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... talk about a job for life. All around you will see fabulous photos of the front of the church with all this construction work carefully (or not so in the case of the cheap postcards) photoshopped out. Anyone looking at those photos before arriving would be sadly disappointed I think.
The entrance doors at the front Nativity facade are covered in leaves with bugs hidden amongst them. Those at the back (passion facade) are covered in words interspersed with ...
... floats beneath a parasol over the altar area. It left me a little uncertain about the entire effect. The audioguide was punchy re information. Overall, I prefer Gaudi the home designer than Gaudi the church builder.
En route home got some medication for the dry cough [6.95E]; at that price it should also mix drinks. Home again for a half hour or so. With no Esther we can readily eat earlier, important tonight with an early start tomorrow.
... to the place. The monument area is the park center and it had amazing views of the city of Barcelona all the way down to the sea. It has Gaudi's Modernista aesthetic all over with mosaic glass, curves in the design and plays on nature. Now that I have spent a day with Gaudi, I feel like an expert. It is incredible to see how one man shaped the city of Barcelona. This really helped me put the whole story of the city of Barcelona ...
... it was time to find our platform. Once we got there we were nicely surprised that the train was really nice and it's one of the high speed trains too!! We had so much leg room and the seats were comfy. Man why couldn't the Trenhotel be like this train...it was wayyyyy nicer! We had a nice easy train ride, they even play movies on the train too, in Spanish though haha! We soon got to Barcelona 3 hours later as this train got up to 300km per ...
... s sleep and Maria had prepared us some breakfast and coffee before we decided to hit the beach.
Getting to the beach at about 11am it was already pretty busy but we found ourselves a spot and lapped up the sun and the heat, being Europe there was your standard amount of topless bathers and overly tanned individuals.
After a couple of hours at the beach we headed back to get ready for our walking tour.
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