Beauty and Beaches

Barcelona has been wonderful. It has been beautiful and sunny with a pleasant breeze. It’s not the stifling humid heat of southern Spain. We moved to the Hilton by the beach and the views alone are worth the move. The beach is about a five minute walk away. I was able to cross off an item on ‘The List’ when we stuck our toes in the Mediterranean. The water is crystal clear- we could see every grain of sand. It looked as if someone had sprinkled gold flecks along the bottom, which made for a stunning effect with the sun dancing off of the waves and catching the gold. In the shallow parts, the water had a translucent green hue and it turned blue-green in the deeper water.
As beautiful as the beach was, we managed to tear ourselves away to visit La Sagrada Familia, the cathedral that Gaudi designed in the late 1800s. I have seen a lot of cathedrals in Europe, butmthis one has to be the most awe-inspiring creation of all. Kaitlyn and I both gasped as we walked through the doors. I’m not sure how to adequately describe the visual impact of this architectural wonder. I think a visit to this cathedral is worth a trip to Spain. Not only is it visually stunning, but symbolic meaning is expertly woven throughout the entire experience. Do a little research and then plan a trip. You won’t regret it.
We tried some Spanish specialties such as Spanish tortilla, fried squid and paella. The first paella was rice in a soupy brown gravy, but the second place we tried had a much better version.
It’s late and we have a wake-up call at 4 am. Ciao!

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