After a cold and gloomy two weeks in London, it was time to hop down south to sunny Barcelona! The people, culture, sights, and of course the Mediterranean Sea were absolutely breathtaking. Day one started off as any normal day in Europe would…with a pastry! The bakeries were filled with the most delicious sweets I’ve ever tasted…and that’s coming from someone that eats healthy 24/7. You can never go wrong with a deep fried sugar donut filled with a sweet cream (craving one as I write this). Once we were on our way, we did a 2.5 hour long walking tour of the historical sights of Barcelona. This may sound boring to most, but it was amazing to see places that Christopher Columbus walked, Spanish ruins, and old palaces. We ended the tour by hopping on a bus into the mountains to discover Parc Guell. The parc over looks all of Barcelona and the sea. It was created by an artist using colorful mosaic tiles and remains from the earth. It was one of the brightest places I have ever visited. The day ended with an Italian dinner on the Barcelona Marina overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Doesn’t get much better than that!
Day 2, once again, started off with a pastry. You can never have too many pastries in your life. We hopped on the Metro and headed straight to the beach. After enduring the St. Louis and London cold, it was about time we saw a beach. Barcelona is home to some of the liveliest beaches! Even in January there were people paddle boarding, laying out, roller blading, playing music, and munching on tapas. We grabbed a quick traditional Spanish lunch called Paella consisting of rice, chicken, short ribs, peppers, and sweet peas all in a savory sauce. It was amazing! Once we devoured our dish, we continued our adventure to the Sagrada Familia. It’s the most insane-looking church I’ve ever seen! It’s both beautiful and bizarre. It’s 4 points can be see miles away from the city.
We ended our Barcelona trip in the most Spanish way possible…with a Tapas Tour! We ventured through 3 popular restaurants and got to sample their traditional tapas and drinks. My personal favorite was the patatas bravas. It was slow cooked potatoes with a creamy garlic sauce and chili powder. AMAZING (currently drooling). All in all, Barceonla treated us very well. Between the sights, the people, and the food, I am already dreaming of the day that I go back!