Rainy day in Barcelona

 

La Sagrada Familia is not the only site to see in Barcelona- although in my opinion it is the best! Gaudi also designed other houses, parks, and buildings that are worth the time, and sometimes $, to go see.  Unfortunately for me, my cash was running very low (since my ATM card was turned off for fraudulent use 5 minutes before my flight to Spain) so I could only partake in free activities for most of today.  Park Guell designed mostly by Gaudi is a perfect free attraction and a must-see one too.

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The benches are my favorite part with their bright colored tile work.

You have to walk up a giant hill from the main road unless you take a cab all the way up. Buses can’t get through on the narrow streets.

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It was super-crowded when we arrived.  The day before was pouring down rain so a lot of people were making up for not coming the day before, plus there were two cruise ships in port.

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10 years ago I took this same photo.  It was very hot and sunny that day and the pictures turned out a little brighter and better.  Oh well, I guess I’ll have to come back in 10 years and try again 🙂

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Park Guell started out being built as part of a housing edition in 1900 and was finished in 1914.  Gaudi lived there for a while in one of only two houses that were ever built.

Later that night we ate at a great restaurant and had some pink bubbly- known as Cava in these parts.

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We stopped for fancy desserts on the way home because it was pouring rain again.

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Lime and basil goodness.

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Orange and chocolate something or other that had my tourmates oooh-ing and aaah-ing.

That is the end of my Spain vacation (tear). My next post will be a wrap-up of the best sights, food, cities, and experiences so you all can better plan your Spain trips that I know you will take in the future.

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