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It Can’t Rain All Day…Can it?

Last Full Day in Barcelona

rain 19 °C

So we woke to rain this morning, but by the time we left the apartment to head out for the day, the rain has stopped. Awesome! Our first stop was the famous Sagrada Familia – the church that they are still building. Regardless of what faith you believe in, this building is more than that. It truly is a piece of art that began construction back in 1882 by Gaudi.

Antoni Gaudi dedicated 43 years of his life to this project, including the last 12 years of his life as his sole purpose. He left specific drawings and instructions, as he knew he would not see the completion in his lifetime. He died in 1926. He had requested to be buried inside the Basilica. His wish was granted. Completion of the church is expected in 2026 – the 100th anniversary of his death. Many other sculptors, architects and artists have continued to honour Gaudi’s work over the years.

We had purchased our timed entry tickets a couple days before online to ensure we were going to be able to see it. This is really the best way to guarantee your entrance because tickets could be sold out for the day if you just *show up*. The cost was 25 Euros – a little steep but it was Gaudi’s greatest accomplishment and vision – truly a must see.

After we were done checking out Gaudi’s masterpiece, we headed out for our day trip out of the city – Montserrat. Just make sure you get on the right subway line, going in the correct direction to save some time. Metro ride to Plaza Espana to catch the regional train to Montserrat which took just over an hour. We purchased our tickets at the train station – all modes of transport included for 32 Euros.

We connected with the Rack Railway once to Montserrat for an additional 20 minutes up the mountain. This railway is designed to climb steep hills and has a maximum speed of 45 km/h. Half the experience of today’s excursion was the journey just to get there!

When we arrived we were able to appreciate the views and get some great pictures despite being cloudy. We dipped into a café for a hot chocolate – which was perfect timing because it had started to downpour. Once the rain had stopped, we thought taking the Sant Joan Funicular to the Sant Loan lookout would be a good idea… However, going another 1000 metres up into the mountains meant we were entering another microclimate – bring on the fog and more rain – resulting in zero visibility. Oh well, you can’t control the weather.

Once we descended back down the mountain, it was much clearer and no more rain. We were able to walk around the area and appreciate the panoramic vistas before heading back to the Rack Railway and connecting to the train for Barcelona.

We needed to get back to the city on time for our evening’s festivities – Flamenco! We received a discount on our ticket from participating in the walking tour the other day. The cost was only 15 Euros and that even included a glass of sangria! Flamenco clearly tells a story but hard to understand when the singing is in Spanish. The dancing was *foot stomping* good. It seemed like a great cultural thing to do on our last night in Barcelona.

We actually witnessed our first little bit of shenanigans – a pile of garbage was set ablaze on the street. It was a small fire and the police nearby were on top of it. We didn’t stick around.

We walked along La Rambla – had dinner (more tapas and paella) and perhaps even a little souvenir shopping…all for a good price of course. That’s how I roll.

Time to pack and get organized for the journey home. Adios.

Posted by moorsey88 14:44 Archived in Spain

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