I have to be completely honest. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Barcelona. Perhaps it was because we’d been traveling/sightseeing nonstop for 8 days, or perhaps it was because we had just spend 4 days in Orleans (aka a super gorgeous French town) and 3 days in Paris (aka the most beautiful city in the world), but Barcelona didn’t wow me.
We spent a lazy morning in our Paris hotel before checking out and heading to the train station. We took the Metro to the station, and grabbed some lunch while we waited. I’d never really been in a train station before, so it was really cool to me!
We boarded the train and I quickly realized it wasn’t going to be a good experience. Our seats? They were facing backwards. You may not know this about me, but I get motion sickness pretty bad. While I don’t actually upchuck, I get really sick to my stomach and I also tend to get a migraine. Remind me to never ride in a train backwards again.
I was kinda hoping for super amazing views, but honestly, it looked a lot like Iowa. Except for the old school church steeples and old fashioned farms, you’d never know a difference.
We finally got to Barcelona and rode in our first legit taxi of the trip (and my first taxi ever). (Our transportation from the airport to Orleans and back to Paris was by a hired car through the Mister’s work.)
It was quite late when we arrived at our hotel, so we asked the fella at the front desk of our hotel where to get the best food. He recommended Sensi Tapas just a few blocks from our hotel.
The food was wonderful compared to the French food that I’m not so fond of ;)
The next morning, we set out for the Sagrada Familia. The walk to the Metro was quite a bit longer than it was in Paris, but I definitely enjoyed the palm trees!
So, I read online that the term “gaudy” meaning extravagant and showy didn’t really come from Antoni Gaudí, but his last name sure was fitting. We felt like we were walking into a Tim Burton film. It is definitely one of a kind. They started construction in 1882, and they’re estimating that it won’t be finished until 2026 or later.
The views from the towers were amazing.
Lots and lots of construction.
These stairs? Ridiculous. I got so dizzy!
After we explored the Sagrada, we walked around the Christmas market across the street, and then made our way to Park Guell.
I seriously adored the sunshine in Barcelona. And the views at the top of Park Guell were amazing.
Did you know? They filmed part of a season of America’s Next Top Model in Barcelona, and the final fashion show was done at Park Guell. Yea, I was kind of a ANTM junkie in college… they would always run marathons on the Oxygen channel, which was a fabulous way to procrastinate school work. ;)
The next few images show why I wasn’t a big fan of Barcelona… there was a lot of graffiti. It just didn’t feel as nice as Paris, and definitely wasn’t as pretty.
Supper was at Dòmino…
Out hotel, Catalonia Port.
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