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Published: June 26th 2017
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This morning started with a coffee and some tasty pastries in a local coffee shop. Before we bravely ventured into the metro system and got on the metro to Sant Pau Recinte Modernista. This was a former hospital which was a beautiful building. The architecture in Barcelona is so detailed and stunning. After this we took a stroll down to the Sagrada Familia basilica, which was stunning even though it is still under construction, so the varying styles were interesting. This was a popular place and the queues were too long to consider joining, especially as this was the hottest day of our time here yet.
We then wondered down to the Toros monument de Barcelona, this was another former bullring but this one had been transformed into museum. We then decided to enjoy the sunshine and sat in the sunshine with a cold beer and met a cute puppy who was similar to Rory at that age. Adorable! After this we continued to venture onwards till we came across the Torre Agbar, which was the Barcelona equivalent to the Gerkin. Although this one had hundreds of lights in which at night various patterns appear on it.
we hopped on the metro again to visit the Park Guell. To get there meant a walk up some steep hills and then a few handy escalators. The park itself was a park designed by the infamous Gaudi (we've not heard of him but apparently he is big deal). The park was built on a hill so lots of climbs, but it was a beautiful park and was very popular. The views it provided over the city were pretty impressive.
After this we headed down to the Passeig de Gracia, which was shopping heaven! First a quick drink stop and then a wander down this street daydreaming about all the beautiful clothes, shoes and handbags contained within. Ono this street we saw the 'La Pedrera' Casa Mia which was once again a beautiful building hidden within this shopping street. Further down there was the Casa Batllo which was another Gaudi masterpiece and was a house designed/inspired by him. The facade was like a fairytale and extremely pretty.
After a small pit stop back at the hotel for coats (the nights are a bit chillier) we went into the Gothic Quater. We went and viewed inside the Cathedral. This was outstanding and
so much bigger than it appeared on the outside. We were lucky as we got in just as the gates were closing!
Now on the hunt for dinner we rambled on bumping into the city hall on the way, and we made it to Las Ramblas. We decided on somewhere for dinner which in hindsight was a mistake as it wasn't that tasty at all! Desert was needed so we located a frozen yoghurt shop and tasted the delights of this. Then found a diner which served cocktails and had the football on so we could watch that. Then it was off to bed for well earned rest.
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