I have so much to thank my parents for and have loved the time spent with them in south america and for the week here in barcelona. They have been incredibly supportive of my travels and the message above rings particularly true for me and what my parents have provided. Roots and wings which i certainly have been using!
We then went to Barcelona’s number 1 site (which it had taken me until now to visit!!) the incredible Sagrada Familia
The expiatory church of La Sagrada Família is a work on a grand scale which was begun on 19 March 1882 from a project by the diocesan architect Francisco de Paula del Villar (1828-1901). At the end of 1883 Gaudí was commissioned to carry on the works, a task which he did not abandon until his death in 1926. Since then different architects have continued the work after his original idea.
The building is in the centre of Barcelona, and over the years it has become one of the most universal signs of identity of the city and the country. It is visited by millions of people every year and many more study its architectural and religious content.
It has always been an expiatory church, which means that since the outset, 125 years ago now, it has been built from donations. Gaudí himself said: “The expiatory church of La Sagrada Família is made by the people and is mirrored in them. It is a work that is in the hands of God and the will of the people.” The building is still going on and could be finished some time in the first third of the 21st century. After having a bite to eat looking at the intricate and somewhat creepy facade
we headed back through El Born to the hotel and then later i waved goodbye to my parents as they were carried away by the taxi to the airport to make for Australia. As i said it was really great to spend time with them again and i am already looking forward to seeing them in about 2 1/2 months – this time in Italy!