Refreshed, replenished, and recharged. Day two always feels like the first day for some reason, but in a good way. I think it’s because everyone is charged with excitement and anticipation for what the day will bring. We did more exploring on our own, but this time we had a game plan. The first site to see was La Pedrera by Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi’s unique architecture is displayed all throughout Barcelona. That was my favorite thing about this city. Even cooler is that Gaudi’s inspiration for his work came from nature, like the octagon shape of a bee’s honey comb that he frequently uses. Besides that — more old buildings, the beach, and the fact that they want to be their own country, Barcelona is very similar to Madrid. Except it was more touristy. Way more touristy.
This is the youth hostel that we stayed in. Sorry for the lack of pictures, it was nice but didn’t really compare to the Gallery Hostel that I stayed at in Portugal.
I had to…gamer for life!
And this is La Pedrera. More of a sculpture than a building if you ask me.
Walked by this cute little bakery/coffee/tea shop and couldn’t resist going inside. There was a rainbow cake, can you blame me?!
I love loose-leaf tea
The distorted ceiling mirrors make another appearance!
A castle in the middle of the city street. Completely normal, completely cool.
Roxy and Kevin being silly.
Approaching La Sagrada Familia, the famous church designed by Gaudi that has been continuously under construction for the past 130 years. It started in 1882 and is suspected to be completed in 2041.
In front of La Sagrada Familia!
The church doors.
I can’t describe, nor can I capture the complete beauty of this structure. It’s a tall stained glass windows, and the most interesting architecture I have ever seen. I felt like I was in another dimension.
The ceiling. Hypnotizing, isn’t it?
Not all of the windows are completed, but once they are, they will be as amazing as this.
Looking up at the ceiling, reminds me of a kaleidoscope.
The genius himself, Antoni Gaudi.
After that, we started the long hike up the hill of Carmel-thankfully there were escalators for most of the way-to reach Park Güell and see more of Gaudi’s work.
View of Barcelona from the top of the hill
The tip-top of the hill. And yes, that man is wearing matching leopard leggings and vest. He was weird.
You can see La Sagrada Familia from here!
Me and Roxy
Roxy and Kevin!
Quick lunch on top the hill. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I had about 6 of those that weekend.
Crazy hair, don’t care. It was windy.
Oddly similar to a gingerbread house, I wonder if Gaudi was hungry when he designed this building.
For dinner, we took our hostel’s recommendation and went to a tiny pasta house. Everything there was homemade from scratch and absolutely delicious. Not to mention cheap. My wallet and stomach were both satisfied.
The BEST gnocchi I have ever had in my life.
Fresh basil for our pasta.
The perfect top to the night, seeing the light show of the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. Crowds of people swarmed the square to gaze at the multicolors and spurts of water that was synchronized with music, awesome.