BC: Say Cheese!
FC: Francis' and Jessy's Adventures to Barcelona, Paris and California | May 2012
1: This year Francis won the Magic the Gathering Barcelona ProTour Qualifier with the prize being a plane ticket to Barcelona! He asked me to come along and I excitedly agreed to join him. Francis went down a week before I did on May 5th to practice for the tournament with team Canada and I joined on the 12th, day two of the tournament. After the tournament all the team and I celebrated because our friend, Alexander Hayne, had won the ProTour. This was a huge achievement as Canada had not won a ProTour in many years. Then Francis and I split off from the team to explored Barcelona together for 3 more days and then headed of to Paris for 7 to see sites like the Eiffel Tower and Euro-Disney. We then flew back to Barcelona for one more day of adventures before we flew down to Anaheim for the Grand Prix tournament and being Disney freaks we also visited Disneyland in Anaheim. We enjoyed our last few days in the sun until we came back home on the 29th. This is the story of our adventures while on our amazing trip together. | Barcelona, Paris and Anaheim May 2012
3: The ProTour!
4: La Ramblas | Gelato was everywhere! Francis, being a connoisseur of tiramisu, tested just about very tiramisu flavored gelato he could find.
5: a | La Rambla Market
6: There were tons of bikes and scooters. | The architecture was gorgeous!
7: Perfectly groomed poodle!
9: Traveling | byFOOT | a | The Castle
10: The Barcelona Aquarium
12: The Submarine! | Rarrrrr!
14: Ahhhh! A shark!!! | Genki Monster
15: Ahhhh! A shark!!! | The Submarine
16: Construction of La Sagrada Familia began in 1882 and is still underway to this day. | Beautiful Stained Glass | Sagrada Familia | Antoni Gaudíi | The cathedral's chief architect, Antoni Gaudíi , died tragically in a tram accident. His death was mourned throughout the city, and he is now buried in the Sagrada Familia crypt. | Beautiful Stained Glass.
18: Hospital de Sant Pau
19: It must have taken us over 3 hours of messing up our metro stops and walking to get here so we were exhausted. By the time we got here we were ready to eat and relax. We found a place near by and during our dinner tried to finish a huge pitcher of sangria. If it was a battle between us and the wine, I'd say the sangria won.
20: Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice... | Park Guell | To get to Parc Guell you must hike for 20 minutes up a steep hill but the beauty of the park is more than worth it.
21: Gaudi designed the gate house and administration building in a fairytale gingerbread house style. | Within the grounds of Parc Guell only two houses were ever built out of the 60 or so that were originally planned due to the low interest in buyers. In 1906, Gaudi moved into one of these houses and the Guell family, who owned the land, lived in the other. In 1923 the Güell family donated the land to the city and Parc Güell was became the public park that we can enjoy today.
23: The dragon guardian of the subterranean waters in the fountain at the main entrance to Park Guell.
26: When the model home did not sell, Guell suggested that Anton Gaudi buy it and move in with his father. They did and Gaudi lived there for almost 20 years. | This modernist house was built on two of the original plots by an architect called J. Batllevell. It was commissioned by the lawyer Martín Trías Domnech, who was a friend both of Josep Guell and of Gaudi. He became the third resident of Parc Guell.
27: The original estate house that was already on the grounds is now a public school. | Today Gaudi's house is a museum with a unique collection of furniture designed by Gaudi himself..
28: Half of the Parc Guell plaza is built on the solid ground of the mountain. The outer part is built on top of the Greek forest style columns of the Sala Hipóstila below. The Sala Hipóstila was intended to be the market place for the garden city.
29: Te Amo <3
30: It is said, that when they were adding the bench decoration, the park construction workers would use bits of broken tile and glass, that they had found on their way to work at Park Guell.
31: In Parc Guell Jujol created abstract waves and circles of ceramic mosaics interspersed with traditional nature objects like flowers, shells and stars for this magnificent decoration.
32: being silly | Paris, France
33: Le Louvre
34: Egypt | Egyptian
37: Egypt | Jewelery | Ear plugs
40: good eats | Le escargot était incroyable!
42: Chocolate!!! | I | Bon appétit
46: Alice in Wonderland
51: Tinkerbell | Francis got me the nicest Tinkerbell decorations!
52: The Pirate Cave
53: The Pirate Cave! | Indiana Jones Roller Coaster
54: LOL! | Walle & Eve
55: Space Mountain
56: Smiles Are Contagious!
57: The Castle!
58: Art Nouveau | Modern art museum
60: Notre Dame Cathedral
61: Cité des Sciences | GEODUDE!!
62: It was quite the hike to get to the top but there were many cool street performers that made the hike more enjoyable. | Finally got to the top!
63: Palais de Congres
65: Le eiffel tower
66: Gaudi's Casa Batlló | One last Day in barcelona!
68: The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), as it has a visceral, skeletal organic quality.
70: For dinner we headed to our favourite resterant just off the Ramblas and ate piaya and had tiramisu for dessert.
71: After seeing the Casa Batlló we stopped off in amazing tea and coffee shop close by and enjoyed the amazing architecture.
72: Happy Pills!!! I really wanted a first aid kit from here.
73: We found this amazing candy store on our last day before Anaheim.
74: Flew down for Grand Pre Anaheim and got to enjoy Disneyland too! | Disneyland!!! | Anaheim
75: Mad Tea Party! | Unicorno!
77: I finally beat Francis on the Buzzlightyear ride! | Tomorrow Land
78: Autotopia! | Space Mountain
79: Darth Vader
81: Micheal Jackson Dance off
82: Adventure land! | Canoeing!
83: Splash Moutain!
84: I made a wall of some of my Tinker Bell pins that Francis and I collected on the trip.
85: Pin Trading!