Today we got up early and went to the bakery around the corner for breakfast. Just because we’re not in France or Italy doesn’t mean we cant keep up with the “pastries for breakfast” tradition that started in Croatia! I think the fresh squeezed orange juice is what I’m going to miss most when we’re back home.
After that we jumped on the bus and headed over to Parc Güell. The idea for the park is credited to Eusebi Güell, who put Antonio Gaudí in charge of it’s creation and design. The park was supposed to be part of a larger urbanized area – an idea that eventually failed. It’s free to walk around the park but there is a charge to enter the balcony/plaza area, so we bought our tickets and hiked around waiting for our entrance time. Since we had a couple hours, once we were done hiking we walked out of the park (down a giant hill) to get lunch and decide what we were going to do with the rest of the day.
Once we left Parc Güell, we headed back down the hill to the Basilica de la Sagrada Família. Another Goudí installation. Construction on this curch began in 1882, Goudí became involved in the project in 1883, and at the time of his death in 1926, less then a quarter of the project was considered “complete”. As of June 2016 the estimated finish date for construction is somewhere between 2016-28, and the finish date for decoration is between 2030-32.
You can’t see it in these photos, but the names of important Places, Saints, and donors are written in the stained glass windows.
Antonio Gaudí’s grave in the crypt beneath the Basilica.