Discovering Gaudí’s Barcelona

Sarah Behm - Salamanca chaperone

We enjoyed our last day in Spain!

Our last day in Barcelona has arrived, and we topped it off with a big tour. After being taken through the city from our hotel, and learning about the city’s different styles of architecture (Barcelona is known for this!), our first stop was Gaudí’s Sagrada Família.

Wandering Parc Güell and La Sagrada Família

Construction of the Sagrada Família cathedral began in the 1800s, but it still continues today! Some say that we will never see it finished in our lifetime, but nonetheless, it is quite amazing to see. We continued with the Gaudí theme and headed out to Parc Güell. Located high above the city, this park offers amazing views seen from the famous, serpent-shaped bench, adorned in Gaudí’s signature, mosaic tiles that weave around the periphery of the main section of the park. We were also treated to some live, impromptu music from a group of local musicians.

Touring the FB Barcelona Stadium

Our final stop of the tour was the famous soccer stadium, Camp Nou, home to FC Barcelona. Hal and Ben were the only sports aficionados in our group, so rest of the students took advantage of this time to go visit another one of Gaudí’s famous works in the city, the dragon-themed Casa Batlló, or do some shopping on their last day.

We travel home tomorrow. Time has gone by so fast, but it’s been a pleasure traveling with this great group of students!

-Dave Whiteside, US Chaperone, Southern Spain Program 2013

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