Day 3 in Barcelona, Spain

Hello friends!

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!

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The place was packed and they even were broadcasting the service. 

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This service was extra special because a cardenal was there to give the sermon and here he is shown holding the palms. 
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There was a huge crowd of people outside the service and the cardenal went around with holy water. 

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:

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My extra delicious salad with goat cheese. 

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Ice cream for dessert

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.

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The park was decorated with beautiful greenery

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We had a beautiful view of Barcelona because the park is situated on top of a hill. 

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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.

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Portico of the washerwoman
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The spiral ramp

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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.

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The roof is made of trencadís which is a decorative system of tile-shard mosaic
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Porter’s Lodge

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Casa del Guarda

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I couldn’t get over how beautiful the tiles were

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Monumental flight of steps
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The iconic salamander fountain

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Next we made our way into the mosaic filled hypostyle room.

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And finally we saved the best for last, we made our way to the nature theater or Teatre Grec.

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Gaudí resolved the dialogue between architecture and nature. 

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Becoming one with the mosaic

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I was once again completely in awe of Gaudí’s work. So beautiful and so impressive.

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On our walk home we passed by this street art. I loved it. 

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.

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Worry less and smile more. 

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