Barcelona

Barcelona. The land of Catalan and inspired artists. Everywhere you turn you will see something picturesque. Lying next to the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona has a majestic view of the ocean and also included a metropolitan city life. Most of the famous work and tourist sights in the city are done by Antoni Gaudi, a native born architect of Cataluyna.

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Let’s start first with arguably Gaudi’s most famous work, La Sagrada Familia, a famously acclaimed cathedral, which in 2010 was renamed a minor basilica. The design began back in 1882 however, just in 2010, the interior was completed and there is still construction on the exterior which is anticipated to be complete in 2026. I saw La Sagrada Familia both in 2006 and 2009 but am waiting to go back and see it when it isn’t under construction. I suppose I still have a while to wait.

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The outside is stunning with religious imagery covering every inch. On the inside you can see the distinct ceilings and archways that are a signature of Gaudi. There is also a museum that exhibits the stages of development and tell of the history and biography of Gaudi. For tickets you can pay to have a tour guide to explain the history and development or you can take your own guided tour.

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Parc Guell: Next on the Gaudi tour would be Parc Guell. Parc Guell is a very whimsical spot that is like venturing through a Dr. Seuss novel. Once again, you can take guided tours or you can stroll through the park at your leisure.

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Las Ramblas— The shopping district in the center of the city. Along this road are many shops and restaurants and, most inviting of all, there are artists selling their crafts. One of my favorite pieces of artwork I own I bought on Las Ramblas. One thing that we experienced however is that are this part of the city, because it is a such a touristy area, many of the people will speak to you in English, even if you begin the conversation in Spanish. So if you are looking to practice your Spanish, be consistent with your attempts. We eventually gave in to speaking in English for a bit and after spending some time shopping we needed to grab a bite to eat. At one end of Las Ramblas is a Hard Rock Cafe where we had the best nachos ever; mainly because we hadn’t had any type of American food in over 2 months. And the hamburger was delicious!

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Apartment: When we were in Barcelona we decided to rent an apartment instead of a hotel or hostel. It price was fairly cheap and it was nice to have our own kitchen to cook in. One night we had a family dinner with spaghetti!

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Magic Fountain: Last but not least is the Magic Fountain or the Font màgica de Montjuïc in Catalan. Similar to the light and water show that the Bellagio has in La Vegas, Barcelona has a fountain that spouts water and dances to music with lights. The shows happen every night but the hours change depending on the season. Be sure to check this free attraction out!

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