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Barcelona Day 3: Park Guell, Sagrada Familia, Beaches, Boqueria Market, Fish spas!

Our last day in Barcelona was the most intense.  We started the day off bright and early to visit the Park Guell, another whimsical creation by Antoni Gaudi.  The place was like an Alice in Wonderland amusement park.  Everything from the stairs to rooftops had its own unique personality.    Next stop was the highly anticipated monster of a church, the Sagrada Familia.  Antoni Gaudi passed away before the church was even close to being finished and it is still under construction to this day.  The structure is so massive there was no way to take a decent photo of it without going arial.  There are tons of cranes and scaffold around it so the exterior is not the most aesthetically attractive.  Here’s an image pulled from the web on what the final product will look like. I thought the exterior was very impressive, but the interior completely blew me away.  I understood right away why the Sagrada Familia was a must see and worth the insane wait.  That said, I HIGHLY recommend that you …

Navigating the Streets of Barcelona

With a full day of walking ahead of us, there was only one right way to start the morning off; with one big cappuccino.  Spanish coffee is not bad I must say.   Our first stop was an old church that was a recommended stop by our tour guide from yesterday.  It was nice, but having seen a fair share of religious buildings it was nothing spectacular.  It was also quite difficult to find given it was tucked away in a quiet area.    After that we headed to the shopping area near Las Ramblas and proceeded to shop til we dropped.  There were SO many sales going on and I found the Zaras and H&M’s in Europe had noticeably better merchandise.  Every time I walked into an H&M I would come back out with something… and this almost never happens at home.  Here’s the damage. Settling down for a quick lunch in between shopping.  Sandwiches in Europe are 10x better than ones in Toronto…   Finally, the main architect star in Barcelona is none other than THE Antoni …

Sampling Tapas in Barcelona!

Our next stop was Barcelona, Spain.  This city surprised me in so many ways.  Not only was it very clean with a developed subway system, but the it had an uplifting sort of spirit which made me want to bust out patterns, prints and all sorts of bright colors to match the mood.  Our flight arrived at a really awkward time so we decided to join our hostel’s walk about tour to get a feel of the city before we went exploring on our own.   Our first stop was Las Ramblas, the most famous street in Barcelona.  Apparently there’s not much to it except for a fact that all the tourists flock there.  The streets are lined with restaurants and retail stores and some works of art from Gaudi tucked in the corners.     We then went about admiring some of the Spanish architecture      There are two typical things that a tourist wants to try while in Spain: Tapas and paella.  Think of tapas as Spanish appetizers.  The Spanish usually hop …