We now feel we have become familiar enough with this beautiful city to call it by it’s nickname “Barca”.   When the sun shines on Barca as it did all day today it is nothing less than magnifico!  We started our day with a tour of the Palau de la Musica Catalana.ImageThis magnificent 1908 music hall is indisputably one of Barcelona’s modernist masterpieces.  The balustrade is glass and mosaics and is just a tease of what’s inside….Imageceramics, carved pumice crowned by an enormous yellow, blue and green stained-glass dome that looks like a swollen raindrop ImagePhotographs were prohibited inside the music hall but all guilt went out the window when we found this structure belonged to a wealthy industrialist!  As a result you can share in our experience which was so breathtaking it is indescribable except through our photographs and of course our memories…….ImageWe spent the afternoon wandering the lanes of the Barri Gothic and the Raval district which houses the Museum of Modern Art and the University of Barcelona.  An old working class area that is being “gentrified”and is home to “cup cake shops” and Cheryl’s best find of the trip a vinyl shop where she picked up some “drum & base” for Steven (the 20 something owner who proudly announced his shop had only opened this week was quite surprised Cheryl knew about dub step and drum & base).ImageAfter a short rest back at our Hotel we headed out on the Metro to the Font Magica where wondrous waters dance to a light and pop music show in front of the Palau Nacional.  It was magical (as the name implies) with colors changing from the deepest red to mauve to blue while classical, opera and some pop played to the sprayImageIt is impossible to describe the enormity of the fountain except to have a glance at the people in this photo at the foot of the structure.  We took the Metro (we now give directions to tourists with maps) to the Old Town for dinner at a delightful Thai restaurant.  Another glorious day in Barca.

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