Spain

Winter 2015

Day 1

Barcelona was our first stop in Spain. We touched down at 9:30 in the morning, and already had a full day planned ahead of us. Immediately we went to Casa Mila, also known as La Pedrera. We climbed to the roof and admired Guadi's house museums. We stayed around for the rest of the day and explored what the area had to offer.

Day 2

The next day we went on Sandeman's Walking Tour, where we walked around the city and learned about its incredible history and admiring the buildings and local points. Then, we went to The Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar. Inside, we experienced the grand, beautiful interior, which only acting as a foreshadow to the amazing architecture we would continue to see on the trip.

Afterwards, we just roamed the Gothic Quarter and El Born, and enjoyed the city life. It was fun and relaxing to go into different stores at our own leisure and explore different things that the city had to offer. The last stop for the day was Casa Batllo, where we went onto the roof, and then got a picture straight down the Dragon's spine.

Day 3

We spent the entire day going through the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. The church is still under construction, even after 136 years (at the time of our visit). However, a good portion of the church has been completed, and is open to the public to be admired. Going through what open of the church, I was continuously shook by the beauty and intricacy of the interior design. In addition, the stained glass was so beautiful, and the light flowed through filled the room with unique colors.

After, we walked to the Sant Pau Recinte Modernista, which is a former hospital in use almost a century ago. It was a great way to learn about how hospitalization worked back in the olden days, and really put into perspective how far humanity has progressed as a whole.

Day 4

We visited the Museu Nacional d'art de Catalunya (MNAC) and enjoyed the variety of art that it had on display. After, we went to the Fundacio Joan Miro, which is a modern art collection that sits on top of an incredibly beautiful palace. For sunset, we went to the Montjuic Castle which was a gorgeous view. At night, we went to the Magic fountain to experience some of the night life in the city.

Day 5

For the last day we spent in Barcelona, we went to Park Guell, where we explored and relaxed in Gaudi's garden. Then, we went to the Park de Laberito de Horta. Around here, there were many beautiful pictures around the Labyrinth.