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Magnificos!

What a magnificent day in busy (and still sunny!) Barcelona. Today, our group enjoyed some iconic sights and sounds of the city. 

We started off the day with a visit to a masterpiece by Gaudi—the stunning, yet still under construction, work of Catalan Modernism, La Sagrada Familia. Gaudi, sometimes called "God's architect," saw construction begin on the Church Of the Holy Family in 1882. When asked how he felt about knowing he would never see the finished work, Gaudi replied that it was not trouble since, "My client is in no hurry." Our tour guide, and Gaudi super-fan, Miguel asked that we all come back to meet him in exactly 12 years — on March 1, 2026 — the projected completion date for La Sagrada. #signmeup

The afternoon consisted of time for exploration. Some visited the Picasso museum in Barcelona's banking district. It houses over 3,500 works by the master that so loved Barcelona. Once we reach Madrid, we'll have the opportunity to view the renowned "Guernica" by Picasso. Others in our group took a leisurely ramble down Las Ramblas, a pedestrian mall full of shops, cafés and even a sidewalk mosaic by artist Joan Miro. Perhaps not as classic, but just as delightful, is grabbing a quick glass of sangria or a popular Spanish candy, a Bueno Bar (Imagine a Kit-Kat and a Ferrer Rocher producing offspring and then you have the chocolately goodness that is, to say the least, bueno.).

We gathered again for a dinner that included a sampling of traditional local appetizers. For some in our group, it was dinner and a show; we had the opportunity to attend a concert by world-renowned classical Spanish guitarist, Manuel Gonzalez. A few lucky travelers even got a photo with the master and autographed CDs. 

We will say good-bye to Barcelona bright and early tomorrow, as we hop aboard the high-speed train for Spain's capital, Madrid. 

Magnificos!

Magnificos!