Barcelona was one of the nicest city’s we have been too. It’s had it all – beauty, food, spirits, sites, history, beaches, and romance. We were sad to leave but have many fond memories.
The break was nice but it was hard not to think of Rehtaeh. She would have loved Barcelona, especially swimming in the Med and the food.
We stayed at a Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO) rooftop villa a half hour walk from the city centre. VRBO’s are the best deals around if you can find a good one. This one was perfect! A kitchen, wash machine, terrace under the sun, a cozy living room, and nice bed. Everything you could want or need for a home away from home.
First thing we did once we settled in was head to a store for some groceries. The prices are pretty good and the fruit selection was too. Lots of little deli’s and fruit stands around. Every street seemed to have them. We ate a combo of our own prepared meals, deli’s treats, and restaurants.
We’re not big shoppers but we both managed to get new footwear. The tourist shops are all over the place and they barter for prices. Not a big fan.
We brought back a beautiful painting. Always a good choice for a souvenir.
Tips for Barcelona:
- Cabs from airport to the city centre run about $35-40 Euros.
- You’ll need a good pair of walking shoes. We walked for six hours one day just getting lost.
- The parks are beautiful, even the smaller ones. Relax and enjoy them.
- We found a compromised ATM machine. Keep your wits when using them and pick one close to a bank.
- Whatever people say about pick pockets ignore. Be smart, it’s not that bad.
- The beaches are really nice and it’s only $18 Euros to rent two chairs and an umbrella for the day. And the sand gets very hot!
- Sangria de Cava’s are the best!
I’m always open to questions so if you have one leave it in the comments section below and I’ll answer as soon as I can.
If the Flickr images don’t load you can clcik on them to see the image. I’m not sure why thats an issue. My Barcelona Set is here.
07 July 2013
Of course I had to find the local Apple Store. Being an Apple fan it was a must see and I was surprised by the size of it. Two levels and a lot of ground floor space.
The first floor was pretty much Apple products and a few accessories while the second featured the Genius Bar and the Creative training area. Just a beautiful store and I managed to get a card for my collection.
04 July 21013
So far we are just loving Barcelona. The food is excellent as are the people.
Today we walked down to the Med to see how the beach looked and then walked around some streets we haven’t seen before. Grabbed some lunch, had a fiesta, and headed out for a late supper and to see the city at night.
It’s just as beautiful at night as it is in the daytime.
03 July 2013
Note: All the photos from Barcelona are on my Flickr account.
We decided to forgo the beach today and go on another six hour walking tour. My feet are killing me!
We walked from the villa (I like saying villa) to the Arc de Triomf and then to see the Santa Maria del Mar Church. The Arc is in a park that was a pleasure to walk through while the Church is located in La Ribera district of Barcelona.
Santa Maria del Mar was built between 1329 and 1383. It was pretty cool. We lit a candle for our daughter Rehtaeh when we were inside and we felt her presence. It’s been hard and that moment of peace meant a lot.
We mostly walked around after that. The old part of the city is an explorers dream. I got a new pair of sandals and Krista bought a nice hat.
Home for some wine and photo editing. If you can’t see all the images below have a look at the link on top of this post and you can see them on my Flickr account.
02 July 2013
Note: All the photos from Barcelona are on my Flickr account.
Today we got up early and headed out to see La Sagrada Familia. Unfortunately for us it was undergoing a lot of construction but we still managed to get a good look. Didn’t bother to go inside as the tourist line was pretty long and we’re not big fans of lines. I’m sure it was nice inside.
After that we headed down to see Parc De La Ciutadella. That was worth the walk. It’s just a beautiful place. We didn’t bother with the Barcelona Zoo. I doubt there’d be much inside we haven’t seen already and the $50 Cdn admission was a bit much.
The rest of the day was spent walking around and exploring. My kind of trip, no plans, no schedule, no pressure, no timetable, no expectations other than the ones we’ve put on ourselves.
Barcelona is the perfect place to be if that’s the plan. And the villa we’re staying in rocks!
Tomorrow we’re going to the beach for a swim. Adios!
01 July 2013
The time change is five hours ahead of Halifax but we haven’t really had much of an issue. Got up this morning at 8:00 and headed to a produce market to pick up some goods for breakfast; bread, eggs, jam, and a big hunk of bacon. The plan is to buy and eat fresh everyday.
Fresh and light. For lunch and supper we had a small gelato and some left over pizza from yesterday. Tonight it’s wine and crackers with cheese and fish. We’re also eating lots of fresh fruit which is available from little produce shops on almost every street we’ve walked down.
Our tour of Barcelona started today with a walk down Las Rambla. It’s a street that is definitely a must. Lots of people, shops, and places to eat. Exploring to the east brought us to Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. If you’re into photographing old buildings, like I am, this place is a dream.
We walked for about four hours today. Las Rambla was nice as was the Gothic area. It’s a great way to start a stay in the city. W also walked along the harbour for about a kilometre but that walk is being saved for a day to itself. Tomorrow we’re heading to the Sagrada Família and then to the Zoo.
More photos will be available soon on my Flickr account.
30 June 2013
And here we are. The trip over was as nice as seven hours on a plane can be and we’re all settled into our rooftop villa. Both of us are really looking forward to some downtime.
Tonight we hit a small market for a bottle of wine and something to snack on. Tomorrow our adventure begins.
We booked the trip ourselves and the villa we found on a rent by owner site. Beautiful place.