Barcelona: Gaudí, Gaudí and more Gaudí
Trip Start Feb 06, 2011
44Trip End Sep 15, 2011
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Our next stop was the Basilica de la Sagrada Família, the most critically acclaimed work of the architectural genius, Antoni Gaudí. It was hands down the most incredible and fascinating cathedral I've ever seen in my life
The girls wanted one last hurrah at the beach before returning to an unseasonably cold summer in Vancouver so we hit up Barceloneta beach. There were so many people that I was thoroughly convinced that the entire city took a day off to escape the heat and enjoy the sea breeze . Our final destination required us to "hike" 150m up to Park Güell, a failed housing development turned garden complex created by none other than Gaudí. We got our pictures with the infamous mosaic lizard and witnessed a very entertaining police raid of vendors illegally selling souvenirs
We had one more day in Barcelona before we would go our separate ways but there was one slight problem... I had no flight out of Barcelona! Originally, I had planned to continue exploring Spain and visit the southern cities of Seville and Grenada. With temperatures consistently above 40 degrees in those areas, there was no way I was going to survive the heat. When I found out that the locals escape to the north during the summer, it was a clear sign that I needed to steer clear of the region. I tried looking for cheap flights to anywhere in Europe but i wasn't quite ready to say goodbye to the sun either. I finally settled on Mallorca, an island off the southeastern coast of Barcelona. I vowed this would be first and last time I book a flight less than 24 hours before departure!