Worth the wait

I’m just back from a weekend in Barcelona with a friend. I’ve been before but not for ages – the last time was over ten years ago, so it was nice to go back and explore again.

There were lots of highlights crammed into our four days – the lovely weather, the yummy tapas, exploring La Rambla, people-watching on the beach, even getting a free upgrade on the plane home. It was fun to relive my year abroad too, having lunch at sandwich chain Pans and rediscovering how bad TV is in Spain. I even spoke a little bit of Spanish, although not as much as I’d planned – apparently we look more English than we realised because the locals saw us coming a mile off and insisted on greeting us in English.

But I think the best bit for me was going inside La Sagrada Família, Antoni Gaudí’s great unfinished basilica in the city centre. We’d visited before but never had the chance to go inside, so this time around we braved the 40-minute queue, only to buy tickets and be told we’d have to come back in two hours.

La Sagrada Família is impressive from the outside, despite the scaffolding surrounding it. There are so many details to notice, and when you stand and look up at it from the ground, it’s an awesome sight. But even the outside gives little clue as to what waits inside, which is nothing short of breathtaking. Not only is it huge, both in height and floor area, but it’s also home to some of the most stunning stained glass windows I’ve ever seen.

I’m not sure when they’re expecting to finish the Sagrada Família but I hope to go back and visit when they do; I think it’ll be quite a sight. But even before it’s completed, I recommend going to see it. Hopefully these photos will show you why 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Worth the wait

  1. Lovely! How wonderful that you were able to make it back. The greetings in English made me laugh. It’s very considerate of them, of course, but don’t they know we want a cafe con leche and not a latte? 🙂

    1. I suppose it’s difficult because most of the English tourists there probably expected to be greeted in their own language, but I wish they wouldn’t assume we’re all like that. Personally I always learn at least how to say hello in the language of any country I’m visiting, because it seems like the polite thing to do. I don’t often need it but I think it’s nice to make the effort!

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