No visit to this city would be complete without seeing
la Sagrada Família

Sagrada Familia


Gaudi's soaring towers - but still under construction
after more than 130 years!

Gaudi's soaring towers


Since Gaudi's death other architects have worked on the
basilica - using somewhat different styles

Passion facade


Inside, the stained glass windows produce dramatic effects...

Stained glass windows


...while the pulpit's canopy is yet another spectacular feature
of the building

Pulpit's canopy


Gaudi, of course, produced many other architectural masterpieces
including Parc Güell...

Parc Guell


...and its dragon...

Gaudi's dragon


...Palau Güell and the (20) unique chimneys on its roof...

Palau Guell


...and, La Pedrera

La Pedrera


A visit to Montserrat, outside of the city, includes the
Benedictine monastery...

Benedictine monastery


and its Black Madonna...

Black Madonna


...then a hike through the spectacular rock formations...

Rock formations the viewpoint at Saint Jeroni

Hiked to the top!


View from Saint Jeroni


Meanwhile, back in the city, what's with the line-up? Hundreds
of people are in a queue in front of a local church

Queue of people


They are buying roses to be blessed during The Festa de Santa Rita,
patron saint of impossible causes

Festa de Santa Rita


Another Catalonian tradition - the Sardana



Some members of the band are excellent multi-taskers!



They attract quite a crowd each Sunday in front of the cathedral

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The locals form circles and perform the traditional dance

Locals at play


Another Barcelona tradition, a statue on Las Ramblas - Imagine!



And, finally, for the birders, a Yellow-Legged Gull
on the waterfront, with - of all things - yellow legs!

Yellow-Legged Gull