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Sagrada familia

Today started rather damp and gloomy... much to our disappointment. But undeterred, we walked into central Barcelona. Our first port of call was the Sagrada Familia, possibly not the best place to start, but the thing I most wanted to see, so that was where we went. It is, as I had been warned one monumental building site, but no amount of reading or looking at pictures could prepare you for the vastness and depth of the the reality. It was the detail that blew me away, the fruit, the doves and geese, the word SANCTUS inscribed over and over on the spires... I could go on and on... I could have stayed for hours and still found new things to see.

After the Sagrada we had lunch in a nearby cafe and then headed by metro to the Palau de la Musica Catalana. This was my biggest disappointment of the day, the whole thing was swathed in scaffolding and very clearly closed all we could do was grab the tiniest glimpses of its beauty.

So instead we headed to the cathedral, which is also scaffolded outside at the moment, but was still open for business and was unaffected within. The interior is a typical dark gothic cathedral, though not unattractive as they go, but by contrast the cloister area is light and bright and there we met the famed geese. We also caught a lift up to the roof, this was well worth the wait, and afforded great views over the rooftops of Barcelona.

The weather had cleared during the course of the day and we returned to our hotel in bright sunshine and clear blue skies. We all went to the hotel pool for a swim and enjoyed the sun, then it was across the road for dinner....

So ends our first full day in Barcelona!


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Aug. 9th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
Great pics! I've always wanted to see Sagrada Familia.

Glad you are having fun! Now, I want to hear some FOOD details :)
Aug. 9th, 2007 05:49 am (UTC)
FOOD - let me see, breakfast - bacon, eggs and mushrooms, big bowl of fruit, pineapple yoghurt and a small pastry. Lunch - paella, chicken and seafood, very good! Dinner - mexican, mixture of burritos,enchiladas,quesadilas...and margaritas - also pretty good. Also a couple of little meringue things midafternoon which were particularly delicious!!:)
Aug. 9th, 2007 10:23 am (UTC)
Great! We didn't go up to the roof in the cathedral - Colin went to the roof of the Sagrada. I don't go up things - not even in lifts if I can help it. The views from Tibidabo and from the upper terrace at Park Guell were good.

When you go to La Pedrera you'll get more info about Gaudi's plans and designs, including the Sagrada. While we had the car we tried to visit a crypt outside the city that was one of his trial projects before the Sagrada, but it was closed.

Pity about the Palau. Judith lent me a book about it but we didn't get in (arrived at the wrong time and hadn't time to go back) so I'm as much 'in the dark' as you!!
Aug. 9th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
I go up everything possible, but the towers at the Sagrada were closed yesterday... maybe because it was so damp... not sure! However I got plenty of fabulous views today from Montjuic, see tonight's entry for details and photos!
Aug. 11th, 2007 09:45 am (UTC)
Ooh ooh thank you, I shall be taking more time to drool over these pics during the week ahead! I love them and I'm so glad you're there!!
Aug. 11th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
Glad you're enjoying the pictures! I'm enjoying taking them...
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