Barcelona, Spain Day 5 - La Sagrada Familia
Trip Start Jun 25, 2008
77Trip End Sep 01, 2008
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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
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. http://www.sagradafamilia.cat/ . 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
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
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.