The change from Provençe to Santa Susanna, Spain could not have been more stark. But the vibe here is fun—it’s a noisy and busy place. Walking to the beach near the hotel one hears at least six different languages—German, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, English, Russian. People are drawn to the sea and to this region of Spain. It is beautiful here, and the weather is perfect.
We enjoyed a short bus tour of Barcelona, seeing the Olympic stadium and aquatic center, the exterior of the Basilica of Sagrada Família, designed by Antoni Gaudí, and other beautiful sights in the beautiful and vibrant city of Barcelona.
We visited Park Güell, like Sagrada Família, it was also designed by Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí’s design principle fuses the organic and natural world with his own artistic vision. The result is a unique and stunning sense of the world.
I helped take a small group of students on a bicycle tour of the city. It was a fantastic and fun way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the old part of Barcelona and the beaches, which were built just prior to the 1992 Olympiad.
After the bike tour, we walked a bit on La Rambla (not pictured) and enjoyed a nice meal.
Tomorrow we will return to La Rambla, visit the Picasso Museum and the Barcelona Cathedral, and eat some seafood paella. It will be our last day in Europe before we fly home the next morning.
This trip has been wonderful in so many ways, and I think we are all a bit sad to see it end. The kids made memories to last a lifetime, and it was a real pleasure to be a part of it. I will never forget this tour, and I cannot wait to get back and explore again!