Barcelona, Spain has a certain energy. A fresh, fun, and exciting spirit! Arriving by train from Madrid (a 3-hr. trip), my traveling companion and I dropped our luggage at the hotel and began walking. First along the waterfront…
Then we found a park with–of course–a fountain and magnificent statutes.
Heading towards the “Gothic” area…we saw “Street Art”…
That’s me in the window…acting silly!!
Colorful veggies, fruits, bread and candy…a true Farmer’s Market!
No visit to Barcelona would be complete without viewing some of Antoni Gaudi‘s architecture. I love his whimsical style!
The famous Sagrada Familia’s completion is planned for 2026…the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. He designed it to have 18 towers, 12 for the 12 apostles, 4 for the 4 evangelists, one for Mary and one for Jesus.
In 1926 Gaudí was hit by a tram. Because of his ragged attire and empty pockets, many cab drivers refused to pick him up for fear that he would be unable to pay the fare. He was eventually taken to a paupers’ hospital in Barcelona. Nobody recognized the injured artist until his friends found him the next day. When they tried to move him into a nicer hospital, Gaudí refused, reportedly saying “I belong here among the poor.” He died three days later and was buried in the midst of Sagrada Família.
I know this isn’t a very good photo…but it’s so tall…hard to fit it all in, so I’m only showing a small portion…
Tomorrow we’ll enjoy “bare buns” in Barcelona. Oh, and thanks so much for reading!
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