Aug 20, 2019 @

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Sagrada Familia Church Barcelona

Barcelona awesome visit indeed! Unlike our trip to Amsterdam, the Barcelona visit was surprisingly great. I have to admit l was a bit ambivalent about the city. The reason being that we are Real Madrid football fans, and we loved our Madrid trip. Barcelona, on the other hand, l didn’t really know much about , save for their football team.

I did know about the Sagrada Familia, a church l was curious to see. Much to my delight, the city had not only this beautiful masterpiece of Antoni Gaudi, it had really interesting architecture throughout . We spent a total of 4 days wandering and soaking in the beautiful Catalan culture.

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The ceiling of the Sagrada Familia..insane right??

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How cool is that ceiling in the Sagrada Familia church?


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Wonderful stain glass artwork are plentiful in the Sagrada Familia interior.



You could literally spend hours inside the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. And we did!


sagrada familia interior

One of the must visit in Barcelona is the Sagrada Familia. Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece.


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Check out Gaudi’s really small bed! Find out all about his life and death down the stairs inside the Sagrada.


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We waited a really long time for the church to clear out to get these pics because of the crowds.!


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Front view of the Sagrada Familia. It is really a sight to behold.

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Our hotel (Ayre  Rosellon Hotel) was located a stone’s throw away from the Sagrada Familia. You can search for it or other  hotels in Barcelona here. Our first day was spent within the walls of the Sagrada. I had purchased our tickets online thankfully, as this saved us hours of standing in a very very long line that wrapped around the building. We were directed to the other side, our tickets scanned on the phone, and bang.. we were in like Flint.

Words alone can not describe the beauty of the interior. It was beyond anything l could have imagined. The stained glass works, the altar, the stairs, the details that went into it all. We spent a few hours walking through the bottom floor, seeing how they put the wood pieces together. We learned what inspired him, – nature (honeycomb, tree of life, etc ). We watched the movie about his life, both in Spanish and English. I didn’t even mind waiting till most of the crowds had left (closing time) so we could have people free pictures because it was crowded!

It was great looking at old photos of him. They even had some old designs that he had made while at the University of Barcelona that were discovered after his death. He lived a humble life from what l could see.  A single bed! when one would have imagined that a man in his position would have all the trappings of wealth.

My first thought had been that this was a Walt Disney gone mad kind of tribute to God. I felt differently after seeing it. I am so glad we toured inside. It is well worth the €14.85 per entrance fee and l recommend it highly. He died an old man, after getting hit by a train and had a grand funeral. It is hopefully destined for completion  by 2026, exactly 100 years after his death.

It was fun to wander down Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya, as well as  the Gothic Quarter. It was also fun to now recognize Gaudi’s other works as we went about the city. A change from my love for Impressionism.

I loved the wide streets and loved the Avenue Diagonal Barcelona, with all it’s fancy stores.

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Too bad the Louis Vuitton were closed! I was going to buy a lot! :0)) .. mmm….Yeah

Related: El Born Barrio

We tried to visit the Picasso museum, but once again, the wait was just too long. It was hot and the line stretched way down that little narrow street. I left the husband in line while l went to see just how long the line was. It took me almost 5 minutes to get to the front. the NO! Granted, it was free admission at that time (Sunday after 3), but we tried again the next day, willing to pay,  but it was still long.

I have an aversion to long lines. I’m the person who used to pay $49 to get into Magic Mountain or $60 for Disneyland, then refused to stand in ridiculously long lines to ride for 20 seconds. I’ve become even fussier with age.. :o)

Plaza Catalunya

Plaza Catalunya Barcelona. A must visit in Barcelona. Boy, were those buses full!!!


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Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona – a nice place to people watch. One of my favorite parts of the city.


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Lovely vistas in the city, including this fountain with the lovely sorounding houses and plaza. Bet they have good views from the top of the buses.

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Barcelona – our awesome visit included plenty of tapas and tinto verano, the Spanish version of sangria. Spanish life is all about working a bit, and relaxing a lot. It was hard to get used to at first, but we are making progress.


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Lots of wonderful sights and people watching, not to mention museums to satisfy everyone.


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Lots of goth inspired buildings. If you’re a Gaudi fan, you will be pleased. Another must visit in Barcelona is the Gaudi park which we only passed, but did not visit this time. Gives us a reason to come back!

Las Ramblas Barcelona:

  • A wide pedestrian street with mature trees
  • Three quarter mile long
  • Between the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) and El Raval barrios
  • Visit the Boqueria
  • Ideal melting pot. Spot visitors from all over the world visiting the most famous street in Barcelona
  • Watch the side walk artists – Still statue performance artists and famous movie stars abound
  • *Caution* – watch your pocketbook and wallet. Even with the police presence, there is an awful lot of opportunistic theft.
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“Marilyn” on Las Ramblas, one of the most touristy parts of Barcelona. Definitley lots of eye catching art if you look up while walking on the Barcelona Ramblas. Watch out for pickpockets though as you jostle your way through the crowds.

Of course we had to go by Camp Nou, the Barcelona football club Stadium. I was quite impressed by their official store, l must say. It was so beautiful, we were almost tempted to buy a jersey or 2! We happily wandered about with the fans and took pictures.

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Where to go in Barcelona? Football lovers should visit Camp Nou. This is the entrance. Don’t tell them l prefer Real Madrid :-)


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Camp Nou Barcelona team football store


Kubala Stecz statue at camp nou barcelona with man posing.

I did like meandering around Camp Nou Barcelona though, and hearing about their history from Federico who loves everything football! He is a walking encyclopedia.


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Is that impressive or what! Camp Nou interior

To plan your own awesome visit to Barcelona, start here. My best tip for a Barcelona vacation is to have comfortable shoes on, especially on the cobble stones. You do a lot of walking :-).

Find best hotels in Barcelona here

Best places to visit in Barcelona include:

  • Sagrada Familia
  • Camp Nou
  • Plaza Catalunya
  • El Born
  • Poblenou
  • Gothic Quarter
  • Barceloneta and check out the W hotel
  • Park Güell for Gaudi’s work
  • La Rambla
  • Ciutadela Park
  • MNAC Barcelona

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Have you been to Barcelona? Is it a place that you would like to visit or is it a must miss for you?