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Barcelona – Day 2

Date: Tue 11th June
Temperature: Warm
Mood: Cheerful
Highlight: Gaudi Again!

We woke from a restful sleep to the sounds of Barcelona early morning peak hour traffic. After a pleasant breakfast that included cereal (a nice change), our host assisted us by purchasing online tickets for Gaudi’s “Sagrada Familia”. His unfinished Cathedral. This simple exercise probably saved us over an hour standing in a queue to get in!

3 Hrs after entering the Cathedral we thought we had better get moving to take in more sights of Barca. Oh, and what did we think of Gaudi’s Cathedra? Both now being experts on Cathedrals with particular emphasis on the Gothic style, you would think we’d surely have an opinion! Well words cannot even come close to describing this masterpiece. You simply have to experience it to believe it! So hopefully some of the photos can speak for it instead. This Cathedral alone is worth the trip to Barca!

Time for some serious sight seeing, so on to the popular tourist hop on, hop off bus. Another 3 Hrs later covering some wonderful sights that Barcelona has to offer in glorious sunshine, we thought we had better grab some lunch (5pm) and head over to another of Gaudi’s works “Casa Batlló”. Another awe inspiring building that simply leaves you spell bound on Gaudi’s brilliance.

After dinner we headed back out in a wonderful barmy evening to see Gaudi’s works under lights and to take a few more photos!

Tomorrow we will finally say goodbye to Spain. We have thoroughly enjoyed everything that Spain has had to offer. Tomorrow is Italy. Lets see what Italy can offer!

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Barcelona – Day 1

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Date: Mon 10th June
Temperature: Warm!
Mood: Apprehensive
Highlight: Gaudi

Flew into Barcelona on a nice warm sunny day. Nice for a change! Pre-arranged to be picked up from airport and dropped off at Ana’s Guesthouse at the north end of town. As it turns out, it’s in a great location (particularly if you want to be central to Gaudi’s work!). Ana has a great apartment and is a great host so a big thumbs up for our accommodation.

After a late start to the day, we headed off to see the main Barcelona strip and the port. We got a couple of hundred meters into our trip when we bumped into a very strange organic looking building. It turned out to be Gaudi’s “La Pedrera” built in the early 1900’s. Our curiosity (primarily due to plain ignorance) got the better of us and we diligently queued up to see what all the fuss about Gaudi is about!

A couple of hours later we came out far less ignorant and in awe of this mans brilliance. Earlier ignorance had judged the fellow a sandwich short of a picnic and at face value it’s not that hard to do. But once we got a deeper look into this one example of his work we were blown away much like our first experiences with the Camino Cathedrals (and of course Barcelona has one of its own).

We will now be rearranging our Barcelona itinerary (not that we really had one) around visiting his other works around town!

We still did manage to see the port and of course the famous La Rambla strip and staggered back home just before 11pm.

Our first impressions of Barcelona are very positive. It’s a great happening city (but there’s something on the nose about their sewerage system!)

Amy – This is a not to be missed city for anyone studying Architecture!

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