Slow to get moving today as late to bed last night - came out of our room to greet Pepi (housekeeper for the past 14 yrs & now part of the family). She kindly took all our washing & ironed my top - very spoilt - it was great to see her again. Had Jamon (beautiful ham) on bread for breakfast & then made our way to the train station around 11am (Margarita & Carlos had already gone to work).
The only thing Ian really wanted to do in Barcaelona was to see Sagrada Familia, he has been twice before but never inside. We caught three trains & arrived around 12noon. Queued for about 45min to get tickets to be allowed in at 2pm.
Background- Sagrada Familia - this is a famous building / Basilica in Barcelona as it has continued to be built since 1882 & is still being built. In 1882, the foundation stone of the project conceived by Francisco de Paula del Villar the first architect of the church, was laid. A year & a half later, Antoni Gaudi took over the works & turned the initial project around to create, over 43 years, an outstanding, innovative church, which is still being built today according to his models. Gaudi's designs were destroyed in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), Gaudi died in 1926 & still today they are recreating his designs from models he had created & they have found over the years - to stay true to his original designs. A side note on Gaudi, he died 3 days after being hit by a tram - he was dressed as a beggar so no one knew who he was until a friend eventually found him - he was 73 years old.
Had lunch & walked around the whole site before entering at 2pm - got audio guides & started our tour. Love it or hate it, this structure is simply amazing both inside & out - the vision of Gaudi incredible. The natural light & how it comes through the stain glass windows - beautiful (see photo's). Took about an hour to go through & then we caught a lift up one of the towers & walked back down - amazing views & very narrow steps & a circular staircase to descend. Highly recommend if you have not been here.
Arrived home around 5.45pm & I had a siesta for about 90 min. Had dinner with the family & also Marta's Aunty, Uncle & cousin - Marta arrived home from Madrid at 10.30pm. She looks beautiful as always & it felt so good to give her a big hug. xx