Our first day in Barcelona we laid out what to tackle. First we walked down the famous (and highly touristy) Las Ramblas all the way to the waterfront. Even though summer is over, there still seemed to be a ton of tourists in the city, to the point where it was kind of tough to spot a local. We stopped at a restaurant along the way to have some sangria and do some people watching.
After Las Ramblas we made a quick pit stop at the hotel, and then headed out to La Saganda Famila. Wow, is that an impressive building. Designed by Gaudi, he seemed way ahead of his time. I think no matter how old the church gets, it will always seem a bit modern because of the unique design elements. We did an audio tour, where we heard about the construction timeline, why he designed certainly things the way he did, and what the various parts of the buildings and their carvings signified. Then we took an elevator up the tower of the Nativity Facade where you get a really nice view of the city. From there you also get to walk across a short bridge between two of the towers, which is an interesting experience itself!