|trying to encourage use of a toilet|
|I wanted to bring home a sibling for Riley|
The tour started with a film that described the history of the building, Mutaner, and the city. I thought it was fascinating. Ryan fell asleep.
We then went into the main concert hall. It was breathtaking. It was colorful, but not over-the-top. Since this is a private building, they do not let you take photos. So here are some I found on google images.
|this was on the ceiling. They called it the water drop. From the bottom looking up, it looked like the sun.|
|The side. There use to be a church here, but they knocked it down so you could see the side. Then they put up this glass wall.|
|knock-off zhu zhu pets!|
|Ryan adjusting our filters|
|this made my day!|
|at the end- finally!|
We found the place easy enough- and filled out all the paperwork. Turns out, our licenses don't really count over there, so they said if we were pulled over, we could be fined. Oh well. The car worked like a motorcycle, but we realized neither of us have really ever driven one. Ryan decided to be the driver, and I was the co-pilot. The car was equipped with a GPS system that took you on a route depending on how long you wanted to be out. She also told little factoids along the way.
As we turned out of the shop an onto the main street, we realized we had NO CLUE what any of the street signs meant. It was scary for a minute or two. Ryan just decided to follow the taxi's. I think we only ran a few red lights, went down a bus lane for a few blocks- but other than that, we were cool!
|have no clue what that sign on the right means...|
|la Sagrada Familia on the horizon|
|La Sagrada Familia|
After about 50 minutes of sheer joy, the trip turned sour. Our lovely GPS told us to turn, but we weren't in the correct lane to do so. Unfortunately, the next option to turn was quite a ways away. When we were finally able to do so, we anticipated our trusty GPS would let us know how to get back. Not so. She assumed since we missed the turn that we wanted to explore, so she decided turn off. Crap.
You paid by 10 min. increments. We think the failed GPS and poor location was a smart marketing move.
After the fun/horrible car ride, we wanted to get back to the hotel so I could change into church wear to tour the Cathedral of Barcelona.
|the "r" of Barcelona|
|pardon the crane.|
|electrical prayer candles. original to the building.|
|locking his bag to fend off thieves.|
|ducks in the cloister. cute- but stinky.|
We then went to the coolest department store ever. El Corte Ingles. Which stands for The English cuff. This place has everything. From designer clothes, to a grocery store, to a travel agency, to music stuff, to toys. It is huge. And oh so fun!
|One of the three stores on on street.|
We had fun looking around, and were fascinated by the anatomically correct dolls. If we had kids, we would have brought these home with us. Kinda creepy we took a photo, but I know you all think it is cool too!
After exploring the store, we grabbed some food, and went to bed. Adios!