Day 11: Saw Sagrada Familia because of short stopover in Barcelona

(September 21, 2016, Wednesday) Today we flew back to Paris after an overnight stay in Geneva, Switzerland.

It wasn’t a direct flight though – we had an almost six-hour layover in Barcelona, Spain.

(Click on the lines to view flight details. Total fare for three adults was 185.34 euros.)


We didn’t have the luxury of time, so from the airport we went straight to Sagrada Familia.

With my mom

Sagrada Familia, designed by architect Antoni Gaudi, is still under construction. Despite this, the church is already the most iconic attraction in the city. The 0-euro souvenir banknote below lumps the unfinished structure together with other famous landmarks in Europe: the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Manneken Pis in Brussels, the Colosseum in Rome, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, and the Big Ben in London. Oh, this reminds me that I’ve never been to England. The Big Ben is the only one with no hyperlink to any of my blog posts. Anyway that’s another matter.

Souvenir banknote

Maybe Sagrada Familia’s unfinished state adds to its allure. For a visitor like me, scaffolding on any attraction is a nightmare. But in the case of Sagrada Familia, I liked the scaffolding precisely because it’s not yet finished.




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