Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Barcelona - Last Day/Busiest Day

I have quite a few photos to share, so the less I write the better...
Our Final Day in Barcelona started at 9:30AM when we boarded the Barcelona City Tour bus with the kids. I'm not usually one for grand scale tours, etc. but this was the easiest and fastest way to transport the 6 of us to multiple sites. It worked out quite well! The main attraction for all of us today was to see 'Most Things Gaudi'. We did pretty well on the Gaudi route: * Please let me know if I misidentify any of the following!

Casa Batllo

Detail: Casa Batllo

La Pedrera Apartment block

And the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) Cathedral:

Part of the Nativity Facade by Gaudi: Lots of plant and animal species depicted along with the traditional nativity scenes

Nativity facade

Kids by the Nativity facade

The Old and the New: the Cathedral is expected to be finished around 2030.

Under the animal sculptures - Nativity facade

The Passion Facade: completed in 1978 by Josep Subirachs

Judas Kiss, Christ is beaten - The crytogram on which all the numbers add up to the age of Christ at the time of his death.

Mary tends to her son's body - such sorrow on her face!

Cathedral Interior:
Very, very different but at the same time surprisingly traditional

This is a bit of an optical illusion: Use the doorframe at the lower left for reference - on the right are windows! Next photo shows the windows just about head on:

Very cool! Though it took me a while when editing my photos to figure out what I was looking at!

I took well over 100 photos at the Sagrada Familia - you'll have to come visit us in California so I can bore you with the full set ! :-)

Next on our agenda was Mt. Tibidabo. I just love saying the word Tibidabo. Makes you sound Spanish without knowing any of the language! Anyway, to get up to Tibidabo, you have to catch the Funicular. It's over 100 years old, pretty creaky but runs great. There is a trolley to take you up the steep street leading to the funicular. But, the older kids were in such a hurry to run ahead of us, that they bypassed the trolley and headed upward. About 3/4 of the way up the 30+% incline, I started hearing "Um, why didn't we take the trolley?" and "OMG, I'm sweating, how far up is this thing?!" and "You must be wrong, there is no way that we haven't just walked all the way up Mt. Tibidabo!" One would have thought they were all dying!

James is much more likely to indulge the girls, so he found a bus stop along the way and let the kids jump on for literally the last 1/8 mile. We arrived at the funicular building in less than 2 minutes. After such hard work, they were hungry and hot! Here's the view from the restaurant where we stopped for a quick bite:

Everyone was in much better spirits after cooling off!

On the funicular: Ready to visit Tibidabo!

This is the path that the older ones thought I was making them walk! Ummm, NO.

Here's the prize: The Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor

The Temple of the Sacred Heart was built by Enrich Sagnier between 1902-1911. We took the elevator up the main tower and explored up high until we all started feeling a bit funny in the stomach:

By the time we finished up our tour of Tibidabo, we only had time and energy left for one more stop. This stop was all about Liam..we visited the FC Barcelona Football Stadium and checked out the stadium tour which included the team showers and spa room, the press box, the field and displays of all the clubs awards through the years. Although we didn't take as much time as we would have liked, it was still a neat thing for Liam and the girls to have experienced:

Its getting late here, and each of the kids fell asleep at one time or another in the past 4 hours. Josie went swimming with Liam, came back to the room and had her bath and proceeded to sleep right through dinner. She's just now woken up and is not happy at all with her Mom! I'll try to post one more time before we board our ship tomorrow at 12:30. Adios Amigos!


  1. Wow.. you all have covered alot in such a short time period... Have a wonderful time and pls keep the pics coming

  2. WOW!!! This sounds like such an amazing trip!!! LOVe all the architecture. Thank you so much for taking us along through your gorgeous photos:)