Don’t ask me why it took so long to post these pictures. I’ve been so incredibly busy and kept pushing them off but no more excuses!! let’s get caught up shall we?
Barcelona was one of the most beautiful trips I’ve ever been on. It was such a wonderful city with a great sense of community. From Gaudi’s masterpieces to the bustling morning markets, Fred and I stayed very busy.
Things to see:
La Boqueria- The morning market overflowing with fresh juices, produce and even candy. It pretty much has everything you can think of and it overwhelms your senses in the best way possible. I could of easily spent hours there.
Park Güell- One of Antoni Gaudi’s many masterpieces but this one is particularly special because it’s a whole congregated area. Back in the day it was meant to be a community where people could live but It never took off and people believed his visions were unordinary and strange.
Casa Batllo- Probably the most famous Gaudi resident located in central Barcelona. I found it to be quite funny that it was located next to all the retail stores but regardless it was a sight to see. The facade, interior and backyard didn’t disappoint. The house was inspired by aquatic life which can be seen by the exterior scale-like features, colors and stained glass. It may be a tourist trap but it’s also a one-of-a-kind, so I highly recommend it.
Sagrada Familia- The world-renown cathedral that has yet to be finished. It’s been in construction for over 130 years due to financial matters and it’s intricate design. I didn’t have a chance to go in but just standing beneath it was a moment in itself. It took my breath away and will forever be a moment I hold close.
W Barcelona- If you’re looking for something more modern but still breathtaking then the W hotel (shark fin) is the place to be. Between the pool deck, the lounge bar and the incredible view of the peninsula from atop…this snags the last spot on my must-sees.
Things to eat:
Paella- Almost anywhere you go, you will notice a smorgasbord of paella options. Fred and I were recommended to try La Barca Del Salamanca by the marina/ocean front and we were not disappointed. I went for a spicy seafood option and fred took beef. It’s a spanish dish that hits home and gives you enough carbs and energy to get up and continue tourist-ing.
Fresh juices of La Boqueria- One thing many of you don’t know about me is that I’m a juice fiend. Wether it be in the form of a smoothie, or fresh squeezed, I could drink 4-5 a day. On the morning of the markets I knew I had to resist temptation to try all of them, they turned out looking so good! I settled for 3 in the span of 1 hour. don’t judge, just try.
photos: Fred R & Myself