When we reached the cathedral we found that it was (not surprisingly) partly under restoration. Yelah... awal tahun... baru dapat budget :P.
Although it was under restoration, visitors and worshippers were allowed in. However, since I have been inside another gothic cathedral (Santa Maria del Mar), I figured, they would probably look more or less the same. So, after taking a breather, we continued to our next destination: Basilica de la Sagrada Familia. It was easy to go there from anywhere in Barcelona because the metro station was aptly named Sagrada Familia, too.
I admit before coming to Barcelona, I know nuts about this UNESCO world heritage site. However, the daughter was very excited to see the place, having seen it first in the Disney Channel Movie: The Cheetah Girls 2.
|Sagrada Familia looming at the background|
|The Nativity Facade of Sagrada Familia|
|The Passion Facade of Sagrada Familia|
From Sagrada Familia, we boarded the Metro to the Diagonal station to visit another Gaudi's creation, Casa Mila. Unlike Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila a.k.a La Pedrera is a residential apartment. It was originally built for a Catalan Bourgeois family, the Milas. Now, visitors can actually visit the second floor and the roof for a fee, but the third to fifth floors are closed to visitors, most probably because there are residents in these floors.
|Casa Mila - look at the undulating stone facade :)|