Hola my friends and family!
I have finally left Portugal. I’ve only been gone for a couple nights but already I know I’ll be going back! Such a beautiful country.
Anyways, I took an overnight train to Madrid then a high-speed train to Barcelona.
I initially checked into the Nikbor Hostel but quickly realized it was horrible and changed to the St. Christopher’s Inn–way better!
I managed to do quite a bit of sightseeing in just a couple days! I haven’t been inside the Sagrada Familia Basilica yet, but will try tomorrow and I’ll post photos then!
First thing I noticed were the very unique buildings along Avinguda Diagonal.
Antoni Gaudi designed these buildings. The top is Casa Batlló, and the bottom is Casa Milà.
I only saw the buildings from the street but check out the wiki articles for other pictures of the phenomenal designs.
That night Alan (road trip buddy) and a few new friends headed to the Magic Fountain of Montjuic. There are nightly ‘shows’ with music and there are small stands that sell wine, beer and snacks.
The following day I just went out for a walk that ended up lasting a good four hours!
Now, prepare yourself, as I am about to tell you about the most amazing food market!
La Boqueria just off of the main street of La Rambla and on the outskirts of the Gothic Quarter.
First: one euro fruit drinks!
This is seriously foodie heaven! I would have stayed here all day if I could. I’m definitely going back tomorrow before exploring the city. So much to see and taste.
Then I walked down to Rambla de Mar and the waterfront. Beautiful. In the peak of summer I’m sure this place is packed. Awesome paths for running/biking, great harbour views, awesome architecture and BEACHES!
I sat on a bench along the boardwalk and ate my lunch (ps: I ate the tomato like an apple! For those of you who know me, you know this is strange).
I was feeling tired but decided to walk up Carrer de la Marina to the famous Sagrada Familia.
It was hard to get pictures as it’s covered in scaffolding and construction equipment. I want to go inside, but this day I wasn’t feeling like lines. So, on I went for another 30 minutes (uphill) to Guell Park.
Verdict: busy and over-rated. Sure, the architecture is cool but it’s hard to admire when there are people everywhere invading your pictures.
So, Barcelona has a lot of really interesting buildings and tons of history. Too bad on Sunday the city is shut down. So, I spent the day walking the Gothic Quarter and I took a few more photos. Check it out! More to come later this week! Xo