July 11, 2016 Update from Jannette:
So long Barcelona!
What a lovely time we had. Our days were packed with sun, beaches, gorgeous buildings, fascinating museums and lots of tapas!
While some of us chose to spend our time in Barcelona relaxing on the beach, others decided to brave the heat and explore the city sights. Strolling down La Rambla, the long pedestrian boulevard in the Gothic Quarter of the city was a wonderful way to take in the energy and culture of Barcelona. It is filled with open air cafes, street performers, kiosks and art. A tour of La Sagraga Família, Antoni Gaudí's famous basilica, is truly a sight to see with its intricately carved facades and soaring bell towers.
Some of us got out of the city to tour some of the nearby sites as well. Montserrat Mountain was a favorite destination for many. It is a lovely cliff like mountain where tourists can explore an ancient Benedictine monastery and basilica as well as hike the many scenic mountain trails offering amazing views of the valley below. The quaint city of Girona was another popular outing. Many of us had fun roaming around its winding, cobblestone streets to see the famous Gothic cathedral, roman ruins and Arabian baths.
Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to Barcelona yesterday and continue on our adventure around the Mediterranean. So, it is back to classes and studying for the next few days as we head to Malta to make more amazing memories!