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Trip Report: Sightseeing in Barcelona, Spain and the Netherlands (page 1)
All photos by Todd unless otherwise noted.

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As part of a trip around Europe that mainly involved outdoor activities the author and his wife spent a few days doing the 'tourist thing' and seeing the sights in a few of the less remote areas we traveled through - namely Barcelona and Holland. Since I'm not well versed in these cultural and historic features, I'll present a few photos with little comment or just make stuff up as the mood suits me.
Barcelona is located on the coast in the northeast corner of Spain and served as the hub for our travels to and from the area. The city features a gothic quarter which consists of a maze of interconnecting dark streets linked with squares. Most of the buildings date from the 14th and 15th century.
Though I'm not sure why it's significant, a photo of this walkway, which connects two gothic buildings, appears in every brochure about the city I happened across and now I present it to you (perpetuating the image like a virus). 
The Catedral Gotic (Catalonian spelling) is one of the most famous gothic structures in the area and was built between 1298 - 1450. Even those not particularly taken with religious iconography would find the interior impressive.
This is part of a monument to Christopher Columbus which is located near the sea. It was built in 1888 for the Universal Exhibition and commemorates the discovery of America. The monument is almost 200 feet high and has a statue of Columbus himself at the top with his arm extended towards the New World. I'm assuming these lions are symbolic in nature since they don't really have much to do with the event that I'm aware of.
The work of the modernist Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi is inescapable when traveling through Barcelona. The building below is the Casa Batilo and was renovated by Gaudi in 1906 as an apartment complex.
La Sagrada Familia (or Holy Family Church) is one of Gaudi's most impressive works. Construction of the building began in 1882 and still continues today, funded by tourism. Not surprisingly the words 'Gaudi' and 'gaudy' are quite similar.
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