We started the day with a guided bus tour around Barcelona. We had an incredible guide who was able to give us an excellent glimpse of the city and it's rich artistic and political history. Speaking of politics, it was during our guided bus tour that the breaking news came in. In a nationwide address King Juan Carlos announced that he would passing the crown down to his son, Prince Felipe. This was big news for Spain, Juan Carlos had been king for 39 years. But after so many years of illness, it seemed to be the right time.
Shortly after, we arrived at Park Guell.. The park includes a collection of some of Gaudi's most innovative structures. At the time that he built them, though later proven unsuccessful, the intention was for it to be a development of high quality, yet very artistic homes. An architectonic genius, he based his designs on the foundations of geometry. The park is replete with iconography, colorful mosaics, gardens, and mythological elements. A true feast for the eyes!
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