We have to go back!
Tuesday 31 May 2011 - Wednesday 1 June 2011
After enjoying several days in Madrid, we took a high speed train back to Barcelona (we needed to be there for our flight to Athens) and took the opportunity to catch the sights we had missed several days prior when we were more or less entirely concerned with the Primavera Sound music festival.
Having already seen some of these places during my trip in February, I was excited to return and show them to Nick, Gerst, and Noah.
Our first stop (on this much-warmer-than-February day) was Parc Guell, one of the city's famous sites designed by famous architect (and artist?), Gaudi. His works are beautiful, combining architecture and nature in oddly smooth ways. That, and his use of mosaic tiling make his works easily identifiable throughout the city.
I was pleased to see that I hadn't found all the wonders of the park on my first trip. Wandering around in the hill area surrounding the main plaza, we found a circling staircase up to a point that offered a breathtaking 360 degree view of Barcelona, from the Mediterranean coast all the way to the hills in the north!
Making our way out of Parc Guell, we hopped the now incredibly-familiar green metro line down to La Sagrada Familia, another famous Gaudi structure. The massive cathedral, notable for its mix of four very distinct architectural styles, has been under construction for over 100 years, and still isn't complete! Even with cranes and scaffolding though, the detailed sculpture and looming towers prove a very impressive sight.
We woke early the next morning, and headed straight for the beautiful Barcelona airport (honestly, one of the best airports I've ever been in), wildly excited for our upcoming sailing trip in the Greek Islands!