The Barcelona Endurance Test

We had given ourselves the ultimate challenge, to see as much of Barcelona in a day as possible. It was madness!

Barcelona is an enormous city and it was a case of what didn’t Gaudi design as it seemed he was prolific. 
We started at the Sagrada Familia, his unfinished cathedral which, while stunning is covered in scaffolding and still has a lot to be done. It was impressive but very touristy and the place was packed. 

From there we walked to the Arc de Triomf, a large red brick celebratory arch leading down to the Parc de la Ciutadella as we needed a bit of a sit down. It was hot!

We sat in the park to rest before setting off into the old town passing Santa Maria del Mar and the cathedral. 

It was impressive to say the least. 
After lunch we continued the tour as we walked along Las Ramblas and passed a couple of Gaudi buildings along the way, unique in their organic design but taking inspiration from their surroundings. 
By the end of the day we were exhausted and that’s when things started to go wrong.
There’s nothing worse than looking for somewhere to eat in a strange city when you’re tired and hungry. Unfortunately that’s what happened and for the first time we were struggling with what to do. 
Nothing seemed to be open near us and we hadn’t done any research on where to eat. In a city the size of Barcelona, that was a big mistake. 
In the end we ate and went to bed soon after, the realisation that perhaps we’d done too much on our Barcelona Endurance test. 
Lesson learned?

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