Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Where ya goin'?....Barcelona


Today was our first complete day in Barcelona....WHAT A DAY!
We woke early, had a breakfast, complete with Spanish Chorizo and, yes, more bread!

After breakfast we, along with our wondrous Claudia our EF Tour Guide, met our local guide, Ellie, and began our amazing bus tour of Barcelona We began with a  tour of the area where our apartment/Hotel is located Mount Juic.  So named because it is the location of the first Jewish Cementary in Barcelona.  

We drove to the top of Montjuic for some amazing vistas of Bareclona.  After a stop for some pics at the peak of Montjuic, proceed to cross Barcelona and take a look at some of the most amazing architects in Europe at the time....Most distinctively, Antoni Gaudi.  

We visited the pout side of his most iconic work, the Cathedral de la Familia Sagrada (Cathedral of the Holy Family.  The work on which began in 1882, and is not finished (expected completion 2026!)  It is a perfect example of Gaudi's ins[irational Art Nouveau style, as is his amazing Casa Batllo (Dragon House) and the fascinating Park Güell, home of the most mind blowing mosaic and tile work.  We were able to see all this and more!

After this time and lunch in the City center.  We just happened to visit on the day of Sant Jordi (St. George)  It is Catalan's version of At. Valentine's day and the streets were filled with people buying roses for each other.

After this amazingly full day, it was on to dinner and then  Spanish subway rode back to the Hotel for some much needed rest!
At the top of Mount Juic

The Dragon House

Gaudi's bench at Park Güell


Amazing mosaic building at Park Güell

Closeup of the bench at Park Güell

The breathtaking Cathedral of La Sagrada Familia by Gaudi (set for completion in 2026)

1 comment:

  1. I finally found the blog...better late than never!!! Barcelona is one of my favorite cities so I really enjoyed the photos and commentary. I see they still have not finished the Catherdral. :-)