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... of cathedrals built across Europe for the last thousand years, on the other it is thoroughly post modern with some flourishes the devout find disturbing.
With a little poetic license, the wise men to Mary's left in the photo strangely resemble Darth Vader's Imperial Star Fleet fighters in Star Wars. The faceless, crucified Jesus does not wear a loin cloth.
The Sagrada Familia is the No. 1 tourist attraction in all of ...
... baroque style of decoration on the facade that incorporated things like Greek temple-like bay windows; plasterwork of flowers, animals, dragons; and pastel tile work adorned the outside facade. Just screams "subtle" right? Yes, the block of Discord lives up to its name. Finally we made our way down to the Placa de Catalunya, which symbolically divides the city into north (newer part) and south (older part). Today was another holiday in Catalunya, and the square was ...
... to sell bootleg beer.
We head in down more crazy confusing side streets, which lead into plazas and
squares. It is a much different set up that we have ever seen before. We are
well and truly lost and it is as if the huge looming art sculpture of barbed
wire cascading upwards is laughing at us. We look on our maps for where we are
but no reception or wifi is killing us. After an unhelpful stop in a hotel
where the man at the front desk’s only ...
... identified and removed (then hopefully burnt) before we can take off.
Flight was fine, couple of vodkas, Radio 4 podcasts and two and bit hours later we're landing. Going through customs and we get the chance to go through the new ABC passport control, totally automatic and only available on the new passports, 18 and from Europe. It's ASDA self check out all over again! Old people new technology = delays!!
Put the passport in the scanner and look ...
... however it's a sight you can only truly appreciate when you see it yourself. After spending close to two hours on the mountain top we headed down to the famed Monastery where the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus appeared from the rock face and the church was built around it. With temperatures plummeting we soon called time on our trip and essentially Barcelona. However today was a day we will never forget. Xoxoxo #ourbagsareunder20kgarealchristmasmirca ...