Friday, August 22, 2008

Pictures, finally!

I have finally uploaded photos from our family trip!
To see images about our adventures in Vienna, including visiting the fan area for the Euro Cup games, taking a carriage ride around the royal palace, shopping and eating downtown, and visiting the music museum, plus lots more, click here!
To look at our pictures from Rome--where we toured the Forum, Palatine Hill, St. Peters, the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and much more (by bus and on foot)--click here.  
And to see our pictures from Barcelona (a new city for me, and definitely one of my favorites!) click here.  This city was so much fun, from the wacky street artists, outdoor pet stores, and gorgeous flower stands on La Rambla to the surreal buildings by Antoni Gaudi--there was too much to do in just 3 days!
Probably the most interesting of Gaudi's architecture in Barcelona was La Sagrada Familia, a modern day cathedral that has been under construction since 1882 and is scheduled to be finished by 2026, 100 years after Gaudi's death.  This cathedral really is breathtaking, and it was fun to visit a non-traditional cathedral (it didn't look like all the others!).  Hopefully I can visit Barcelona again to see it after it is completed with all of its 18 towers.  
Along with all of Gaudi's works throughout the city, I also loved the Barcelona Pavilion by Mies Van Der Rohe.  This building was a great example of modern simplicity at its best and certainly justifies the statement 'less is more.'  

Barcelona was definitely the warmest city we visited in Europe, but we ran out of time to visit the beach.  There was so much to see and do here, I would love to go back one day.  Perhaps I'll visit the city of Girona and see all of the Salvador Dali museums...  It was a great end to two weeks of fun and traveling.  I think everyone had a good time!

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