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Barcelona August 22, 2013

Posted by lauramargaretb in Travel Log.
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“Anything created by human beings is already in the great book of nature.” Antonio Gaudí

We left Oxford for Barcelona early Friday morning, and arrived early that afternoon.  We immediately headed from the airport to La Sagrada Familia, an absolutely beautiful Roman Catholic basilica designed by native artist Gaudí. The architecture and atmosphere of this non-yet-complete structure was beyond amazing, and the view of the city from the church tower was incredible.

 

After touring the church, we checked in to our hostel and explored the area around where we were staying.  We then headed into the main part of the city, where we enjoyed a dinner of authentic paella.  We all got gelato to round off our meal, and carried it with us as we walked around the moonlit city.

Saturday morning began with a trip to Park Güell.  We climbed up the hill to yet another gorgeous view of the city, and hit the more touristy sites – Gaudí’s mosaic murals and his salamander fountain known as el drac (the dragon).  We were joined by our Georgia Tech friends attending the Barcelona Study Abroad Program!

It wouldn’t be a trip to Barcelona if we missed the beach, so we headed there after lunch!  We did a little swimming, but we mostly walked along the shoreline or napped in the sand.  After getting back to our hostel, we got cleaned up and dressed up for dinner, celebrating a birthday for one of our travel-mates!

After a leisurely breakfast on Sunday morning, we headed to a docking area to see the architecture, the water, and the shops.  Then we checked out of our hostel and ventured toward the aeropuerto – another great weekend complete!

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