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Northern Bound

Barcelona, Spain; Frankfurt, Germany; Heidelberg, Germany; Mainz, Germany

Liebe Freunde,

After we left Amsterdam we started to feel travel fatigue set in, but when we left Morocco we fully transformed into a couple of Weary Travellers. These days when other travellers ask us how long our trip is, and we tell them it's been 8 months, they usually say "Wow!" or "That's amazing!" To which we normally respond: "Yeah, we're pretty tired." Turns out, the best place to recuperate is the beach, which Barcelona is more than adequately equipped to provide.

Barcelona's beautiful beach

Barcelona's beautiful beach


We got carried away building our sand castle...just joking.  Beautiful sand artwork depicting a symphony on the beach in Barcelona

We got carried away building our sand castle...just joking. Beautiful sand artwork depicting a symphony on the beach in Barcelona


Robert biking along the nude section of the beach.  We saw several old dudes who appear to spend most of their time sunbathing.

Robert biking along the nude section of the beach. We saw several old dudes who appear to spend most of their time sunbathing.

Every Sunday at noon you can watch the people of Barcelona practice traditional music and dance in the Gothic Neighborhood:

Jennifer trying to forget what she saw on the nude section of the beach.

Jennifer trying to forget what she saw on the nude section of the beach.


Robert on the beach in Barcelona

Robert on the beach in Barcelona


Spaniards love ham so much that Pringles successfully sells Ham flavored chips.  We passed.

Spaniards love ham so much that Pringles successfully sells Ham flavored chips. We passed.

Barcelona truly lives up to its hype. It is an amazing place to be. The Artist/Architect Antoni Gaudí has blessed the city with one-of-a-kind structures in the form of parks, houses, and his most ambitious work, the Sagrada Família. Gaudí recognized how the shapes and colors of nature could be translated into unbelievable buildings. He was diligent to every detail of his creations and the results are some of the most majestic masterpieces second only to nature itself. Many of his works have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Lucky for us, Gaudí's work can be found all over the city of Barcelona.

La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Barcelona, Spain


Stone statues depicting the soldiers who took Jesus to his death

Stone statues depicting the soldiers who took Jesus to his death


Statues mourning the death of Christ, La Sagrada Familia

Statues mourning the death of Christ, La Sagrada Familia

Video of La Sagrada Familia's south facade:

View from inside La Sagrada Familia.  The pillars are meant to resemble trees to evoke the feeling of being in a forest.

View from inside La Sagrada Familia. The pillars are meant to resemble trees to evoke the feeling of being in a forest.


Gaudi uses light instead of gold to celebrate God.

Gaudi uses light instead of gold to celebrate God.

Construction of the Sagrada Família began in 1882 and continues to this day. One of the projected completion dates is 2026, which would celebrate 100 years since Gaudí's death. We recommend pencil instead of pen if you plan to mark your calendar.
Minature of La Sagrada Familia--The white parts have yet to be built!

Minature of La Sagrada Familia--The white parts have yet to be built!

Gaudí's Casa Batlló:
The exterior facade of Casa Batlló (the local name is:  Casa dels ossos (House of Bones)

The exterior facade of Casa Batlló (the local name is: Casa dels ossos (House of Bones)


Jennifer and an interior window at Casa Batlló.  Gaudí is known for using curved lines.

Jennifer and an interior window at Casa Batlló. Gaudí is known for using curved lines.


The chimeys covered in glass tiles on the roof of the Casa Batlló. Gaudí turned something plain and utilitarian into a work of art.

The chimeys covered in glass tiles on the roof of the Casa Batlló. Gaudí turned something plain and utilitarian into a work of art.

Gaudí's Parc Guell:
Robert relieved that the sun went down, resting on the beautiful mosiac bench at Parc Guell, Barcelona

Robert relieved that the sun went down, resting on the beautiful mosiac bench at Parc Guell, Barcelona


La Sagrada Familia towering above Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea

La Sagrada Familia towering above Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea


Gaudi's Mosiac Lizard at Parc Guell, Barcelona, Spain

Gaudi's Mosiac Lizard at Parc Guell, Barcelona, Spain

After taking in a lot of sun on our beach bike ride, we went up the hillside to have a picnic dinner in the beautiful Parc Guell, overlooking the city:

Robert, his shadow and the statue of Christopher Columbus, all pointing to the Americas

Robert, his shadow and the statue of Christopher Columbus, all pointing to the Americas


Only 35 Euros for an enourmous leg of ham, hoof included!

Only 35 Euros for an enourmous leg of ham, hoof included!


Robert balancing on a steel sphere in a plaza in the Barri Gotic.

Robert balancing on a steel sphere in a plaza in the Barri Gotic.

Robert's old friend Scott and his girlfriend, McKenna, are traveling around the world also. We were really excited to catch up with Scott and his brother, Alan, while we were in Barcelona!
Alan, Scott, Robert and Jennifer in Barcelona.  We finally met up!

Alan, Scott, Robert and Jennifer in Barcelona. We finally met up!

The Magic Fountain of Montjuic is not to be missed when visiting Barcelona. It was first installed in 1929 for the World's Fair. Also, we've probably heard this song at least once a week for the past 8 months (seriously):

It was hard to leave Barcelona but we were really looking forward to meeting up with Jennifer's brother, James, in Frankfurt, Germany. It was so nice to relax with family and have a whole apartment to spread out in. James was a terrific host!

Jennifer and her brother James at a beer garden in Frankfurt

Jennifer and her brother James at a beer garden in Frankfurt


Great Currywurst and Apfelwein at this place.  Anything about the sign look familiar?

Great Currywurst and Apfelwein at this place. Anything about the sign look familiar?


Currywurst and Apfelwein.  Tastes as good as it looks!

Currywurst and Apfelwein. Tastes as good as it looks!


Narrow streets in the valley of the old town of Heidelberg

Narrow streets in the valley of the old town of Heidelberg


Jennifer and James standing in a square of sunlight, Heidelberg, Germany

Jennifer and James standing in a square of sunlight, Heidelberg, Germany


Castle in Heidelberg seen from the old town

Castle in Heidelberg seen from the old town


Jennifer and James in the Castle Courtyard, Heidelberg.

Jennifer and James in the Castle Courtyard, Heidelberg.


View of Heidelberg from the castle

View of Heidelberg from the castle


Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle


Jennifer and James overlooking the old town and the river from the Castle in Heidelberg

Jennifer and James overlooking the old town and the river from the Castle in Heidelberg


The valley and the Neckar River, Heidelberg, Germany

The valley and the Neckar River, Heidelberg, Germany


Future brothers-in-law, Robert and James

Future brothers-in-law, Robert and James


We sat on this patch of grass and watched the fireworks show over the castle at dark.  The lights on the castle made it look like it was on fire.  Heidelberg, Germany.

We sat on this patch of grass and watched the fireworks show over the castle at dark. The lights on the castle made it look like it was on fire. Heidelberg, Germany.


Carnival Fountain in Mainz

Carnival Fountain in Mainz

Our friend Sabina, who we met in Laos, lives in Mainz, near Frankfurt. It was great to see her again!

Jennifer and Sabina enjoying some traditional German food:  Sauerkraut, Schnitzel and Schweinshaxe (Pork Knuckle).  Super tasty!

Jennifer and Sabina enjoying some traditional German food: Sauerkraut, Schnitzel and Schweinshaxe (Pork Knuckle). Super tasty!


Robert sitting on a wing of a plane at the Frankfurt Airport

Robert sitting on a wing of a plane at the Frankfurt Airport

Palm tree bike trail on the beach in Barcelona:

We're sending this post from Dublin, Ireland. We're elated to be attending a family wedding in Ballycastle this weekend with our Irish relatives! Road trip to the northern tip of the island tomorrow!

Labhairt leat go luath (Talk to you soon)!

J & R

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