adiós,Barcelona!

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The end of my journey has arrived.

This is my last travel-journal entry about Barcelona.

I don’t know why it took me so long to finish it…I guess I wasn’t ready to say good-bye yet…cuz with each post the memories felt so real,like I was experiencing them again.

However,I couldn’t drag it on  for an infinite…..

On the last day we woke up quite early to visit the Sagrada Familia.

After a 2 hour queue we bought the tickets but we had a 3 hours time table till it was our turn to get in (I suggest that you make reservation and buy your tickets in advance. This way you will avoid the long wait in line. )  so we decided to go and visit one more sight on our bucket list.

We went to Casa Milá-la Pedrera.

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I think I could live here. From the entry stair up to the 1st (main) floor it seemed as though one was climbing on to the back of a dragon (the railing looks like a massive back bone!) and the living areas were so comfortable and beautiful, with hardly a right angle or “flat” wall, which only added to the charm.

Plan about 2 hours to see everything, especially the roof!

The ticket is about 20€ but it’s totally worth the price!

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After enjoying the magnificent view from the roof of La Pedrera…we had to hurry up to see the church.

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Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia. Oh gosh, where to begin? I took so many photos that I even considered making a blog post solely about this famous church. Everything here has a story behind it–every single detail. I wish I can explain all of them to you but it’ll take us forever. I’ll just tell you the little tidbits I found interesting.

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La Sagrada Familia is really like no other. There are 3 grand façades that make up the church’s exterior, namely the Nativity façade, the Passion façade and the Glory façade (still to be completed). Majority of what you see here is the Nativity façade, depicting scenes of the birth of Christ and his early life.

Obviously with such an intricate design, a project like this takes years to be completed. La Sagrada Familia started construction in 1882 and is expected to be completed in 2026 or 2028. Gaudí knew he wouldn’t live to see this happen which is why he made really detailed plans so that other architects can still continue the project without him.

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Gaudi made sure plenty of natural light come into the church and this is one of my favorite things about La Sagrada Familia.

Most churches in Europe are always so dim and dark.

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I can’t believe in the many times I visited Barcelona, I never toured inside La Sagrada Familia. I highly recommend taking time out to visit this place. It’s not enough to just stare at it from the outside. You have to know all the little stories about it. A trip to Barcelona without a La Sagrada Familia tour is a huge waste of opportunity. HUGE!!!

 

After visiting the church we wanted to visit the Barrio Gotico and we went walking and walking untill we find the Arc de Triomf

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Shame on me…I didn’t know that Barcelona has one too :O

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After discovering this new sight of Barcelona we discovered the most beautiful parc I’ve ever been to.

PARC DE LA CIUTADELLA

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This park is not mentioned in Barcelona’s top 10 destinations and is not very much advertised, may be that is the reason it is so peaceful and nice. There is a lake with some water activities and the park is used by the local people to rest and kids to play. It is green and relaxing. If you’d like to have a moment away from the usual hustle and bustle in Barcelona, escape to this green oasis and enjoy the coolness under the trees here.

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It’s a FAIRY-TALE place…don’t you think?!

 

Our last destination that day was that restaurant near Port Olimpico,where we’ve eaten the best sea-food ever a couple of days before.

Now we ordered a jug of sangria too,and we got drunk and told all of our secrets.

It was a nice evening with my mum…every daugther needs it once in a while. IMG_3448

 

We ended up drinking two jugs of Sangria :)))

Afterwards we went to say good-bye to the BEACH.

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ADIÒS BARCELONA,I LOVE YOU!!!

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9 Comments on “adiós,Barcelona!

  1. Tocmai m’am intors din Barcelona, am stat 10 zile dar nu am vizitat asa multe atractii turistice ca si tine 😦 In a5a zi de vizitat si umblat am obosit si mi’am dat seama ca nu simt pulsul vietii de aici suficient asa ca am scos de pe lista multe muzee si parcuri in favoarea plimbarilor lungi pe stradute ascunse si linistite si a plajelor indepartate. Oricat ai sta in Barcelona, nu e suficient timp sa vezi tot…cu siguranta ma voi intoarce candva. Dar inima mea a ramas in Portugalia…am vazt ca si tu ai vizitat anu asta Lisabona. Care iti e mai draga, Barcelona sau Lisabona? Have a nice day!

    • Lisabona is like a mini version of Barcelona
      mi-a placut mult…but my heart belongs to Barcelona :))
      nici mie nu mi-au ajuns 11 zile 😦
      Dar am apucat sa vad aproape tot ce mi-am propus
      As fi mai vrut sa savurez cateva zile la plaja…..but yeah,time flies fast when you’re on vacation and u can’t have it all :))
      O zi frumoasa,tambien!:D

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