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Another exciting week in Spain! July 10, 2011

Posted by Naomi Robert in Travel Log.
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This past week has been such an adventure; I hardly know where to begin! It was our second week off from class on the Barcelona program, so I decided to be a bit of a tourist and explore Spain.

To start things off, I visited La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s most famous tourist attraction. La Sagrada Familia is a huge basilica originally designed by Antoni Gaudi, and it was honestly quite breath-taking, inside and out.

La Sagrada Familia

The older, more ornate side of Sagrada Familia

Later that night, we went to Monjuic (a mountain in Barcelona) for a big music festival, Monjuic de Nit. The city of Barcelona was basically giving its people an enjoyable evening of music. There were 10 different music stages all over the mountain (and free shuttles between them), each one playing all night long, but with different types of music. We had the chance to see the beautiful Magic Fountain show at the bottom of the mountain and then heard Spanish orchestral music, flamenco songs, popular and rock music, and even a Spanish rap battle!

Magic Fountains of Monjuic

Then I was off to the city of Granada with some friends! We enjoyed exploring Alhambra, the old Morrish palace, fortress, and ruins; watching a Flamenco show while eating the local paella (a seafood rice dish); relaxing at the authentic Hammam Arab baths; and visiting Granada’s cathedral, where King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella are buried.

 

The view from the fort in Alhambra

Generalife - the gardens at Alhambra

Traditional seafood paella

The Granada Cathedral

Finally, we travelled to Alicante, a small town on the eastern coast of Spain. There, I had the opportunity to see the house where my dad grew up  and to meet some of my relatives I had never met before. We had a wonderful time together, and I really enjoyed learning about my family history.

Me with my uncle, my grandma, and my cousin

Such a great week!

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1. cheap apartments in Barcelona - March 16, 2012

fantasisc! looks like you had a great time with the family!


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