Day Two: Barcelona, Spain

Excitement prevented our sleep in, so we started our day early and made our way to the La Catedral. Coming early has its perks, there was hardly anyone around, which makes it much easier to take photos. The gothic architecture is truly something to admire.

We made a move to Esglesia de Santa Maria del Mar in El Born. This beautiful gothic church, hidden amongst clutter of building, is like a sanctuary amongst the chaos. Compared to the narrow neighbouring streets, you would be amazed by the light and space inside the church.

We made our way to the Mercat de Santa Caterina for a quick (and cheap) lunch. Several of the stores were closed on Mondays, but there is still plenty of stores selling things like fruit, cheese, seafood, bread and deli meat.

We continued our day of sightseeing with a guided tour of the Palau de la Musica Catalana which took us inside the magnificent auditorium. Our guide explained how the combination of different materials used to create this music hall intensifies the acoustics of human voice and high frequency, making the Palau an enchanting concert setting. I have officially added a classical concert at the Palau on my bucket list.

We finished our day with a stroll down Passeig de Gracia and more sightseeing at another Gaudi’s masterpiece, Casa Batllo. The facade is exquisite and magical, sprinkled with colourful tiles, wave-shaped window frames and mask-like balconies. The entrance fee is steep (€20.35) but I do recommend it as you get to see the building from the inside which gives you access to the multiple curved rooms, back terrace and the roof with twisting chimneys.

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