Saturday, June 8, 2019

June 7, 2019, Barcelona, Spain.     147/183

Spain is made up of 17 provinces, 4 of which comprise  Catalonia, the richest region.  Barcelona, the second largest city with 3,000,000 residents, is located here with history dating back 3,000 years. This is one of our favorite places in Europe, with La Rambla Ave. being special.

Barcelona was the first area to begin development during the industrial revolution in Europe as textile production began.  Contains an efficient, cheap subway system connecting all areas.

Jewish influence was significant from the 9th to 15th centuries, until they were forced out by the Catholic church, beginning in 1492!

Gaudi's architectural projects are the main focus of our visit today, including the Sagrada Familia church which was started in 1882.  Completion is projected for 2026, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Gaudi's death in 1926, when he was run over by a street car.

Catalonia outlawed bull fighting / killing in the four provinces.

Criz Punsalan, Vice President of Cruise Connections, met Merrilynne and I and her other  customers on our Oceania cruise, with a bus and tour guide, for a wonderful day of touring Barcelona.  Thank you Criz!

By the way, Cruise Connections' head office is located in Vancouver, which is where Criz is based.  Criz met us in New York for a fabulous 'sendoff' dinner and party at the Plaza Hotel on January 10, then she met us again in Los Angeles when our ship reached that port, for another gathering and lunch.  I cannot speak highly enough about the service and support given to their customers by Cruise Connections!

Docked at the closest berth to La Rambla Street in Barcelona.  7 other cruise ships were in port, verification that this is the busiest cruise port in Europe.  You need a taxi just to get to the closest shore from the furthest berth!

Port view

View of Barcelona on our drive to Gaudi Park

Former bull fighting ring now converted to an indoor shopping complex.

Canadian coffee chain Tim Horton's on La Rambla

Views aroiund the city as we tour.

1900 year old Roman wall

Casa Mila by Gaudi

Gaudi Park Photos

Very mystical in nature, with much recycling of old materials.

View from inside Park, including the Sagrada Familia construction cranes

Merrilynne with Criz, Cruise Connections' Vice President. (Our Travel Agent) 

Sagrada Familia by Gaudi

Sequence of photos covering both exterior and interior of the church, which has been under construction since 1882.
People  of faith will recognize many of the scenes on the church exterior!

Interior of the Sagradia Familia

The interior is at least 100 feet high, amazing place!

Note spiral stairway

Looking at the ceiling

Dramatic sunlight effect

Jesus on a cross

Future main door

Vic and Stephanie Fast, Criz and Howard at the table during our lunch break

Building beside our restaurant at lunch.

Murals painted on building along La Ramala

Finishing off our visit with refreshments on La Rambla.  Our ship is moored about 1000 meters away

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