Jens Cederskjold [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
I am pretty sure it was not nearly that crowded. We visited the Plaza de Cataluna (too many licenses to attach for photo). We also walked down the Via Laietana.
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This street was chosen since we needed to buy our tickets for an upcoming trip. It's a surprise.
From here we went to the Cathedral of Barcelona. This cathedral was finished in the 15th century.
By Mromanchenko [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons
This is the original facade of the church that was changed in the late 19th century from this
By Enfo [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons
I previously mentioned Dan Brown's "Origin" as my inspiration for revisiting this trip. The basilica mentioned in the novel is Sagrada Familia and is a 20th century unfinished work. We did not visit it. Like many things in Spain it seems to be rather controversial. Ya think?
By C messier [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons
Now, have you ever had a meal you will never forget? Well, this was the day for me. I even recorded it in the diary. We had paella for lunch along with a wonderful white wine. Nowadays, a lunch of paella and wine and I would be out for the count. Nap time! But I was 50 years younger then. So....
We walked off the calories by climbing up to Montjuic Park. We spent most of our time in the Spanish Village on the west side of the mountain.
I spent $10.28 including the cost of the tickets for our upcoming excursion.
Let me now say that until a few years ago when I went to Montreaux, I had no idea who Freddie Mercury was. Ask me to sing a song from the Big Band era of the 40's and I have no problem. Pick anything after 1960 and I can often give you a strange look. But once I heard Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe sing together, I bought the CD. This is one of the songs: "Barcelona".