We checked out of our Airbnb early Friday morning and hailed a cab, stopping at Locker Barcelona on the way to once again stow our bags. These places are great! Just as at the airport, there were a variety of locker sizes (we needed only one each time) and the cost is very reasonable!
We caught another cab and headed to Basilica De La Sagrada Familia. Those were the other advance tickets we purchased; we needed to choose a time to visit, and also a time to ascend one of the towers — and, unlike The Book of Kells, they were quite particular about the timing!
It is an amazing place — still under construction (always and forever?) (at least until 2030 or so!).
And, indeed, men were working and those cranes were moving!
Breathtaking, is all I can say…
Everywhere you look, there's something to see… and then something else catches your eye, and something more… Parts of the ceiling looked as though giant millefleur beads were embedded.
And the color!
We visited the Nativity Tower.
We ascended by lift and then walked up, across, and down. The views were amazing… that spiral staircase seemed endless!
The reflection was terrible, but this model of the cathedral was fascinating!
It looks a little bit like a drip sand castle from afar, doesn't it?
We grabbed a bit to eat, then headed back to explore the area near Locker Barcelona.
Including another church and a fabulous children's shop!
I wish we'd had time to visit some of the other amazing Gaudi sites, such as Casa Batllo, Casa Milo, and Park Guell — and a whole bunch of other things — but, as my mother always said, it's good to leave something for when you return.
We retrieved our luggage, hailed another cab and headed to Barcelona Sants to catch our train for Valencia. Stay tuned for Day 3, Part 2!
* * * * *
Missing you every single day, Mom. I can't believe it's been 3 years. xoxox