Today’s big adventure (after we had licked the chocolate off our fingers and tipped our cups to get the last drips) was to take a Bus Tour of the city.
I had taken a similar bus tour when I had visited London and they are fantastic. You get to sit and ride (we were lucky the weather was good because we were able to sit on the open second tier) and watch the sights while listening to recordings through ear buds. It’s the best way to get the big picture of anywhere you go.
If Barcelona does anything, it celebrates diversity. Take this Gaudi-designed building.
Which is not too far from this street of modern area of stores.
They even make windows look like art!
We got off the bus at the Basilica de Sagrada Familia. The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (remember that first building pictured above?) Construction began in 1882 and they still have miles to go. Gaudi was inspired by all things feminine and natural. His designs have pregnant swollen curves and often depict colorful fruit or plants. There’s a very sensual feel to his work.
Look at that detail. I kept wondering how on earth a person could design such a structure. How could he in the late 1800’s have the architectural knowledge to put this all together?
It’s an incredible structure that is truly breathtaking. Unfortunately, it’s also a huge tourist attraction. The lines were long, it was getting hot, so instead of waiting to get inside, we decided to get back on the bus to visit the art at the MNAC.
But before we got on the bus, we decided to get some water. Just want to show you what Barcelona’s idea of fast food at a food kiosk is.
Not too shabby, eh?
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