Sunday, June 1, 2014

Our last day

We took advantage of a sunny morning in Barcelona yesterday to pay a visit to Parc Guell. The park overlooks the city from a hilltop vantage point with beautiful views looking out toward the Mediterranean. Many paths wind through the exterior of the park among many trees and plants. The architectural designs by Gaudi are found in the Monumental Zone at the center, where the famous broken-tile mosaic patterns cover many surfaces. At the entry staircase, a colorful tile lizard greets visitors on their way through the park. The area was originally created as an estate for the Guell family and other high class families at the turn of the 20th century. The Guell family offered it as a public park in the 1920s and it is now a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site. 

We also spotted a man making a giant pan of paella from one of the higher level trails:

We spent the afternoon at the beach despite some scattered showers, and rounded out our trip with dinner at an Irish pub by the port. Had to go full-circle! And now we're back in Dublin on our layover waiting to fly back to Boston!