Why Sagrada Familia NEEDS To Be On Your Bucket List

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If Barcelona’s arguably most famous attraction hasn’t been on your radar before, then now is the time to make a change. The sprawling, multi-towered cathedral can be spotted from miles away, whether by plane or boat and unsurprisingly up close it blows you away. With construction starting in 1882 and it still going on (!!!) this is a Cathedral like no other. It features the artistic style of 9 architects with the overarching vision being created by the legendary Antoni Gaudi and combines the architectural styles of neo-gothic and art nouveux.

Outside the entrance- featuring the Gothic-Architecture side

Should I Pay to Go Inside?

You can come all the way up to the fences and see the basilica up close without having to pay a penny but if you want to get beyond the fence and see the inside, grounds and museum then you need a ticket.

My personal opinion is it is so worth it!!!! Seeing the inside has been on my bucket list for years, having been to Barcelona a few times and the people I am with either not wanting to go in or something has come up which has stopped us, so when I knew I was coming back there was no stopping me.

The inside is breathtaking. Literally. I gasped so hard when I walked in. Gaudi took a lot of his inspiration from nature and imagined the inner chamber to be like a great stone forest, with towering trees (the columns) and light filtering down like sunlight through foliage. It features a minimalist, art nouveux interior that you will not find in any other cathedral in Spain or around the world.

But, the pièce de résistance has to be the multi-coloured stained glass windows. Don’t get me wrong, I know a lot of churches have these, but trust me when I say you will never see any like this again. A whole spectrum floods the room creating an ethereal light that you just can’t stop staring at. If you want a taste check out these pictures from my visit.


How do I get tickets?

There are lots of sites you can get your tickets from (or you can queue on the day but it might be rammed super busy so I recommend booking in advance.

When I went, my family and I bought skip the queue tickets from Tiqets. They were just under £30pp and provide access to the interior and the museum. They also let you skip the queue completely!

You can also get tickets that allow you to go up a couple of the towers but ew stairs we didn’t do that this time.

I would recommend booking tickets a few weeks in advance as, especially during peak season, it books up very quickly and on-the-day queues can be rather long.


Fun Facts

Need more convincing to come and check out Antoni’s Gaudi’s masterpiece? Here are a few nuggets of information about this Catalonian gem:

  • Gaudi wasn’t actually the first architect to work on the Basilica. The original architect Francisco de Paula de Villar y Lozano but he left the project after just a year.
  • Gaudi spent 43 years dedicated to the Sagrada Familia, focusing solely on it during the final 12.
  • Inspired by the crystalisation of minerals in Nature, Gaudi implements these fantastical shapes throughout.
  • There are 6 central towers, each representing Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, and the 4 Evangelists
  • The heights of the towers correspond to celestial importance, with the tower representing Jesus Christ being the tallest.
  • The first tower to be finished was the tower dedicated to the Virgin Mary, whom Gaudi was very devoted to.
  • Only a quarter of it was completed when Gaudi died (by a tram accident no less!)

Convinced yet?

If not, then I think this final photo of the roof will do the trick!

The roof inside the Sagrada Famlia

Have you ever been to the Sagrada Familia or do you plan on adding it to your Spanish adventure? Let me know in the comments below.

Keep on living life free!

Charlotte x

5 Tips for Travelling with an Illness

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Travelling with a chronic illness, or anything that provides a limitation on your life can seem like a daunting task but there are steps that you can take to make it way easier! Here are 5 tips that I find really useful when planning my trips.

1. Stay somewhere with a Kitchen

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Diet is important when it comes to keeping up energy levels and whilst you don’t have to be healthy all the time- you are on holiday after all– it can be helpful to know what is going into your meals.

When I go away, I still do go out for meals sometimes but having access to a kitchen has really helped me to plan my food around my activities.

Got a big afternoon? Make a dish with some brown carbs and veg for energy.

Light day? Make a salad that won’t cost an arm and a leg etc

It also helps to save money too as eating out for every meal can be expensive!

2. Make sure you have ways to get back to your accommodation

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For someone like me who has chronic fatigue, a dip can happen anytime, and anywhere. Eating well can help to control this slightly but it doesn’t mean that this won’t happen unfortunately :(.

Making sure that you have a way back to your accommodation should you need it is essential.

If you are travelling with a car that is ideal (but make sure you’re in the right state to drive ofc!) or if you’re with someone else, make sure they are insured on the car too. Max (my boyfriend) has been driving me everywhere whilst we’ve been down in Cornwall (mainly because I still can’t drive…) and it has been really helpful to have someone help me get back when I feel bad.

Should you not have access to a car, make sure that you look up public transport links and know your route home.

Also, get the number for a taxi firm incase it is hard to get one off the street. If you are staying somewhere that is does not speak your native language, try and memorise: ‘Do you speak x’ and ‘Can you take me to x’. If you don’t think you’ll be able to remember it, write it down.

3. Make a To-Do List

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I don’t know about you but I feel way calmer having planned out what I intend to do for a trip. Making plans of what to do and see really calms any anxiety of floundering around aimlessly.

To make an overall trip list I look on pintrest or other people’s travel blogs to see what previous visitors recommend. Local tourism sights are always a good bet and I even look on Instagram to see where the coolest looking spots are!

Then, it helps to make daily breakdowns. Planning what you want to do each day is great for people with illnesses because we can say: ‘Wednesday looks like a heavy day so let’s make Tuesday an easy one and plan for an early night’ etc

4. Don’t beat yourself up if things don’t go to plan

After spending ages creating your perfect itinerary (or at least I do) it can be so frustrating when your illness decides not cooperate.

During my trip to Cornwall, I think I only did about 70% of what I had planned to do because I had dips. It sucks but no matter how hard you plan, shit happens. The best thing to do is try to enjoy the things you’ve managed to do and be flexible with changing up what you want to do based on how you’re feeling.

5. Take energy boosting snacks with you wherever you go

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If you start to flag, have a dip of or just start to feel all round rubbish, having some energy boosting snacks to hand can help give you that small boost of energy you need to get back home or to get you over the hill so that you can continue on with your day.

Personally, I take a super small Tupperware of trail mix with me everywhere I go. It has a mixture of nuts and seeds that are not only a yummy, healthy snack, but are also great for a little boost.

Let’s say you’re feeling rubbish but it would take you a while to get back to your accommodation or to get a proper meal- having something like a peanut bar, some seeds or (if you fancy something more fun) a cacao bar can be a huge help.

Don’t think you can’t do it- you can!

Our bodies might be fighting against us at times but it is 100% possible to get out there and do the things we love. We just need to take a few extra precautions than healthy people.

So to all my fellow Spoonies out there, let’s get exploring!