Saturday, March 30.
Up early to take a bus tour of Barcelona! First a drive through the city streets and up to Castell dels Tres Dragons (Three Dragons Castle), designed by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner for the World’s Fair of 1888, it currently hosts the Zoology Museum of Barcelona. Then on to the Olympic Park, site of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and an impressive view of the city with its contrast of ancient and modern architecture. Back on the bus and on to one of the highlights of our trip, a visit to Sagrada Familia! Designed by Antoni Gaudi, the Sagrada Familia was begun in 1882, but will not be completed until around 2030! When completed it will hold 9000 and be one of the tallest churches in the world at a height of 560 feet. Entering from the east facade one is greeted by Gaudi’s interpretation of the Birth of Christ. The interior of the church is breath taking, with columns resembling tall trees whose limbs intertwine to create a canopy over head with stained glass windows in all the colors of the rainbow creating the walls around you.
The architecture of Gaudi has impacted many areas of Barcelona, including Park Guell, our next stop, and Cassa Batllo. After a full day of sight seeing, we do some shopping at the Las Arena Shopping Mall, a former bull fighting arena that has been repurposed after Barcelona banned bullfighting. Lastly dinner near the harbor; a very full day in Spain!