Catalunya

This post is long over-due. Mostly because I was in Barcelona with my family in September. Still, its worth mentioning that Barcelona is crazy cool. There’s funky architecture everywhere, delish food, and a generally good vibe. Gaudi had a big influence on the city and there are a few apartment buildings like this one.

IMG_2066BarcelonaIt rained our first night and I got this creepy beautiful picture of the Cathedral of Barcelona. (Its a little blurry on account of wanting that flash-less shot at night)Barcelona Cathedral

And then of course, the Sagrada Familia, which is over the top in all the right ways. From the outside, which looks like a sand castle, to the stained glass, the carving, the towers… Its beautiful and overwhelming at the same time.

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Sagrada FamiliaSagrada Familia

The view from the top of the tower is spectacular! You take an elevator up and then you can walk back down a tiny, steep, spiral staircase. If the view wasn’t enough to cause vertigo, then the walk down will do it for you. Seriously, at one point you only have a banister on the left (the inside of the outer wall) the steps are about 2 feet wide, and at the end of if you can see down the center of like 50 feet of spiral staircase.

Sagrada Familia

After a day and a half in Barcelona, the next stop was a little beach town called Cadaqués on the Mediterranean coast. A series of winding roads leads through the mountain to get several tiny coastal villages that are spectacular.

Cadaqués

This is the view of the town from the apartment we called home for 5 days.           Its just gorgeous.

Cadaqués

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Cadaqués

This area was home to Salvador Dalí and in a nearby town called Port Lligat, his home, which he abandoned when his wife died, is just exactly as he left it. Its a museum now that perfectly demonstrates the eccentricity which Dalí is famous for. This adorned bear greets you at the entrance to the home.

Dalí

Dalí

Dalí

Dalí

“Trash Jesus”
Dalí

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Dalí

I can’t wait to go back to Barcelona and spend more time exploring it. And a special thanks to my friend R and his girlfriend for an amazing tour.

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