Since all of the small shops and large department stores are closed on Sunday we decided a city bus tour was a good choice for the day. Barcelona is full of double decker buses full of tourists. May is the start of tourist season and by the size of the crowds, business is booming.
Our original plan was to ride the bus to Gaudi's famous church, Sagrada Familia but the line to buy tickets wrapped around the block so we opted to stay on the bus and continue our city tour instead.
This is a former textile mill and now houses a contemporary art exhibition.
Part of the reason for the crowds of tourists here are the many cruise ships that stop in the harbor. This is the Norwegian Lines, Epic - the biggest ship I've ever seen at nineteen stories tall!
After several hours of viewing the city from the upper level of the tour bus we were ready for an early dinner
and took Doug Ruby's suggestion for tapas.
Those are hog/pig (help me here Chris) legs that are hanging to age. Those little paper cups catch the grease so they don't drip on the nice people sitting at the bar. (thoughtful huh?) There were dozens of them hanging inside the restaurant. Although I don't eat much meat anymore, and have totally lost my desire for it, I did have a few slices on my pasta and it is absolutely, melt in your mouth, scrumptious!
This photo is for you Doug and Diane. Thank you for the good recommendation. Bill and I both enjoyed our tapas and homemade pasta.
It was about five o'clock by the time we finished eating and I don't know if it was the beer talking or what but I got the brainiac idea of going back to Gaudi's church.
It turned out to be a brilliant idea since the crowds were gone and there where no lines to get in.
It was absolutely breathtaking.
In most European cathedrals the stained glass is dominant, but here Gaudi's architecture prevailed.
Sagrada Familia is not to be missed. Lines or no lines!
One thing you notice as you travel is how, no matter where you are, some things are always the same.
People love their American movies, music,
Dora and Sponge Bob,
and Burger King!
Encourage one another,
PS: I apologize for the size of these photos. The blogging program I'm forced to use on my iPad compresses them to this size. : (