Barcelona, Spain Day 5 - La Sagrada Familia

Trip Start Jun 25, 2008
Trip End Sep 01, 2008

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Flag of Spain and Canary Islands  , Catalonia,
Saturday, July 26, 2008

If I could figure out a way to get Ella to stop sucking her thumb it would make me really happy. (I once tried the route of putting hot sauce on her finger, but she cried so desperately in fear I couldn't bring myself to follow through ... plus, knowing her precociousness, she would probably just develop a love for hot sauce!) Anyhow, I bring this up now because her darn thumbsucking has kept me up since 5am. DOH!

Up and at 'em at 9am. Janice, once again, has kicked major butt and gotten the bags all packed the night before and we do a tandem job cleaning, taking care of the kids, and final packing. At 11am, we head out for the day's adventures.

First stop, coffee and internet for Juanita. We find a great table and order up some coffee, just as a big whiff of raw fish makes its way up our nostrils. Interesting placement here in the market. Coffee to the left, fish market to the right. And nothing says "Yum! Great coffee!" quite like a fish market does. Janice does some work on the internet while me and the kids run around outside and play catch. Its so cute, Samuel and Ella got these kid's version Swiss Army Knife type things on the SpanAir flight we caught in to Barcelona, ... and Samuel is obsessed with it. Always wants it. Always holding it. Loves playing with it. ... Its pretty cool. Has a pen, pencil, eraser, magnifying glass, storage spot. He's named it, "Middle" ... and sometimes pretends its a robot. Janice can get him to do chores now by asking Samuel to ask Middle to do it.

Anyhow, we are playing catch when Ella's beautiful self captures the eye of a Chinese tourist group walking by, and before we know it, there are a couple of ladies smiling and taking photos of my precious girl, who gets bashful and runs over to me. Now, the Chinese ladies are taking pictures of both of us, and then Sam gets in the mix. Its great fun. I chat a bit with the women who both speak a bit of English, enough for me to tell how we went to Bejing and had a similar experience of being photographed by strangers. They were very nice, and Ella loved it. Back inside to see if mom is done on the computer, and she tells me I have new email, the cousins have all sent Sam E-Cards for his birthday, which he ABSOLUTELY LOVES.

Then, we walk down to La Rambla, check out the sights ... before heading uptown to see "The Block of Discord" and then La Sagrada Familia. Honestly, I debated going. Its a huge cathedral scheduled to be under construction for the next 20 years MINIMUM. I mean, ... pay money and spend our time here at a construction site? Didn't sound like fun. I couldn't have been more wrong. This place was far and away, the best thing we saw in our time in Barcelona. . My photos can't do it justice. This building is just jaw dropping cool. Even the kids were impressed (until about the one hour mark!).

After hanging at La Sagrada Familia and its museum for two hours or so, we headed across the street to let the kids burn some energy at the park, ... and lo and behold, I got another photo shoot. I was wearing my TECHNOVIKING T-Shirt, and a couple came up laughing and asked to take my pic. I obliged for 2 Euros. Kidding. ... The guy is from Berlin, and TechnoViking is huge there. It makes his day, ... and mine too! : )

Now, we are all ready to eat. As we walk along finding nothing appetizing, Janice suggests a alley hoping it connects us to another street with better options. Then, out of the blue we find this amazing restaurant full of locals. No sign visible from outside ... total off the beaten path place. I was psyched. Basically, the front half of the restaurant is a fish market. Live lobsters, fish caught the same day, octopus, squid, you name it. I didn't even recognize half of the creatures that were offered. ... Second half of the restaurant is the kitchen. So, the deal is, you go to the market, tell what you want and how you want it cooked, they scoop it up straight away and ship it off to the kitchen. Grab a drink, and wait for amazing food. Problem is, they don't take credit card. And with the stupid thieves in Barcelona lurking around every corner, its HIGHLY recommended to only take minimal cash with you, ID, and one credit card. I sprint outside looking for an ATM. Find one, only to find that the one card I brought doesn't give cash! DOH! ... So, we ask for an exception. I'll leave all my ID, my camera, my credit cards and come back to pay. They aren't having it. We pack up and leave, hungry AND pissed. BUT, ... we do our best to hold it together and end up convincing each other we would have died from food poisoning if we would have eaten there. : ) ... A couple of blocks away we find a nice little restaurant and enjoy some humus, veal, spaghetti, and salad. Not bad at all. And no food poisoning.

Head back towards the apartment to rest, and then two blocks to the cathedral where Rick Steve's guide says there is "usually" local dancing in the streets that starts up at 6pm. We go, and strike out. Oh well. Back to La Rambla for some more walkin' and gawkin'. Kids get McD's.

Back to the apartment for our bags, and we walk to the train station about 1 mile away. I'm sweating and stressing a bit ... worried the thugs that gave me problems a couple of days ago might spot my bald head again as we walked through the narrow streets at 7pm, ... but no issues. At the train station, some problems understanding the system, but eventually, we figure it out, wait for our train, and hop aboard, bound for PARIS! The kids love the cramped quarters. Janice and I think it will be great. For one night. Hehe. We splurge and eat in the restaurant car for the experience. Meet a nice couple from Canada and chat it up with them for a while as we eat.

Tomorrow, we will wake up in a new country.
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vstyrsky on

Living it right with you...Samuel looks like a alien (outerspace)with his neat haircut. You might want to put him out on the corner with a cup at his feet. Could pull in some sweet change!


burtmommie on

Sibling Comradery

It was so nice to talk with you!! Seemed like you were right around the corner :)

I love the photos of the 'kids having fun' at the train and station. Reminds me of stories Ron's told me of him and you being on those long road trips together and learning to have fun with one another! Vacations are so good for siblings :):):)

Keep having a blast, we'll see you guys before you know it. Oh, and the French folks are coming over for dinner when they get back from their one-week road trip. That should be fun!

tonja_f on

Did you guys get a first class sleeping car? Oh my goodness... when I went there were SIX beds in each car. Even little ol' me couldn't even sit up, hunched over in bed... :(

So excited to see how Paris is for you guys! A late night sitting on the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower is a MUST! Grab some to-go food (chinese?? :) and just sit there for hours and people watch... amazing!

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