Barcelona, Spain January

What a beautiful city! We really enjoyed our time here. We left on Thursday night and came back the following Sunday. The architecture was very different from Germany and the food was so amazing! We ate at a place called Brunch & Cake the first morning and it was one of the best meals ever! Everything was fresh and most dishes came with lots of fresh fruit. I could have eaten there everyday! If you get time, check out their website (http://www.cupcakesbarcelona.com/shops-brunchcake/?lang=en) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brunch-Cake/235843133182769). It showcases more of their food. I ordered the porridge, a vitamin juice, and a beet root laté. Just look at these photos?

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Beetroot Laté, Porridge with carrot cake crumbles, fresh fruit, and a vitamin juice!

In the afternoon we went to Parc Güell. Parc Güell was built between 1900 and 1914 and today is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. This is a garden complex that houses a series of dynamically designed building, including Gaudi’s house. Most buildings have the “trencadis” (surfaces covered with irregular ceramic pieces) that is characteristic of Gaudi and Art Nouveau. The colonnaded hall and the terrace with serpentine shapes are the most famous places in the park. This park is the perfect place to take a peaceful stroll while enjoying nature and looking at Gaudi’s artwork. Ref: http://www.globotreks.com/destinations/10-gaudi-buildings-barcelona/

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The structors were amazing. This little pigion seamed to love it there.
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Two famous buildings in the park.
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A beautiful iron fence.

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Amy and Bill posing in front of the mosaic lizard.
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I couldn’t help myself. He looked so cute with the red umbrella and the other one looks like he got put in time out with a giant dunce hat. LOL Mason, you’re a cutie.
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The area was so beautiful even the stones beneath your feet were beautiful to look at.

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All of the store-fronts had a gate that came down when closed to protect the door behind it and they were all decorated with beautiful art. I could do an entire book of all the beautiful art on all these garage-type doors.

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The garages we’re super tinny in typical European fashion. So tinny we all had to crawl out the same door to get out of our rental car.

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The elevator was so small and the parking space was worse. Brian drove but had to climb out the back seat side door. It was crazy tight in this garage. Seems to be a running theme in Europe.

And some garages were decorated very differently. This one was very bright and colorful.

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This was the local supermarket, “Super Mercat”. lol

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Some of the houses in town were super cute too.

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This guy just needed a quick nap. Maybe he was dreaming about a money tree.

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Casa Batlló was one of my favorite places to visit. It was really quite spectacular. Casa Batló is the result of a total restoration in 1904 of an old conventional house built in 1877. Gaudi used it for typical constructive elements of the Modernism (Catalan Art Nouveau) that include ceramics, stone, and forged iron. Even though it was highly criticized by the city during construction due to its radical design that broke all the bylaws of the city, in 1906 the Barcelona City Council awarded it the reconstruction of being one of the three best building of the year. Ref:  http://www.globotreks.com/destinations/10-gaudi-buildings-barcelona/

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The outside of the building was beautiful!!
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It was the only building on that row that was lit up. It really stood out.
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Inside are curved walls and beautiful views.
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I’m trying to remember what this room was but if I remember correctly, I think it was meant for water so they had this water fountian to represent what the room was used for.

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This room was beautiful. The windows alone are just gorgeous!

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Gaudi, meet my friends and family! Friends and family, this is Gaudi.
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This was on the roof. Such interesting designs.

Next on the list…The Sagrada Familia.

The Sagrada Familia was massive! Apparently five generations have already witnessed the temple’s rice in Barcelona. Construction continues today and could be finished in 2030. The first stone for the temple was laid on St. Joseph’s Day, March 19th 1882. It signaled the start of the construction, first in the crypt located under the apse, following the Neo-Gothic design drawn up by the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano, the Sagrada Familia’s first architect. After a short while, due to disagreements with the promotors, he resigned from the post of chief architect and the job fell to Antoni Gaudi. If you haven’t figured it out by now Antoni Gaudi had his hand in lots of construction projects in Barcelona. His architecture had a major influence upon the Barcelona people. Gaudi proposed a new and grander design around 1889. Gaudi’s design consisted of a large church with a floor plan based on a Latin cross and soaring towers. It was to be immensely symbolic both architecturally and sculpturally. The first bell tower on the Nativity facade, 100 meters hight and dedicated to Saint Barnabus, was finished on November 30th, 1925. This was the only tower Gaudi saw completed. On June 10th 1926, he died as a result of injuries sustained three days earlier when tragically knocked down by a tram. On June 12th, Gaudi was buried in the Chapel of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the crypt of the Sagrada Familia, where his mortal remains rest to this very day. Ref: http://www.sagradafamilia.org/en/

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This building was huge!!! It started in 1882 and won’t be finished until about 2030! The sun finally came out a bit as the day went on so that’s why the one on the right looks different.
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These photos help you realize how large the main hall is.
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The stained-glass windows were beautiful. One side yellow, red and orange, and the other blue, teal, and green. The one in the middle was from a different area.
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Here is a better close up of the orange, yellow, and red side.
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This is the ceiling between the two colored stain glass sides.
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No I was told that wasn’t Batman, but you could have fooled me.
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One of the many spiral staircases.
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A beautiful door!
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The entrance from the inside.
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The window below the pipes on then left shows another room and somewhere down there Gaudi is buried. The right photo shows more of the inside walls.
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The sun came through on the yellow, read, and orange side and made the inside glow. In the morning I’m guessing the right side casts pretty blue colors.

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Yes it’s a door. A very detailed door.
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This door was so big! There was lots of writing on it and even a hand print. Amy put her hand it it.
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This guy had cute square buns.
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This was in the museum below the main part. Beautiful hand crafted models.
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Original drawings by the architects.
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View from the tower.
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The view walking down the tower.
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Hi Amy!

Here are some other random photos from our trip. We road segways on the countryside. Ate more good food. Found cute lilt shops. Toured the gothic quarter which had more churches and cute shops. It was such a fun time. Hopefully the photos do it some justice. Most of the photos I got of our awesome hotel, (which I highly recommend by the way… Grand Hotel la Florida http://www.hotellaflorida.com/en/) was via my cell phone photos. Brian and I had some issues with rain leaking into our room so they ended up upgrading us to their penthouse room on the top floor. It was amazing!!! I will definitely go back to that hotel. It was very relaxing and beautiful. Anyway, enjoy the rest of the photos!

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In Amy’s defense, the guy had a very trusting face.
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All of us had an accident of some kind on these seaways. Well, all but lucky Bill.
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I recommend this place. It’s called “The Dog Is Hot”
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What kind of juice do you need?

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We had some of this octopus. It was really good. Spain does seafood really well actually.

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If you have time, read about this lady. She’s the one buried in that coffin.

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Hi Brian!
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A restaurant on the corner roasting chicken.

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Mason chasing bubbles.

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The flower lady. Pay her a euro and you can take a photo with her or in front of the church.
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Beautiful Barcelona streets.
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It was rainy but that didn’t stop us.

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Bill and his red umbrella.

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Mason being cute.
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Morning sunrise and fog over one of the churches. This was the view from our hotel.
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This dog was cute. Just playing in the grass alone while his owner played on his phone.
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This looked like a very cool and old school circus! It was very neat.
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Creeper Bill. LOL
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Ok, help me out! What instrument is this? It sounded so pretty.

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Another side of the traveling circus.

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Go Bill Go!

That’s it for now! Our next trip is Belgium this weekend. There’s a beer festival going on. I have been told the town looks like a fairytale. I can’t wait. Until next time! (((Hugs to all)))

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