Today was Meg’s birthday and I wanted to give her a lovely day to remember. Highest on her wishlist was to revisit Sagrada Familia as when we visited last time, she had felt unwell and couldn’t take all the photos she wanted. Unfortunately, we didn’t book online and we arrived there only to be told there were no tickets left for today. However, we did manage to visit the crypt, which is very different to the rest of the church, much more traditional and there was a service going on. We also saw Gaudi’s grave as well as the facade of another house, very much in his style, that is being restored.
My next plan was to have lunch at a restaurant that came recommended as having plenty of good gluten free options. However, it was shut today, despite the website saying it was open for lunch on a Monday. We reckon today must have been some sort of public holiday as in the morning the streets were very quiet or maybe lots of places don’t open on Mondays as was the case with the Picasso Museum, which we also tried to visit after lunch, when we eventually found somewhere to eat. In the end we decided on tapas followed by a big bowl of ice cream eat. It was Meg’s birthday after all.
Though the walk to the Picasso Museum proved fruitless, we did enjoy wandering through the old part of town, window shopping. One could thing about only bringing hand luggage, we couldn’t be tempted to buy much as there was no way of squeezing more in our bags. I do love narrow, winding streets, full of history and character.
We did come across a beautiful church – Santa Maria del Mar, with some wonderful, ornate stained glass windows, which we spent some time at, before heading home, via a coffee place, where Meg had a hot chocolate and I couldn’t resist the sangria.
Our week’s holiday has zoomed by so quickly. It’s hard to believe that tomorrow we will be on our way home and back to reality (work) but Barcelona has truly been a surreal and visually stimulating experience. I knew next to nothing about Gaudi before I went but have fallen in love with his talent and creativity and now have so many photos to remind me of this week, though none quite capture what we saw.