Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Gaudi and the Castellers - The Fruchter's day 3

The weather forecast continued to bounce between partly sunny and partly cloudy, with maybe some rain. Or maybe not. Once again we avoided any rain. In fact, the group got more than it bargained for as we made our first stop at the Sagrada Familia. I know I mentioned this just a couple of weeks ago, but once again every time I go there recently the construction seems to have shoved into hyperdrive. The interior is almost ready, they even have the alter up! It's amazing to see the transformation. But the surprise of the morning was when we reached the other side of the church: lining up along the Calle Marina in front of the Nativity Facade were three groups of Castellers, the Catalan human tower troupes. What a treat to see them form towers of people right there! And of course, there was the traditional accompanying music and even some of the Gegants.

Next up we hit the Park Guell (please note, not the Parque Guell, nor even Parc Guell), and the sun really broke through. The multitudes were celebrating a spectacular autumn day. After a quick lunch along the Passeig de Gracia, we got into La Pedrera, the last of the Gaudi sites on the day's itinerary.

We had enough time to take one last stroll to the Plaza del Pi, then we were off to the train station where the AVE awaited to take us to Madrid. Next stop: 3 days in Madrid!

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