Oh Barcelona, so vibrant, high energy, and eclectic. From hilltop views to lazy beach afternoons, crazy architecture to the ancient old city, beautiful parks and the best street lamps. Barcelona has a lot to explore. I could easily get lost and overwhelmed in the busyness of Barcelona. One stroll down La Rambla and I wanted to hole up in a quiet corner for an hour to recover. Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic but it did take a while to adjust to a bigger city and find the bits of Barcelona that really “jived” with us.
When I think back on Barcelona now the things that keep sticking out most were the kindness of some of the people we interacted with. Most notably was our host Doris. She is the sweetest lady and she and her family warmly welcomed us into their home for the week. I ended up getting sick while we were in Barcelona and Doris was kind enough to give me some medicine, offer to get me water, and just check in with me when she saw me each day. She even invited Josiah and I to have dinner with her and her son Alejandro our last night in Barcelona. While the language barrier made conversation a little more tricky, we (mostly) understood what each other were saying after hand gestures and trying a few different ways to describe things. I felt so cared for and loved by their generosity.
Barcelona is home to the famous Antoni Gaudi and his quirky architecture. We really didn’t know much about Gaudi before coming to Barcelona so we took a Gaudi walking tour to get the low down on him and some of his most famous works. We also spent a day relaxing on the beach and watching a myriad of interesting people. We explored Parc Güell and Montjuïc, finding beautiful views at both. Josiah got his first man bag, and we ate brunch like nobody’s business. I’m sure there are a ton of things we didn’t see but here are some of the things we did.
Cathedral of Barcelona.
Small, quiet courtyard outside of the Barcelona History Museum, which features Roman street and building remains. We toured through the museum one day and really enjoyed it.
Views from Montjuïc. The parks up there are beautiful – we could’ve wandered for hours!
When we walked up on these slides Josiah almost immediately started climbing up to the top so he could slide down.
National Art Museum of Catalan. The views up here are great too and the plaza and fountains leading up to it are rather impressive.
Placa de Catalunya.
Casa Batlló, the second of Gaudi’s work that we saw on the tour we took. Fun fact: people still live in the apartments on the third and fourth floors and only pay around 300-400 euro because of the rent control laws that were put in place when the house was built.
Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera.
The next few photos are all in Parc Güell and are more work from Gaudi.
Barceloneta Beach – so much good people watching here! It was really crowded and there were lots of people trying to sell stuff from hair braids to cocktails to bags. The guy selling fresh coconut was the best/worst because he just yelled jibberish as he aimlessly weaved through all the sunbathers.
I loved the streets lamps in Barcelona!
There it is, the man bag in all its glory. Look for a photo montage of the bag at the end of our trip.
Old city streets.
I liked that pop of pink poking in between these two buildings.
The dome on this building was magical – the colors in person were vibrant blue, green, and yellow.
The fountain at Ciutadella Park.
More lamps because I was obsessed…
Arc de Triomf.
Walkway leading up to the Arc de Triomf.