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Barcelona was a mix of architectural wonders and sporty dreams! I wandered around the massive Sagrada Familia, amazed by its unique design and long history. While I didn’t get inside (next time, reservation!), I got fantastic pictures from everywhere in the city, including a sightseeing cruise on the Mediterranean. The cruise was a great way to see the city from a different perspective, with views of Montjuïc Castle, Sagrada Familia, and Barceloneta’s beaches. 
Another highlight was Plaça d’Espanya, a huge square built for the World’s Fair in 1929. The Venetian Towers and Palau Nacional Palace were like something out of a history book! And for any soccer fan like me, a trip to Barcelona wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Camp Nou, the FC Barcelona stadium. The €26 tour was totally worth it – I got to see the Hall of Fame, the Olympic torch, the locker room with its giant whirlpool, and even stood on the field itself! Barcelona has something for everyone – history, architecture, relaxation, and even a little soccer obsession!

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Barcelona’s famous Sagrada Familia, is unlike any church I’d ever seen. It was hard to believe it’s been under construction since 1882! Apparently, the architect, Gaudí, only managed to finish a quarter of it before he passed away in 1926. Construction has been chugging along ever since, and by 2010 they’d finally reached the halfway point. They say it’ll be finished by 2026, exactly 100 years after Gaudí’s death, if all goes according to plan.

Unfortunately, I hadn’t booked a reservation and the line to get in was crazy long, so I didn’t get to see the inside this time. A reason to come back to Barcelona! Next time, I’ll be sure to plan ahead.

Even though I couldn’t go in, I got some amazing pictures of the Sagrada Familia. You can see it from all over the city, and I even got a fantastic view from the deck of a sightseeing cruise I took on the Mediterranean. There’s a big park nearby too, and the area is full of shops and restaurants. All in all, a pretty cool spot!

I stood in the impressive Plaça d’Espanya, a massive square in the heart of Barcelona. This grand space was built in 1929 for the World’s Fair, and it was easy to imagine the hustle and bustle of that era. I wandered around, taking in the details of the square’s architecture and the surrounding buildings.

One particularly interesting sight was the Venetian Towers, which flanked the square like bookends. These towers looked like they were straight out of Venice, and I could almost hear the gondolas gliding by. I also noticed Montjuïc Hill rising up in the distance. I knew it offered panoramic views of the city, and I made a mental note to climb it for a better look.

Another nearby landmark that caught my eye was the Palau Nacional, a grand palace that looked like it belonged to royalty. I could only imagine the lavish parties and events that must have been held there. Plaça d’Espanya was a fascinating place, steeped in history and surrounded by beauty. I was glad I had the chance to experience it for myself.

My first day in Barcelona included a relaxing Mediterranean Sightseeing Cruise. I wasn’t picky about which company to cruise with, so I just grabbed a ticket with the next available departure. The cruise was a great way to see the city from a different angle. We sailed out of the port, passing by freighters and cruise ships. 

As we moved into open water, the waves got choppy, but I managed to snap some decent pictures of the coastline, including Montjuïc Castle, the Sagrada Familia, and Barceloneta’s beaches. On the way back, I got a better look at the W Hotel and the Edifici Colón building. It was a fun way to spend an afternoon getting my bearings in Barcelona!

In Barcelona, a city known for culture and architecture, I scored a dream experience for any soccer fan – a tour of Camp Nou, the massive stadium that seats nearly 100,000 passionate FC Barcelona supporters.
Although I originally planned just to admire it from the outside, the €26 tour was too tempting. After a quick metro ride and security check, I was inside, exploring the Hall of Fame, the Olympic torch, the vast seating area, the media room, the locker room with its giant whirlpool, and even the field itself – an amazing way to feel the energy of the stadium.