We did get quite ill at the end of our Barcelona trip but before we were hotel bound, we had a nice evening stroll around the city. It was quite beautiful at night.
The streets were preparing for the Barcelona marathon for the following morning.
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
Magic Fountains near Placa d’Espanya
Luckily we were there on a night that they had a musical light show at the fountain. We wandered around the fountain and enjoyed the show.
It was Whitney Houston tribute night. Here is a video of the end.
We enjoyed our last real evening of the trip. The rest was mostly hotel room bound. After this trip we have discovered the art of probiotics while traveling. Probiotics have saved us from illness on many other trips since. We even survived a couple weeks in India!!
The illness has put Barcelona back on the list to must visit because there was so much more to see there. I hope one day to visit again.
If you are not familiar with architect Antoni Gaudí then you are missing out. His work under the Modernisme is some of the most unique that you will ever see. The city of Barcelona is a showcase for his work.
Lampposts around Barcelona
La Pedrera (Casa Mila)
We were able to tour the inside of La Pedrera or Casa Mila, an apartment building in Barcelona.
One of the most impressive examples of Gaudi’s work is the still unfinished la Sagrada Família. There really is nothing else like it in the world. Unfortunately the only day we were able to see it, it was closed for some special event. One day I will return to see the inside and maybe it will be complete then.
We both got sick at the end of the trip (nasty stomach virus) so we never made it to Park Güell. I have many reasons to return to Barcelona sometime in the future.
My second favorite market in Spain is La Boqueria in Barcelona. While it did not have all the late night drinking options that the Mercado de San Miguel had in Madrid, one could still pick up a sandwich, fruit bowl, and juice there. I enjoyed looking over all the food options. I wish we had a market this big where I live.
One of the most interesting cultural things we witnessed while in Barcelona was the Sardana dance. It is a dance unique to the Catalan culture. It is a dance to show their pride to their Catalan heritage. Catalans have a separate language and culture from the rest of Spain. We got to witness this inclusive dance that is done at noon every Sunday at the cathedral of Barcelona.