Coming to London, I’ve had in mind certain countries and cities that I must visit. Barcelona was high up on that list. As the semester began to wind down, I was worried that I would not be able to visit Barcelona. However, I managed to book a last minute short trip (2 days) to Barcelona the weekend after Amsterdam. I traveled alone and met up with my friends, Sally (my former roommate), Hannah, and Heidi. Since I was only there for 2 days, I did not have a whole lot of time to enjoy this beautiful city. I did, however, manage to see Barcelona’s most famous sites, La Sagrada Família and Park Güell.
Basílica De La Sagrada Família: a continuing masterpiece.
Sagrada Família is a Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. In 1883, Guadí took over the project of building the church, and had combined Gothic and Art Nouveau forms together. At the time of his death in 1926, the project remained incomplete. Since his death, it has been a slow progress to completion, finally passing the midpoint in 2010, with an anticipated completion date in 2026.
The rest of the day, we walked down Las Rambla, had some Paella (my first time), and experienced a bit of Barcelona’s nightlife.
The majority of the second day was spent at Park Güell and the Guadí House Museum. Park Güell is a massive public park in Barcelona, also designed by Guadí. Located within the park is the Guadí House Museum (tickets required), which had been the home of Guadí for almost 20 years, and is home to furniture and other objects designed by Guadí.
After the Park, we walked through the tiny streets in the center of Barcelona, my favorite section was Barri Gòtic. We unfortunately didn’t make it on time to go to the Picasso museum, but that’s a reason to visit in the future. In the evening, we walked along the Pont Vell to see the Christopher Columbus Monument, then made our way to see the Magical Fountains of Barcelona (Font Mágica de Montjuïc), and concluded our final night in Barcelona with some Tapas!
I definitely wish that I had more time to enjoy Barcelona, but I am very thankful that I at least got a taste of this interesting and wonderful city and I look forward to visiting again in the future.