It’s Thursday, 20 November 2014.
Ray suggested that we needed to use the hop-on/hop-off bus tour because Barcelona is not a stroll around city – just too big.
We got onto the bus in Plaça de Catalunya. Our
original plan was to stop at one of the Gaudi buildings. Gaudi is a well known architect whose designs are decidedly unique. Unfortunately, the first building wasundergoing extensive maintenance and it wasn’t worth stopping. So we stayed on the bus and got off at the Sagrada Familia basilica.
This is one magical building – and they’re still trying to finish it, as per Gaudi’s design, after over 100 years of building. It is not a cathedral but it was declared a basilica by Pope Ben XVI back in 2010, when the interior had been completed and the pope consecrated the building.
I will have to come back in 5 year increments to see how things are going until they complete it.
The building had such an impact that Nance was nearly brought to tears, at one stage.
After the basilica, we went to Park Güell. This is another spot that Gaudi had a hand in. It was intended to be an exclusive estate but they had trouble selling the blocks so the owners gave it to the city. They now use it as a park.
We had lunch in a cafe in the park and then back onto the bus to travel to the Monestir de Pedrables, a monastery. Unfortunately, we got there at 1345 and it closed at 1400 so we didn’t bother.
We got back on the bus and headed back to the start of the route so that we could visit the cathedral, which is not too far from our hotel.
The cathedral wasn’t as awe inspiring as the basilica, it was quite beautiful and we were glad that we took the time to visit it.
We also visited a church next to our hotel.
It was about 1600 by then so we decided that we had to do the washing. So back to the hotel, grab the washing and walked around the corner to the laundromat. We loaded up the machine, started the washing and walked back to bar next to our hotel and enjoyed a little sit, with a beer, while we waited for the washing to finish. Then back to the laundromat, clothes into the dryer and sit and wait for another half hour. Finally, it was all done.
We have another day in Barcelona tomorrow so we’ll get onto a different route on the bus tour and see some other stuff.