Barcelona, Spain; Day 4

So the two youngest, yucky feeing Adventurers turned up positive for their at-home Covid test. Bummer. We knew Europe had a much higher Covid rate than Africa and the risk would be higher, but breakthrough infections still stink.

When CreeperPuppy and CreeperKitty came down with a fever it seemed the prudent thing to do was take a test and see what we were dealing with. Turns out it was 2 Adventurers positive in multiple tests and 4 Adventurers negative.

So we’ve split up for the next few days – Tiffany, Tracy and Suaram all had negative tests and moved to the hotel across the street. Brian tested negative but is staying with the boys as they fight the virus and get back to 100%.  Their day today was spent hanging out in the apartment reading, playing some video games, napping etc. At least the Masters is on!

Since all of the ladies are fully vaccinated and have tested negative (twice) they can still be out in the world with a mask (according to the experts) so today they took in some key Barcelona sights.

The first set of sites were buildings designed by the famous Antoni Gaudí – an architect known as the greatest exponent of Catalan Modernism.  Tracy, Tiffany and Suaram toured the Sagrada Familia which is a gorgeous basilica started in 1882 and is still under construction today. Gaudí was significantly involved in his creation until his death in 1926 and is now buried in the crypt of the structure. Since his passing, work has continued using his design based on models, detailed drawings and interpretations.

The outside of the church shows scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. The Nativity façade is quite ornate while the Passion façade is purposely more austere. But height and excessive decoration are the key elements all around.

The inside was designed to look like a forest with natural light coming through hidden skylights and numerous stained glass windows.

In addition to the basilica, they walked by a couple other famous Gaudí works but didn’t venture inside.

Next up was a journey to the top of Tibidado, a 1,680 foot high hill overlooking Barcelona. It features the beautiful Sacra Cor church built between 1902 and 1961.

The crypt has detailed mosaics and rich sculptures on the walls.

The interior of the church has soaring ceiling and detailed stained glass windows.

In addition to the church, the hill boasts panoramic views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean.

It also has an amusement park which was popular today despite chilly winds. We didn’t ride since the boys weren’t there and we were short on time but we did enjoy the views and some yummy fresh made waffles.

Our last adventure of the day was to descend the hill using the Tibidabo funicular- the first of its kind in Spain, originally opened in 1901.

The end of the day gave 4 more negative tests and two boys still sick but on the mend and hopefully headed for Adventures before we know it.

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