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  • We arose to the end of free hostel breakfast quickly approaching, so we ran upstairs to find a plain and simple continental breakfast. It was good. We mingled a little and heard what some of the others were doing for the day, and then we chose to hit up Tibidabo, a place I decided Charley had to see. We headed to the FGC and took the S1 to the Funicular stop, where we transferred to the cable car train.

    The Funicular is a fascinating metro line that rises up into the hills around Tibidabo, above Barcelona. It is simply 2 train cars that are connected by a single cable the length of the entire line. When the car at the upper station begins to decent, the car at the bottom slowly rises, and the cars split onto their own tracks when passing each other, then they go back to the single track. It's a sweet metro line.

    We then hiker the rest of the way (opting not to take the bus), passing under the communications tower by Norman Foster. We took pictures and got glances out at the city below. We slowly but surly arrived at the odd mountain top where an old church capped with a massive statue of Jesus is surrounded by a theme park. It's just odd. I brought Eli and Charley into the church and we rose via a lift and a ton of stairs to the very top of the church and we stood at Jesus' feet taking in the best view of the city. A 360° panoramic of Barcelona, the Med and the areas around. It was an amazing experience for me, even though I had been there multiple times. The difference was the wonderful weather this time (rain and overcast isn't the greatest).

    After taking some photos, I suggested that we go to Can Marti, a restaurant that features Calçotadas and wine drinking from Porrons. Hunder struck before we made it there though, causing us to eat at the conveniently located Marisa Bar and Restaurant.

    The meal was great, we had the menu del dia and Ely opted for some fresh paella. We finished eating and waited for a bus that took us to the funicular, then we descended into the heart of the city.
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