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A Spanish Love Affair

Una historia de Amor español

Did I get your attention with my title? For all of you who told me you were sure I'd meet a handsome Spaniard and fall in love, well.... that hasn't happened yet unfortunately, but I did have a one day love affair with BARCELONA!! I have limited weekends left in Spain so I decided to book a quick trip to Barcelona. I really only had one full day there which was not enough! I truly loved what I saw of this beautiful city. I took a bike tour so I could see the highlights in a speedy manner. A British guy named Steve was our guide. He was full of great information!

First stop, La Sagrada Familia (What Gaudi was working on at the time of his death in 1926)
This was the "Gothic" side of the church & my favorite side. I found it very intriguing. It has sort of a melting castle appearance. To the left you can see a newer part of the building.

This was the curvilinear side.

I found this building quite interesting. Steve said that it is predicted to be completed by 2026, 100 years from Gaudi's death. From the beginning it was meant to be multidimensional including different styles of architecture and different eras of time. Steve thinks it will collapse before completion because the foundation may not be strong enough to hold when a high speed train line between Perpignon and Barcelona is completed and starts running right beneath it. Hmm, I would assume the engineers are anticipating this and reinforcing the foundation. Just in case, good thing I saw it now!

We also visited The Cascada, an arch and water fountain built in 1888 for the Universal Exhibition. It was loosely based on the Trevi fountain in Rome and Gaudi assisted. He was a student at the time.

Of course we also visited the beach. A beach is a beach is a beach though.

The bike tour was a great choice for having such a short time.

For the rest of the afternoon and evening I walked around some of the different neighborhoods. There were a ton of great food options for dinner which was a welcome break from Salamanca!
I love you Barcelona! :-)

Posted by Kristinh 08:06

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You are right - it appears to be a beautiful city! Glad you were able to see it. Mom

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