Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Flag of Spain  , Catalonia,
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

We took a train from Monaco to Barcelona. We stayed there for a few days, and mostly just walked around and relaxed. After the few days we were there, I like Barcelona a lot. It has so many amazing ancient buildings, from different time periods like the Renaissance and Gothic.
On the first day of Barcelona, I stayed behind and did some school while my mom and Soph went to a big park and did other things.
The first thing I went to was the Sagrada Familia church. It is a really unique church with pointed towers, different from any other I've seen. It was designed by Antoni Gaudi, who is known to be a very unique architect. Later we went to a house that was designed by him. It was called Casa Batllo. It was created with the ocean in mind, with lots of swirls, stained glass windows, rounded walls, and the color blue. It was really cool but probably not something I would want to live in.
We went to the Picasso museum. It had a small alley entrance, but contained over 3,000 works of Picasso. He is known for the messed up faces, but most of his artwork in that museum was pretty normal. We also just walked around the streets near the museum which had a lot of cool buildings, and got some deliciously thick hot chocolate (how they make it here).
On our last full day in Barcelona, we walked around a lot. We went to the most famous street in Spain; La Rambla. I don't know why it's so famous, but it has a lot of shops and a big market with lots of fresh fruit and fancy chocolate. We got banana strawberry and nutella crepes, and tried churros which were pretty good. In the market we got a couple containers of pomegranate seeds, which are just about my favorite snack. We also went down to the docks before getting back on the subway at around 7:15pm. Our mom had a surprise for us that she wouldn't tell us. It ended up being a beautiful fountain...that danced! There was music that played, and the fountain wasn't the best dancer in the world but it was pretty awesome. It was a huge fountain with lots of different sprays. Soph and I climbed up on some columns, and we probably had the best view of it. We just sat and ate our pomegranate seeds as the music played and more people gathered. We stayed until it got dark, and then the fountain lit up. It changed colors and was really cool. The fountain was right in front of an art museum, and there were tons of little fountains near it. It was actually built for the international expo in 1929, then redone with lights for the Olympics in the 1990s. We got more churros and thick hot chocolate to dip them in (it's a thing they do in Spain). It was a great night as we sipped our drinks and watched the fountain. I thought it ended too soon.
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