Actual date of this event: 18 September
Our first full day in Barcelona was a big one - we scheduled two main attractions to get those out of the way and not have to worry about them for the rest of our trip. We also hope that because it was a Thursday, it wouldn't be as busy. That wasn't really the case, but it was probably as best as it could be.
La Sagrada Familia
Before visiting La Sagrada Familia, I was worried it would be a let down. Luke was also so worried about it beforehand that he refused to look at any pictures of the cathedral. I am talking he had no clue what it looked like until he saw it in person. I had seen pictures of the outside and thought it looked soooooo neat! I had seen pictures of the inside and thought it looked heavenly! I had heard and read, and heard and read how amazing it is! So naturally, I was worried I would be disappointed. Nope. Not a one bit disappointed! In fact, it was even more amazing than I expect it to be. Sigh. It is one of my most favorite things we have done in all of our travels. It might actually be THE favorite thing, but that's a tough decision to make. Please, don't ask me to choose.
Before we visited Park Guell, we did A LOT of walking. Read about it here.
I proved a job well done again! Not even a year before our visit did Barcelona decide to start charging for entrance to Park Guell. I had read about it on another blog and made a mental note. Our Barcelona book didn't even have this noted. The park is actually surrounded by a foresty area that is free to wander, but that isn't the part everyone must see. Even though time slots are strict, there is a grace period for entry. I booked our time for the late afternoon which ended up working out perfectly.
read about here.
Other posts from Barcelona: Teaser, Architecture, La Sagrada Familia & Park Guell, Barceloneta & the Waterfront, Churches & Montjuic, Camp Nou, Torre Agbar & La Merce
The Gaudi Museum (which is was Gaudi's home from 1906-1926) is located in Park Guell. In 1984, Park Guell became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.