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Steph at La Sagrada Familia!!

Barcelona is GREAT!!!

Day 1 - We took a walk down Las Ramblas, the main street of Barcelona! This street is pumping with pedestrians, shops, street performers and every sort of animal for sale...including little turtles! We checked out the fruit and veg market and enjoyed looking at all the stalls and their interpretation of food hygiene! We then walked to the marina and indulged in a frappuccino overlooking the waterfront! In order to burn this off, we climbed up the steep hill to Montjuic - the Central Park of Barcelona. The views were great and we also got to witness a police raid on some local peddlers!! We then walked down to the Olympic Stadium from 1992 which was quite cool. That night we went to a Tapas dinner and flamenco show!! It was great experiencing tapas which I enjoyed and washed down with my new found love.

La Pedrera apartments.
..Sangria (its some heavenly mixture of red wine, lemonade and fruit)!! The flamenco show lasted an intense half hour...the group of performers was fantastic and the pace the man moved his feet at was incredible.

Day 2 - The start of our Gaudi adventure... We went to La Sagrada Familia, which began construction in 1882. Only 8 of the 18 bell towers are complete but they are amazingly awesome! The architecture inside is beautiful...Gaudi had a passion for nature and I am inclined to agree! We spent several hours here, did an audio guide and climbed up some of the towers!! Loved it all! From there we went to La Pedrera (some apartments he designed), which are also great, not a single straight line anywhere! As a special treat, we took ourselves to see The Da Vinci Code, as we have just both finished the book.

The room of Columns at Parc Guell!
The spanish subtitles were interesting, and we both liked the movie. Afterwards, we walked a long the beachfront and found a restaurant for dinner. By the way, meal time here is not the norm....lunch is about 2pm and dinner does not start until at least 9pm. Although siesta is in the middle, I still find it a bit hard to get used to! We enjoyed our first spanish paella, with sangria of course...overlooking the water!

Day 3 - We thought we could do all of Gaudi in one day but we were wrong! We saw a second lot of his apartments, Casa Battlo, which he did in an underwater theme. Loved it again!! From there we went out to Park Guell where I met the famous mosaic dragon! We wandered around the gardens and enjoyed more of his crazy but fantastic architecture!

Day 4 - Today we checked out the shopping scene both clothing and Gaudi souvenirs! In the afternoon, we went to Parc Ciutadella and enjoyed the ginormous "Cascade" water feature. That night we were able to save some money and cook our own pasta dish...with sangria...of course!!!

Although I was sad to leave Barcelona, my spanish experience is not over yet....Valencia, Madrid and San Sebastian await!!!

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Steph at La Sagrada Familia!!
Steph at La Sagrada Familia!!
La Pedrera apartments.
La Pedrera apartments.
The room of Columns at Parc Guell!
The room of Columns at Parc Guell!
More Parc Guell...
More Parc Guell...
Dinner backpacker style with Sangr…
Dinner backpacker style with Sang…
Barcelona
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