After lunch in Barcelona during day 6, our Buffalo group took a guided tour of the temple: La Sagrada Familia. This is Barcelona’s most famous landmark. It is an awe-inspiring church designed by the famous Antoni Gaudí that has been under construction for more than a century and will take around another decade to complete. While I have been outside the cathedral a few times, I have never been inside. The lines to enter are usually super-long, but we managed to purchase tickets in advance for a guided tour that would skip the line. Upon entering, we were absolutely awe-struck by its beauty. Gaudí designed the church to look like a forest of sorts, playing with light and colors to loan a stunning visual effect throughout.
Next, we took the Barcelona metro to re-join our larger group for a walking tour of plaza Cataluńa and the Gothic Quarter to La Rambla.
We ended our day with free time and dinner. For free time, some went shopping along La Rambla (Barcelona’s famous shopping steer lines with cafes and street performers). Others just wandered the windy streets and people-watched. Half of our group also walked down to the sea today as it was (for a couple) their first time at an ocean. All in all, it was a perfect afternoon to enjoy the city. We enjoyed perfect warm weather throughout.