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Upon our return from Mallorca, we spent several days in Barcelona.  I was there many years ago and didn’t recognize the city at all.  We spent 1 day sightseeing on a “hop- on-hop-off” bus. That is a great way to see a city.  I would do it again.  Don’t forget to buy the 2 day ticket, whicht is the best.

The wonderful and fanciful architect Gaudi’s buildings are all over the city.  I just loved him. I had to revisit his cathedral; Sagrada Familia Basilica.  Unfortunately we went on a Sunday and it was very crowded.DSC01053 copy IMG_2274 IMG_2260 IMG_2273This cathedral has been under construction since 1882.  It is being paid for only by donations.

Gaudi’s Casa Batlló famous “skull and bones” balconies. is fascinating.  The colors that were used came from his take on coral.DSC01034 copyDSC01156 IMG_2247 IMG_2248

La Pedrera, apartment building has to be one of the most unusual apartment building’s ever built.  People were hesitant to rent here because the walls weren’t straight.  This is a museum but from the outside.DSC01039 copy DSC01040 copyWe got off the bus to walk to Park Guell also by Antoni Gaudi. Only we walked the wrong way.  Once we realized our error, we went back to the starting point and decided lunch was in order.  But the restaurant of our choice was small and full.  They agreed to let us buy a take out lunch. DSC01095DSC01088

The children enjoyed the playground here.

If you are really interested in this man, you can take a guided tour of all things Gaudi when you visit Barcelona.