Hola Barcelona!

Travel

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 go033 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 108many 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, 048 (2)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.042 (2)

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!

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4 thoughts on “Hola Barcelona!

  1. I saw the Paella and my stomach growled!!! I’m so happy that you got to make a visit to Spain! I love Spain and think it one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. You should try and get to some smaller places in Spain…not a big city but a location like Sevilla or Cordoba or something too. I’m sure you’re quite the traveler and have already researched all the places you’re going! It’s gray, cold and muddy here at McK. Everyone walks around like they’ve been back for years, but it’s only a couple weeks into the semester….why do we live somewhere so blah?! when we could all be prancing around on spanish beaches with you???? We miss you here and I especially notice your absence when I continue to send you emails and expect you to respond/show up….it’s like I forget you’re gone. You’re probably going to have a million calendar invites from me when you get back. Miss you….Love you….Love your BLOG!!!!! Can’t wait to see where you go next!

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  2. Hey Lexi, its your crazy Uncle Bill. I really enjoy your Blog! I am so glad you are getting this opportunity to see Europe from London. Could you have imagined you would be doing this just a couple of years ago? Heck no. These truly are your years so enjoy your time there.

    Keep the pictures and posts coming, stay safe, stay busy.

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