Trip Start May 10, 2012
Trip End Dec 03, 2012

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Flag of Spain  , Catalonia,
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Day 113:  Today we left our friends from the La Tomatina and caught the train headed to Barcelona (we had to buy our train tickets as we accidentally left our Europass tickets on the last train).  We got in quite late and most of the supermarkets had already closed so we got some tapas dinner from around the corner, it was a good change with the weather when we arrived as well. it was raining and cool which we haven't had for a while and were told that it was the first time it had rained there in over 4 weeks. 

Day 114:  Our first day in Barcelona was spent walking around the city and then making our way down to the beach.  We went walking down La Ramba street where they have many stalls and shops selling very touristy souvenirs along with some second hand nic nacs, there were also the street performers dressed up along the street.  These street performers were definitely the best I have seen in Europe, their costumes are amazing and very detailed.

After walking along the streets we headed down to the beach and walked along the jetty where they had a few replica sailing ships from the 17-1800's which were really cool.  We walked past Sagrada Familia but decided to wait until the next day and pre book the tickets online to go inside as the line was huge, but more about that on the next day.

For dinner we ended up having a tapas meal that was set up by the hostel as a sort of get together with the other backbackers over food and sangria, the food was amazing and there was about 15 different types of food to choose from and all of it was good.

Day 115:  Today we went to Sagrada Familia and this church is definitely one of the highlights of Europe and should be visited by anyone going to Europe.  It was designed by Gaudi which is one of Spain's famous architects it is still under construction since the 1880's and is planned to be completed by 2020, so still quite a while.  I found that the outside of the church was much more impressive then the inside, on one side you had statues depicting the stages of the cross and on the other side depicting the birth of Jesus.  Photos and descriptions definitely don't do it justice.  The inside was much different to the outside and any other church for the matter, it is a lot more open then other churches and it has a more surreal and fantasy look with winding stair cases and high pillars.  We also took the lift to the top of one of the spires and had a good look at the church from a different perspective and got to walk down one of the spires but wasn't worth the wait.

That evening we just walked around the city and checked out some electronic stores and just wondered around.

Day 116:  Today we checked out one of the Gaudi other famous building, the Casa Batllo.  This building was a little odd looking due to Gaudi's fascination with nature which he has tried to incorporate into every piece of furniture and feature of the house from walls, windows and doors.  It is even said that there are no straight lines in the building due to nothing in nature is originally straight.  Although the house was impressive, the entrance fee was a tad high and not completely worth it unless you love his work or are interested in architecture.

In the evening we went for a walk down to the beach and had a late lunch at one of the restaurants along the port.
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