Ted & Julie's Excellent European Vacation 2016 travel blog

La Sagrada Family

Inside La Sagrada Family


La Pedrera

Rooftop of La Pedrera

Rooftop of La Pedrera



Bar Ramon


Today was an Antonio Gaudi day. We took the metro to La Sagrada Famila (Holy Family). This church has been under construction since 1882 and is expected to be completed in 10 years. It is awe inspiring and different from anything we've ever seen except for other Gaudi work we saw at Parc Guell. He combined his understanding of geometry and art to create unique structures that still seem futuristic after 100 years.

In the afternoon, after our siesta (we are becoming more Spanish by the day), we visited and toured La Pedrera, an apartment complex made of stone and unlike anything you have ever seen except for other Gaudi work. The apartments are still resided in by business interests and a few residents. The remaining apartments and rooftop are open to the public, for a fee. The rooftop has 30 chimneys and ventilation towers all encased in stone facades that hide their true function - one would never guess these structures were chimneys. They seem to be almost Egyptian looking "gods".

Dinner was fun as we ate at Bar Ramon, a charming neighborhood restaurant frequented by locals and us. Tapas again for dinner. Food was good and the ambience cozy and inviting. Jazz played in the background as diners chatted away giving the restaurant a festive and relaxed vibe. The waitress who spoke no English was extremely excited to learn we at one time hailed from Chicago.

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