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Barcelona was our first official rest stop. Two weeks. Oma and Papa joined us. We rented a lovely apartment and endeavored to take it easy.
Random City Sites:
Antonio Gaudi's Barcelona
Antonio Gaudi designed many of the older building in Barcelona, and was clearly a huge influence on architecture in the city. He worked in the mid to late 1800s, building organic curvy structures out of concrete. Here are a couple examples, from around town:
Familia Sagrada Church
Gaudi's dream building was a church he designed and called the Familia Sagrada. Work on this church began in 1888, and continues today. It is anticipated that it will be completed it in the next 30 years. It is huge!
Gaudi dreamed up a planned city, which he started to build. The city failed, but what he had built became a beautiful park, which is affectionately known as the Dr. Seuss Park, which is a little odd, as it predates Dr. Seuss.
The Bus Tour
We found this bus going up the big street next to our apartment, so one day, we got on.
The Miro Museum
There is the whole crew, sans photographer, though perhaps the fig-leafed Frenchman could stand in for him.
Oma brought a few supplies, to make sure we had a good Halloween. The kids organized a Schokoladeessenmitmesserundgabel.
The Boat Show
In preparation for our Africa legs, Tasha and Anika were practicing their photography... The objective on this outing was making sure the eyes were in focus while composing the photo. And this one takes the prize:
From Barcelona we flew to Madrid (since Iberia has discontinued the Barcelona-Cairo flight we had originally booked). From Madrid, we spent a day waiting for our lost luggage and then took a train down to Algeciras. From Algeciras we took a day trip to Gibraltar. Then we took a ferry over to Tangier, Morocco and the train down to Marrakech.
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