We knew we were going to enjoy Barcelona, but little did we realize just how much!
After spending so much time in Florida, we felt right at home when we got off the plane and everybody was speaking Spanish. So much easier than German!
We opted for public transit and managed to make it to our apartment with little fuss. We were also able to use one of the big red hop-on/hop-off buses to see the parts outside of the city that weren’t easily accessible by foot, saving the cost and hassle of a rental car – very european!
Since Barcelona is right on the Balearic Sea, there is an amazing port with the usual gazillion-dollar yachts and the associated people-watching. Even though we were here at Christmas during the low tourist season, there were plenty of tourists to make the people watching very enjoyable!
Of far more interest are the historical sections of town – the famous La Sagrada Familia church, the Barcelona Cathedral, the Gothic Quarter, and of course Parc Guell.
While we managed to hit all of the highlights and a few hidden gems, Barcelona is definitely on our return list soon!
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Symmetrical towers on the Barcelona Cathedral
Now that’s quite a combination of flavors – baby octopus and hot pappers on a skewer!
A non-traditional view of the Barcelona Cathedral
Rockin’ It Out
We enjoyed watching this musician play his guitar for quite some time.
The Palau Nacional (National Palace) now houses the National Art Museum. Quite an impressive entrance!
Designed for the 1929 Expo, the Olympic stadium and plaza were renovated for the 1992 Olympic Games and gives us the amazing view that we have today.
Let Er Fly
A whimsical statue at the Museu Olimpic i de l’Esport
Cerveza and a View, Please
Two well-deserved cervezas at the Bar Piscina Montjuic, looking down on Barcelona
I don’t think we look like tourists at all…
City By The Sea
A view of Barcelona’s expansive waterfront from Montjuic
Go Big or Go Home
If you’re going to design a church/clubhouse, you might as well get grandiose on every single detail.
One of the many little touches hidden throughout the La Sagrada Familia structure.
Adjoining peaks step up to bring the eye up to the La Sagrada Familia towers
When you get your Crazy Cat Lady Starter Kit from 4 Cats, you need something to put them in!
This Monk Parakeet peeks out at me from his nest in the bushes at Parc Guell. These noisy birds are everywhere in the park and surrounding area, and we would see flocks of they flying over La Rambla in the mornings.
A beautiful view from Parc Guell
Tearing It Up
This group of street musicians were doing amazing job for the tourists in Parc Guell
In The Sticks
Lots and lots of sticks (masts) sticking up in Port Vell
Buoy With Class
My Run-Around Boat
A little play-toy for somebody who can afford the fuel bill. As the sixth largest yacht in the world at 511ft long, she boasts a 25-meter pool and two helipads!
If the Dilbar is a bit out of your price range, perhaps the 280ft Pacific is more accessible. Sadly you’ll forego the 25-meter pool and a host of other amenities, but you can cry all the way to the bank with the sacks of gold you saved.
The Entertainment District
A line of yachts waiting to entertain guests.
El Gat de Botero
A massive cat sculpture, what else can you say?
The Greek Theatre
The Teatre Grec area in Parc Guell crawls with tourists.
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