Barcelona, Spain; Frankfurt, Germany; Heidelberg, Germany; Mainz, Germany
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.
Every Sunday at noon you can watch the people of Barcelona practice traditional music and dance in the Gothic Neighborhood:
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.
Video of La Sagrada Familia's south facade:
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.
Gaudí's Casa Batlló:
Gaudí's Parc Guell:
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'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!
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!
Our friend Sabina, who we met in Laos, lives in Mainz, near Frankfurt. It was great to see her again!
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