We arrived in Barcelona around mid-afternoon and headed to our hotel. We usually build in one splurge hotel each trip and El Palace was our splurge for 2 nights. The staff were very attentive and the hotel was beautifuly decorated. The breakfast buffet included with our room stay was divine. Orange juice is fresh squeezed everywhere you go.
The hotel is locate in the Eixample neighborhood, known for it's wide streets and sidewalks, with bycycle lanes in the middle and out of pedestrian and car traffic. There are loads of fun shops and restaurants as well as gorgeous architecture. Below are a few shots of Casa Batllo - a Guadi design. We didn't go in and I didn't find time to research it.
Day 11 - Sagrada Familia
We purposely took a leisurely morning before taking the 1.25 miile trek to Sagrada Familia. A cathedral, still in the making, designed by Antoni Gaudi. We only had about an hour in the cathedral as it closed in the afternoon, we're assuming for a service. Below are photos from the inside and outside. It has come a long way in the 2 years since I last visited. Refer to our blog from 2013 for more info about the cathedral.
below - selfie in front of Natvity Fascade
below: tree of life at top of Nativity Fascade
below: Passion Fascade
below: cathedral ceiling mimimicing a tree tops in a forest, including how light passes through. The four main pillars dedicated to Matthew, Marc, Luke & John
below: looking up at ceiling and the beginnings of the towers dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Christ
below: the gorgeous venitian stained glass windows, so many more are filled in than when I was last here
As you receive this last posting from our Espana vacation, we are sitting in Heathrow airport awaiting our flight to Seattle. Looking forward to being home and loving on our kitties.
We'll be back in a couple weeks from Honolulu. Till then, here's a photo of that delicious gezpatcho that we just can't stop thinking about. So good! Till next time, Adios.