May 8, 2017

Barcelona


This is the hotel we stayed at, SERHS Del Port; I highly recommend it if you're going to be in Barcelona.  It was a small boutique hotel, part of a small Spanish hotel chain; most of their properties are in rural Spain.  All of the personnel spoke great English and were very friendly and helpful.  Our rate included a buffet breakfast and it was wonderful.  Our rooms were spacious and modern.


I was lucky and managed to meet my friend Melissa for dinner at Ciutat Comtal.  She's been living in Madrid for two years and introduced us to the joy of tapas!

Below are some of the street art I snapped while walking around the city.






This guy is a "living statue of Gaudi"


There are two Hop-on Hop-off bus services in Barcelona.  This is the one we used and I recommend it, Barcelona Bus Turistic, not just because it looks like a quilt!  They offer 3 different routes and the buses come about every 5 minutes.

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Things to do in Barcelona, viist the Royal Basilica and Monastery of Montserrat


This is a half-day trip from Barcelona.  We went with Julia Tours, and I recommend them.  The first part of our journey was via tour bus, then we took the train up the mountain to the Monastery.











Everything was very beautiful.



The store was very interesting.  I only took a couple of photos, but it was a large store and they very sampling the house sherry.


Many people were walking up and down the steep steps.


I'm sure this cat has his paws full with the vermin on the mountain.


 For the trip back to Barcelona, the bus met us at the top of the mountain.  The return was via a different route, which I appreciated.
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May 4, 2017

Things to do in Barcelona, visit Sagrada Familia


Construction of Sagrada Família commenced in 1882 by architect Francisco Paula de Villar with Gaudí becoming involved in 1883 after Francisco resigned as the head architect.[5] Taking over the project, Gaudí transformed it with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Gaudí devoted his last years to the project, and at the time of his death at age 73 in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete


Sagrada Familia's construction progressed slowly, as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War, only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Construction passed the midpoint in 2010 with some of the project's greatest challenges remaining[9] and an anticipated completion date of 2026, the centenary of Gaudí's death.







The Portes de la Gloria.


For me, this photo illustrates how important the stained glass is in Sagrada Familia.




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