Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wednesday, May 25th

Today we were determined to get into La Sagrada Familia- Gaudi's most famous work!  This was our 3rd attempt and I'm happy to say that we were successful.  Timing is everything!  We hung around the apt. today, doing laundry and what not and didn't get to the Church until 2pm, what a difference 2 hrs make, we almost walked right up to the ticket booth.  We bought the Audio guide with our ticket and it proved to be wonderful, you could just wander around at your leisure and listen to history, descriptions etc.  It was an amazing experience.

Though construction of Sagrada Família had commenced in 1882, when Gaudí took over the project in 1883 he transformed it with his architectural and engineering style—combining Gothic and curvilinear, Modernista forms[8] with ambitious structural columns and arches.[9][10]

Gaudí devoted his last years to the project and at the time of his death in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete.  He left drawings of his project and dedicated people of all talents are still working on it, the money from the visitors is paying for it.  It is still years away of being finished.  Gaudi was a very devout Catholic and his works show it.  

We had a spontaneous fabulous evening!  My cousin Juanjo called and asked if we wanted to go out for a drink.  We said ' Sure" but of course we thought soon, maybe 7-8pm?  No he said he'd pick us up at 9pm!  What were we thinking, this is Spain!  He picked us up and we drove to their house to pick up Eva.  He wanted us to see his Cuba room and Eva wasn't there yet so we went in for a drink.  My Spanish relatives are rich, what happened to the Cuban Duelo's?  He wanted to show me his Cuba room.  He says he loves everything Cuban.  It was a wonderful room dedicated to everything Cuban.  Eva arrived and off we were.  First up to the mountain of Tibadaio to see the city by night lights, it was beautiful.  Then off to a Tapas Bar for some Tapas of course and some wine.  The Place was packed and it was Wednesday night.  We left our name and crossed the street for a quick glass of wine.  At 11pm we finally got seats at the counter, the place was still packed, unbelievable!  Juanjo ordered for us and we had some wonderful Tapas and a wonderful Spanish bottle of wine.  This night was a real highlight for us.  Here we were in a local Tapas bar, not a tourist bar, with locals, eating fabulous food at 11pm at night, we couldn't have been happier!
We ate razor clams, cockles, veal, duck liver, wonderful wine and great desserts. But best of all was the people we where with and the environment.

Tomorrow we're off for a bike ride along the beach!
Buenas Noches!  Elenita y Howard Arturo

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