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My job allows me to visit a lot of Alaska on a yearly basis. I wanted to capture the trips in one location!

A full day exploring Barcelona!

on December 25, 2014

Dec. 24, 2014

We stayed on the outskirts of town but 2 blocks from the metro, so first stop tickets for metro! Bought a 10 pack for about 10 euro and headed into the center of town. First stop, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. We are always in awe of the churches in Europe, so detailed and beautiful. We were able to go inside, and take photos while in there.

Work began on this cathedral in 1298 and did not finish until late in the 19th century, though most of the work was done in the 14th century. Surrounding the building are many gargoyles both real and mythical animals fare represented. The inside had a stunning dome and countless stain glass windows. The organ was not in the traditional location rather along the wall on the right side.

We continued towards the water front and opted for a boat ride on a “golondrinas” which we hopped on right near the Columbus statue. The ride was about 45 minutes but gave a great view of the city.

We continued on foot to Las Rambras street probably the most famous street in Barcelona. We ate lunch here, drank sangria, walked through the market and soaked in some culture. We even saw a guy with an Alaskan Brewery shirt on! (Figured he was most likely a cruise ship employee).

Next came Gaudi’s apartment that had been designed for a wealthy couple at the turn of the century. Though interesting, NOT interesting enough to spend 20 euro/pp to go inside!

A few blocks away we spotted the Casa Terrades, Another castle in the Gothic style. The spires of this castle can been seen from many blocks away and they made us want to venture out and see it.

Last stop of the day was The Arc de Triomf. It was built as the main access gate for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair, and is a gathering place for many locals and tourist, a place to enjoy an evening walk, sit and people watch or be entertained by street vendors.

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2 responses to “A full day exploring Barcelona!

  1. Tom Milan says:

    What a great adventure. Very cool country!

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  2. Ginny Mulle says:

    What a great Christmas Day! I may have said this already but the weather seems to be cooperating beautifully with you.

    Like

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