The day we left was clear enough to see Brighton out the plane window
Our first day was one of my favorite of the entire trip. When visiting Barcelona, some time away from the touristy city center at Montjuic is a must.
The next day, we headed out to our first of two walking tours: New Barcelona's (previously New Europe) walking tour of the city. We got our first glimpse of La Ramblas
And we quickly came across two Catalonian traditions, the first is where a mass group of people start dancing to music while someone leading the dance calls out moves (think square dancing, but Catalonian) and the second is creating a human castle and racing other teams.
After much exploration we got some paella and chocolate con churros (except they were out of churros, so I got a waffle instead)
And we were off again to see more of the artwork around the city
Our third day, we headed straight to Parc Guell so that I could get more of my Gaudi fill. But, if I'm being honest, it was a let down. Maybe its because of the crazy amazing art from the day before, but moreso I feel like Parc Guell is a tourist trap. We didn't buy tickets to get into the paid portion of the park- which, from my view looked very dirty and was rimmed with people trying to sell knick knacks. We were able to see some great art from the outskirts. But the beauty of Parc Guell was actually away from the art that draws everyone there in the first place. If you go up into the greenery, you really appreciate it. Go away from the tourists and into the local area. Ben and I both really liked the more local half of the park.
So we headed off for something we would prefer a lot more to wasting time laying in the sun and doing nothing. We went straight to the park where our walking tour had ended on the previous day. And we LOVED it. Even found some street performers doing some truly amazing stunts with weighted hula-hoops.
The next morning, we had just enough time to hit La Boqueria, the main market in town (and I'm ALL about a good market.
Watch this space for the further travels of our summer vacation!