Tuesday May 19, 2015
After spending just a few days in Barcelona, we head to Lisbon today. But first we have one media visit to La Vanguardia.
This morning we had to make the dreaded trip through the streets of Barcelona to get to our bus. This morning though, we had our luggage with us, the only good thing was that there weren’t that many people in the street this time. So we hopped on our bus and headed to La Vanguardia.
La Vanguardia is a Spanish daily newspaper, printed in Spanish and since May 3, 2011 in Catalan. It has its headquarters in Barcelona, but it is Catalonia's leading newspaper. La Vanguardia, despite being mostly distributed in Catalonia only, has Spain's fourth-highest circulation among general-interest newspapers, trailing only the three main Madrid dailies, El País, El Mundo and ABC, all of which are national newspapers with bureau and local editions throughout the country. Its editorial line leans to the center of politics and is moderate in its opinions, although under Franco it had followed the francoist ideology.
The newspaper prints daily in two parallel editions, one in Spanish and another one in Catalan. The Spanish name La Vanguardia is used for both editions.
After we finished, we headed to the La Sagrada Família. We were originally supposed to go to a park, but there was rain in the forecast and didn’t want to risk it so we travel to the church instead.
The la Sagrada Família is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Although the church is still incomplete; Gaudi was taking his daily walk and he was struck by a passing tram and lost consciousness. Assumed to be a beggar because of his lack of identity documents and shabby clothing, the unconscious Gaudí did not receive immediate aid. A few days later he died, a large crowd gathered to bid farewell to him in the chapel of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the crypt of the Sagrada Família.
Anyway, back to the la Sagrada Família, Construction of Sagrada Família had commenced in 1882 and Gaudí became involved in 1883, taking over the project and transforming it with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Gaudí devoted his last years to the project, and at the time of his death at age 73 in 1926 less than a quarter of the project was complete. Sagrada Família's construction progressed slowly, as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War, only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Construction passed the midpoint in 2010 with some of the project's greatest challenges remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026, the centenary of Gaudí's death.
It is a beautiful structure to see and tour, but I would have rather seen it when it is all complete. (Guess I will need to make another trip back here!!)
We got back on our bus and headed to the airport to depart to Lisbon. Our flight to Lisbon wasn’t that bad, it was relatively easy. The only downside was that we arrived in Lisbon later in the evening. So we pretty much arrived, packed the bus, headed to our hotel and went to bed. It was a long day and we were all ready for bed. Me personally, I was looking forward to comfy pillows, considering the ones we have had have been terrible. But hey, when I am tired I will take anything I can get!
Hasta la proxima!!