelona (FC Barcelona) is a professional football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, English and Catalan footballers and the club has become a symbol of Catalan culture and Catalanism. The Club is own and operates by supporters. It is the second most valuable sports team in the world and the world’s second-richest football club in terms of revenue.
Once inside the Museum, I was immersed in the club’s history and achievements through the photographs, interactive displays, trophies, and other memorabilia. The city’s world-famous soccer club has an importance that extends far beyond sports, serving as a cherished symbol of Catalan identity and a focus for political loyalties. As the club’s slogan claims, it is truly: “More than a club.”
Following are a few of the anniversary commemorative posters over the years:
Due to Messi’s amazing accomplishments as a footballer, there is a Messi’s Space dedicated to Messi’s awards.
I did not get to do the stadium tour as they were preparing the stadium for a match in the evening. Fortunately, they allowed visitors to view the stadium and take pictures at the audience gallery.
Whether you are a football fan or not, Camp Nou tour and watching a match by FC Barcelona are both must-dos when you visit Barcelona.
After bidding farewell to FC Barcelona, I headed to the mall and had Japanese udon for lunch as I was craving for some Asian comfort food.
Then I hopped on the Barcelona Tourist Bus, checking out the city along the way to Passeig de Gracia and visited the Apple Store.
After all the window shopping and taking more pictures along the way, I had traditional Spanish food, paella and tapas for my last dinner in Spain before heading back to the hotel. Glad I have been discipline, did not make any impulsive purchases, else I will end up having to declutter and disown stuff when I am home.
The day has come to leave Spain. It has been a wonderful trip, both business and holiday. I enjoyed myself and glad that I ventured out to Madrid and Toledo. Always good to see different parts of the world to open up my horizon and view in life.
Goodbye Spain…till we meet again.
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