Ah, Barcelona. It's only taken me nine months to get these up. I'm finally motivated to make a printed album of our travel photos from last summer, so voila! At the bottom of the post, I'll include a short list of recommendations. We were in Barcelona for 5 days in June and it was about as close to perfect as you can get. I never expected to feel so inspired by Spain, but something about the colors, the food, the people, the architecture...I could go on and on. I'll let the photos speak for themselves.
Can't miss sites:
Park Guell (previously blogged here);
Sagrada Família (buy tickets to climb to the top. The views are totally worth it);
The views, live music & evening light shows at Magic Fountain of Montujuic;
Poble Espanyol (a beautiful open-air museum and village);
La Boquería (the JUICES!);
The Gothic Quarter;
Paella & seafood at a beachside restaurant in Barceloneta (we tried several, but especially loved Can Majo;
Tapas & Sangria anywhere outdoors. :)
There was so much to see and do just by strolling and getting lost. One of my favorite afternoons involved Tiho and I wandering around the Gothic Quarter together, popping in and out of tiny boutiques and cafés. I don't typically buy much in the way of souvenirs while traveling but I couldn't resist purchasing a set of beautiful cobalt blue bowls from a local pottery shop. We've used them almost every day for the past year.
We rented a three-bedroom apartment through Airbnb because we were meeting up with Tiho's parents, brother and his brother's girlfriend. Our apartment came equipped with a kitchen, balcony and laundry and was conveniently located on a side street off La Rambla and walking distance (literally, one block) to La Boquería. I loved this location because of how accessible it was to so many different areas of the city, including the water.
Barcelona, you were so good to us. Until next time!
P.S. Iceland, London, and Paris.
[Photos: June 2014 // Barcelona, Spain]