I am back with day three of my trip to Barcelona!
Our day began with quite a wonderful surprise! Ariel, Melanie and I wanted to attend mass at the Sagrada Familia because it was Palm Sunday. Upon arrival, we realized that while mass was free, you had to obtain a ticket to enter the service (because of the high demand of people wanting to attend mass at this high profile church). By some miracle, Ariel snagged us tickets into the basilica!
We didn’t understand a majority of the service because it was in Catalan, but it was definitely one of the coolest Palm Sundays I have been to!
After service we walked a ways away from Sagrada Familia to find some lunch. We were in for a treat:
After a lovely lunch together, Melanie and I said a farewell to Ariel because she had made plans to travel to Montserrat (an area outside of Barcelona) for a few days. After saying our goodbyes Melanie and I walked to our next tourist destination: Park Güell.
This park is another famous work from Gaudí who partnered up with Eusebi Güell to create the masterpieces seen in the park today. Construction of the park began in 1900 and it was declared a UNESCO cultural heritage of humanity site in 1984.
Since the park is so heavily visited, they had to implement a ticket system that monitors how many people are visiting the monumental zone (otherwise known as the most decorated zone and most iconic part of the park). Fortunately, Melanie and I had the opportunity to go through this part of the park and it was oh so worth it.
Next you will see the Porter’s Lodge and Casa Del Guarda, two of the most iconic buildings in Barcelona which represent the entrance of the park today.
Next we made our way into the mosaic filled hypostyle room.
And finally we saved the best for last, we made our way to the nature theater or Teatre Grec.
I was once again completely in awe of Gaudí’s work. So beautiful and so impressive.
After returning to the Airbnb, Melanie and I made ourselves some pasta and enjoyed a few glasses of wine while watching the sunset. It was the perfect way to end our day.
Worry less and smile more.