Welcome back for another post about my European adventures. On our second day we went to Basilica de La Sagadra Familia which was one of my favorite parts of the trip and you’ll see why when you look at the pictures below! You can check out my journey from Barcelona to Sitges and what I did on day one in Sitges in the previous posts. So day 2 I was pretty jet lagged and slept about half the day. When I finally did pull myself out of bed I wandered around town for a little bit on my own while Molly was at her conference and then I came back to the hotel and had a fancy lunch by myself at the Iris Restaurant in the Estela Hotel.
I also started reading my book Rising Strong by Brené Brown who I LOVE. I highly recommend checking out any of her books she is fabulous. This was flat bread with tomato spread and extra virgin olive oil with marinated tuna tataki with soy, honey, aromatics and crispy sesame. YUM. The best part about this trip was that everything I ate was fantastic and if you know me you know that is VERY important to me.
I love the eyes on the doors of the restaurant. This is looking into the lobby of the hotel. That night Molly and I hopped on the bus with the people in her conference and headed into Barcelona for an excursion to La Sagadra Familia.
I’m wearing one of my favorite lippies here Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in India Intrigue.
Basilica De La Sagadra Familia is definitely a “can’t miss” of Barcelona, but it is so massive it’s pretty much impossible to miss it. It’s also the only point of interest from our whole trip that we took an actual tour of and I’m glad we did because it really gave me an even deeper appreciation for it.
I had seen pictures of the church when looking up things to do in Barcelona so I knew what it looked like, but seeing it in person was a completely different experience. I was seriously in awe this thing is so massive and incredible it gives you goose bumps.
Antoni Gaudí is a Spanish architect and Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) is his magnum opus. He also has a few other very famous pieces in Barcelona that you’ll see in upcoming posts. Gaudí began Sagrada Familia in 1883 and the reason there are so many cranes is because it is still not complete. It is estimated to be completed in 2026 after almost 150 years in construction. I believe it currently has 8 towers, but when it’s done it will have 18 with the highest at 172.5 meters which is almost twice as tall as the tallest ones currently. Here’s an awesome video I found of a simulation of the completion:
So I had seen a bunch of pictures of the outside online before seeing it in person and as Molly said- it looks like when you’re making a sand castle and you drip wet sand on top. The brown/gray color is kind of meh and you can’t feel it’s presence from a picture of the outside online. What I didn’t realize was how incredibly light and colorful and beautiful it is on the inside:
A few more of the outside:
When we came back to Sitges we had dinner at a restaurant by the marina called La Taverna Del Puerto which serves Catalonian and Mediterranean food. They served us croquettes, mussels, coca bread, potatoes with sausages, fideuà a la cassola (similar to paella, but with small thin noodles instead of rice) and for dessert we had crema catalana which was like a more runny creme brûlée.
I might have had too much Spanish wine at dinner because I forgot to take picture of much else. Stay tuned for the next part!