Trippin – Barcelona

So I apologize in advance if my posts this week aren’t as frequent.  I’m out on the road again and as usual, I’m crazy busy.  By the time I get out of work, which isn’t too late (I’ve worked much later), I’m wiped out (one of the many perks of pregnancy) and either have more work to do in my room or just pass out.  But this is my last work trip until the baby’s born.  Getting into my third trimester in a matter of a couple weeks.  Wow we’re almost there!

Anyhow, this “Trippin” post is a long time coming.  I have SO MANY images from Barcelona that I wanted to share with you all.  And as much as I tried to downsize the amount of pictures I shared, I just couldn’t.  The city is just that beautiful and amazing.

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Places to go, things to see guide:

  • La Boqueria Mercado:  The infamous food market on Las Ramblas.  Indulge in fresh produce, fish, meats, pastries, or tapas.  But be warned this is a tourist destination, so prices will be expensive.  For a smaller market at a cheaper price, try Santa Caterina Market in the El Born district.
  • Las Ramblas:  Do walk up or down Las Ramblas and watch the entertainers, but mind your wallets because there are plenty of people pickpocketing around this area.  They’re keen on determining who the tourists are.
  • Barrio Gotico:  Walk around the Gothic district and visit La Seu Catedral.  Also, enjoy the architecture of the district.
  • Passeig de Gracia:  Walk down this street and there are tons of luxury shops to shop at.  If shopping isn’t your thing, two Antoni Gaudi structures are on this street:  Casa Battlo and La Pedrera.  I definitely recommend you go to at least one of them.  We would’ve gone to both but due to cost we decided to go to La Pedrera because of the roof top view.
  • Antoni Gaudi:  All the structures he built from Casa Battlo, La Pedrera, Park Guell, La Sagrada Familia, Placa Gaudi, etc.  While his aesthetic is different and may be an acquired taste, it is definitely interesting to go into these attractions/museums and see how he was inspired by nature or something as small as draping chains.
  • Park Guell:  One of the higher spots in Barcelona.  Go here to get a panoramic view of the beautiful city and the coastline.  Or enjoy the various structural elements that Gaudi designed.  But just a warning:  it’s a hike to get up here, but SO WORTH IT.  BEA.YOU.TEE.FUL view.
  • La Sagrada Familia:  Another Gaudi structure to go to.  Although its been deemed a working church, they only have full masses here during certain occasions.  Definitely worth a visit just to at least see the outside.  One side is the Nativity Facade which Gaudi oversaw while he was alive and the other is the Passion.  The intricacies and detail of the nativity facade are UNBELIEVABLY ornate.  INSANE!
  • Camp Nou:  Barça, Barça, Barrrrrrça!  If you can, go to a FC Barcelona game.  We were lucky enough to catch the first game of the year due to the La Liga strike.  The atmosphere during a game here I’d say is somewhere between going to a boxing match and a football game.  Surreal!  Love it!
  • Mount Tibidabo:  Want more spectacular views of the city of Barcelona and the coastline?  Go to Mount Tibidabo.  Enjoy the sites with a beer or ride a couple rides or tour the church at the top of the mountain.
  • Tapas:  Who doesn’t love an assortment of mini plates to share to taste everything?!?  LOVE tapas, especially patatas bravas (roasted potatoes with spicy mayo).
  • Paella:  You’re on the coast so the seafood is fresh!  Definitely indulge.  7 Portes is one of the older restaurants in Barcelona.  A bit pricier but definitely worth it.  One of the best meals we had during our vacation.
  • Ride the metro:  We didn’t take the hop on hop off bus.  You certainly can, but public experience decent public transportation (London, Barcelona, Singapore, etc.)  We decided to take the sites in by walking around the city and riding the metro.  Definitely enjoyed touring this way, but we missed out on seeing Olympic Park and Montjuic (“Jew” hill).
  • Be a beach bum:  Go to Barceloneta and enjoy the Mediterranean sea.  If it’s too touristy for you, I believe you can ride a train to a neighboring city beach.

I can’t explain why I love this city so much!  It was ridiculously touristy, but there’s so much here.  History, art, music, religion, food, etc.  A little something for everyone.  I hope to go again some day soon.

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