I have been avoiding this post because my computer crashed the day after we got home and I lost ALL ourÂ Barcelona pictures from my camera. Â On the bright side I did manage to capture some great shots on my phone. Â Read about our stay in Dublin and London before we got to Barcelona.
Day 1:Â We arrived around 4:00pm, and checked into our hotel Â – Barcelon Le Meridien, a very modern hotel with a cute roof terrace. Â Shortly after checking in we walked up to the main square with the intention on going toÂ George PayneÂ to watch the FÃºtbol game – its was packed to the brimâ€“ so we ended up at a small local bar called Thales bar and ordered Patas bravas aka yummy potatoes with a spicy sauce. Later that evening we went to Pizza Piazza down in the Gothic area for the most delicious slices of pizza. Â One of my favorite parts of Barcelona was simplyÂ walking through the winding streets of the Gothic area.
Day 2:Â We wandered through the Boqueria Market and picked up some nuts and cherries for the day. Â Then over to theÂ Hop on hop off bus â€“ our first stop was theÂ Gaudi experience â€“ Park Guell, a garden with architectural elements designed by Antoni Gaudi. The gardens and architecture were magnificent and the long hike upÂ was totally worth itâ€“ especially when we found the most spectacular soccer field at the top. Â Our next Hop-off destination wasÂ Camp Nou to see the soccer club â€“ we were hoping we could get into La Masia,Â the kids academy, but no luck. Â That afternoon we had a quick bite to eat at Centric, a small restaurant with delicious tapas. Â We orderedÂ squid, mini burgers and croquettes. The beach was calling our name so we scurried over toÂ soakÂ up some rays and play in the waves.Â That night we went to our favorite restaurant of the week â€“ Ciudad CondalÂ (fair prices and great tapas). Â After dinner we stopped by the Obama bar to watch the Germany game– funny that they named a bar after Obama…
Day 3:Â Beach day! Â Actually a much needed beach day to the lovely beaches ofÂ Sitges.Â If you go to Barcelona a day trip to Sitges is s must – it is a quickÂ (36 minutes) and cheap (I think it was 6 Euros) Â train ride from PassÃ© De Cigrese to Sitges. Â When you get down to the beach there are affordableÂ Â chairs and umbrellas for sale. Â The sand is smooth and the waves are perfect for “crushing”. Â Definition of “crushing waves”: Diving through or above waves… over and over again (our favorite thing to do at the beach). Â In the late afternoon we stopped for lunch at Â Boccalino. Â A few more hours at the beach then back to Barcelona for dinner at Cerveseria Catalana,Â Ciudad Condal’s sister restaurant – if we did it again I would not go to both, they had many similarities. Â After dinner we decided to be a bit adventurous and snuck up to the roof ofÂ Hotel 1891Â for a night cap and to catch a glimpse of the beautiful views of the city at night (just use the back left elevator and go to the 7th floor).
Day 4:Â We had a later start so I snuck up to our hotels roof for a little yoga and reading before Greg woke up. Â After a light breakfast we went toÂ Sagrada FamiliaÂ – which was absolutely astonishing, words and pictures can not explain how magnificent the church is. We did an audio tour around the church and visited the Nativity tower. Â I was not expecting a frightening, tightÂ walk down from the tower- so note to opt-out of the tower if you have a fear of heights or smallÂ spaces. Â This trip turned me into a Gaudi fan andÂ I am already planning a trip in 15 years to see Sagrada Familia when it is finished. Â Sagrada Familia is a tough act to follow up but theÂ Picasso museumÂ stood its ground, and we had a great time learning more about the artist.Â We purchased both of these tickets in advance â€“ highly recommend so you can skip the lines. Â That evening we ate at El Pintor where we finally ordered Paella!
Day 5:Â Long story short donâ€™t go to Costa Brava or if you do buy a day tour in advance.Â Just not a good experience â€“ ended up coming back to Barcelona eating pizza at Flor De Maig,Â shopping for a bit and then hitting the Barcelona beaches. We had a fantastic time at the beach because a storm was blowing in and creating massive waves, which attracted a large crowd of surfers. Â So we spent theÂ afternoon watching surfers and crushing monster waves. Â That evening we brought a bottle of wine up to our hotels roof top and watched the sun set before heading over to a bustling tapas bar called El Xampanyetâ€“ where we sipped on house cider, devoured our tapas, and were entertained by a hilariousÂ group of Aussies (another one of my favorite restaurants from the trip).
And I feel like I should mention… Â I LOVEDÂ the plane rides -Â Â there is no better excuse to binge watch movies, sip on wine, eat unnecessary mealsÂ and take naps for 10 hours than being on an international flight.