Todd & I at 3:00 AM with his big beer
We arrived in Barcelona early in the afternoon and checked into our hotel. We walked around the city a bit, grabbed some food, and made it an early evening since we were pretty tired.
My parents, Todd, and I got up early Saturday morning to see the sights in Barcelona. Our first stop of the day was to the most famous sight in Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia. It's a Catholic church that has been under construction since 1882 and isn't expected to be finished for another 20 years or so. Antoni Gaudi was a famous Spanish architect who designed the church. It has taken so long to complete because of all the intricate details and the fact that it's construction is supported solely on private donations and the money from the admission to get in.
A poster announcing the Pope is visiting La Sagrada Familia in November
One side of La Sagrada Familia
A view of part of the ceiling inside
Some of the intricate details on the outside
The other side of La Sagrada Familia....you can see all the construction work
It was an amazing sight to see but after a few hours wandering around inside, outside, and in the museum, I was ready to go. We headed down a street with some other famous buildings that Gaudi designed.
Todd & I on a mosaic bench designed by Gaudi
An apartment building designed by Gaudi with a great rooftop terrace
One last building by Gaudi....the front of the building was covered in colored designs
We walked down La Rambla, a street in central Barcelona that is very crowded with tourists and locals. Along the way, there were many street vendors and performers trying to earn a living.
Off the main street, we stopped in the market for a quick walk around. I was curious what the market in Barcelona would have that's different than in the U.S.
Lots of fresh fruits & veggies....I noticed bananas were really expensive there too
And lots of disgusting animal products like tongue, brains, and heads
We walked all the way down to the lower end of La Rambla to the Columbus Monument. The monument was built to remember that this is where Christopher Columbus stopped after his famous trip. You can tell that at the top of the monument, he's pointing to America.
We were able to take an elevator to the top of the monument and have some amazing views of the city.
A view of Barcelona from the top....you can see La Sagrada Familia in the back with the construction
View of La Rambla
View of the port & cruise ships
Todd & I posing on the lion at the bottom of the monument
We stopped for a quick afternoon snack and took a quick nap before heading out for some more walking along La Rambla and a late dinner.
Todd with a homemade waffle topped with gelato
Todd & I on the balcony of our hotel room
The restaurant where we ate dinner
Real Spanish Sangria....delicious!
After a great night of sleep, we got up on Sunday morning and had breakfast before heading over to the port to get aboard our cruise ship, Voyager of the Seas, for the week.
Best hot chocolate of my life....it was so thick, it was literally melted chocolate and no milk