DAY 4 - CONTIKI TOUR 3 Lyon - Barcelona
16.01.2007 - 17.01.2007
As we decribed earlier, today was another bus day. We were stopped on our way into Spain for a passport check which involves the immagration officer boarding the bus while we all hold our passports out for him to see. We all managed to satisfy his requirements and no one was dragged off the bus so we were able to pass rather effortlessly into Spain. As like most 'bus days' there are various stops, most of the time at truck stops where we are able to buy snacks, lunch and any other requirements but as they are all fairly similar we wont mention the truck stops much as they are fairly boring and monotonous.
After arriving in Barcelona we headed straight to see Gaudi's famous La Sagrada Familia which is a large Roman Catholic basilica that is still under construction today and is unlikely to be finished until 2026 which also happens to be the 100th anniversary of Gaudi's death, although the likelihood of meeting this date is disputed. Considering that construction began in 1883 it is possible the longest running construction project ever, and to be totally honest both of us struggled to see validity of such ongoing construction. It was amazing to see, although neither of really liked it all that much, but we can both appreciate the enormity of the project and the amazing detail and vision needed for such a project.
After the Familia we headed to the hotel where we were able to find internet and check our emails as we were feeling a little cut off from the outside world before having dinner in the hotel.