(Brag alert!) As our time in Europe draws to a close I'm reflecting on the year of travel I've had - 5 continents! This is a record even for me. In January I went to South Africa with an overnight stop in Dubai (Asia). In April I was in New Zealand (Oceania?); Europe and North America round out my year of 5 continents. And I still have 3 months left!
Like most people I don't really enjoy the travel part of travelling but what I do enjoy are the new experiences, always learning (history, culture, geography), increased awareness and appreciation for everything I have, and the memories I get to keep forever.
We returned to Barcelona for a couple of nights before flying out and I double down on what I said about it - you can't make a city this fabulous and not expect to be sharing it with tourists.
I previously posted pics of the amazing Sagrada Familia and this time Sam and I booked tickets ahead to see the interior.
This pic is a small portion of one of the facades and you really have to zoom in to get some idea of the incredible detail which covers the entire structure.
Once we got inside it was an amazing feast for the eyes. The cathedral rose high above us. To give a sense of scale in the pic below there's an 'umbrella' with a life-sized Jesus hanging below it.
The back of some the pipe organ's pipes.
Sam and I took an elevator up one of the towers. The 'fruit' at the top of these towers look minuscule from the ground but are actually soccer ball size. You can also see evidence of the construction that will continue for about 10 more years.
Then we descended 300 spiral stairs.
Have you ever been in a place where you wish you could capture the smell as well as the sight?
The secret alley with the surprising coffee shop.