Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

From València, Pram and I took the train to Barcelona. It was an agonizing, four-hour trip because we were sitting in front of obnoxious people. Barcelona provided a great pay-off for our suffering though. I became enamored with Barcelona's architecture, its friendly people, its rich history, and its insane nightlife. I hope to return soon to this city by the sea.

We stayed in a hotel right off the Plaza de Catalunya, the city's main square. I tried to strike a balance between seeing the city and going out and partying. I partly believe that I can party anywhere, so why should I travel 1,000 miles to do so. On the other hand, I also think this is the best way meet the locals. I tried to be somewhat disciplined though, getting in before 7 in the morning. One could easily stay out later; I believe Pram rolled in around 9 or 10 some mornings.

Our typical day involved waking up—early if we didn't stay out too late, early afternoon if we did—and seeing some sights. We ate a late lunch (the Spanish way) with a few courses and some wine, then continued to see the sights until it was time to get ready for the evening. Around midnight, one goes to the bars for a nice chat with new friends; the discos come to life around 3 A.M. My nocturnal tendencies were completely (and overly) satisfied here.

Barcino!

Barcino!

Viaduct

Viaduct

Store-Front Origami

Store-Front Origami

On Las Ramblas

On Las Ramblas

Magnificent Apartments

Magnificent Apartments

Window and Ceiling

Window and Ceiling

Stained Glass

Stained Glass

Scaffolding

Scaffolding

Gaudí's Nativity Facade

Gaudí's Nativity Facade

Pram and the Sagrada Família

Pram and the Sagrada Família

Nativity Facade

Nativity Facade

Nativity Facade

Nativity Facade

The Nave

The Nave

The Kiss of Judas

The Kiss of Judas

The Passion Facade Entrance

The Passion Facade Entrance

The Judgment of Jesus

The Judgment of Jesus

The Burial of Jesus

The Burial of Jesus

Chapels

Chapels

Passion Facade

Passion Facade

Sagrada Familia Towers

Sagrada Familia Towers

Geese in the Cloisters

Geese in the Cloisters

Tower Through Cloister

Tower Through Cloister

Barcelona Rooftops

Barcelona Rooftops

Bell Towers

Bell Towers

Pram and the Gothic Tower

Pram and the Gothic Tower

From One Cathedral to Another

From One Cathedral to Another

Inside the Gothic Cathedral

Inside the Gothic Cathedral

Triumphal Arch

Triumphal Arch

Citadel Park

Citadel Park

Cascade Fountain

Cascade Fountain

Casa Batllo Doorway

Casa Batllo Doorway

Batllo's Back Porch

Batllo's Back Porch

Gaudi Tile Mosaic

Gaudi Tile Mosaic

Batllo Light Shaft

Batllo Light Shaft

Casa Batllo's Attic

Casa Batllo's Attic

Casa Batllo's Chimney

Casa Batllo's Chimney

Casa Batllo Facade

Casa Batllo Facade

Parc Guell

Parc Guell

View From Parc Guell

View From Parc Guell

Under the Road

Under the Road

Under the Terrace

Under the Terrace

Parc Guell Entrance

Parc Guell Entrance