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Canadian viagra Ahh Barcelona… where do I begin.

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Day 4 – November 1, canadian viagra 2011

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Canadian viagra Passeig de Gràcia

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Canadian viagra Casa Battlo

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Canadian viagra A bit north of this is another one of Gaudi’s creation, canadian viagra Casa Milà / La Pedrera.

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Canadian viagra Casa Milà

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Canadian viagra After this we took the bus down to Plaza de Catalunya…

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Canadian viagra Colombus Monument. Canadian viagra Looks small on this pic, canadian viagra but it was quite tall!

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Canadian viagra and finally we reached the pier!! crossed the bridge and had more tapas for dinner..

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Day 5 – November 2, canadian viagra 2011

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Canadian viagra Parc Güell

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Canadian viagra but it’s so worth it because once at the top you’re greeted with a beautiful view of Barcelona from above!

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Canadian viagra Cake house! likely to be inspired by Hansel & Gretel?

Canadian viagra We descended down the mountain once again to our main destination of the day – La Sagrada Família church. Canadian viagra We’ve seen amazing pictures of the place and just could NOT wait to get there! So we took the bus down (I think it was number 93, canadian viagra you take it from the same bus station that Bus 24 dropped you off at), canadian viagra and then the metro down to where the church is.

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Canadian viagra There it was, canadian viagra the grand, canadian viagra breathtaking Sagrada Família. Canadian viagra No pictures we’ve seen thus far did justice or prepared us to the magnificence of this piece of art. Canadian viagra The details on this church are just indescribable. Canadian viagra It’s really not surprising that it has been a work in progress since 1883, canadian viagra and they’re still continuing to build even today!

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Canadian viagra When we got inside, canadian viagra Serena and I were just at loss for words. Canadian viagra Absolutely beautiful and it ruined all the other churches we visited afterwards because none of them came even close to Sagrada Família.

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Canadian viagra We didn’t want to wait for the lift to descend down, canadian viagra so we took the stairs instead. Canadian viagra It wasn’t so bad except for the part with the tight spiral staircase which can make you feel dizzy after awhile…

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Canadian viagra Had quick bites at a place called Taller de Tapas, canadian viagra which serves some of the best croquettas I’ve had so far in Spain!

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Canadian viagra And that concludes our last night in Spain. Canadian viagra We fly out to Rome the next day at 11am.

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