BARCELONA: DAY ONE

We arrived in Barcelona on Monday evening and caught the aerobus to the main square, Plaça de Catalunya. From there, our apartment was only a ten minute walk away. Once we had freshened up at the apartment, we went to find somewhere to eat dinner. We were quite lucky as behind our apartment, there were a few restaurants that had been recommended to us and so we ended up at a place called Vegetalia (they serve vegetarian and vegan food). I opted for a tofu thai curry whilst Kim had fajitas and we both tried fresh iced tea; my curry was okay but I wouldn’t order it again, the iced tea on the other hand, was really good! On the walk back to the apartment, we stopped at a place for ice cream. If you know me, you’ll know that I love all things cinnamon and so I was extremely excited to try the cinnamon sugar flavoured ice cream. It was AMAZING!

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The next morning, we were out by ten and started our hunt for some breakfast; we ended up at a cafe where we bought a coffee and a croissant for $2. We had booked a slot  online to visit the Sagrada Familia at 12:30 and so we had some time to explore after breakfast. Walking past the Arc de Triomf, we discovered Parc de la Ciutadella, which is a really pretty park where you can find the Catalan Parliament as well as several museums. Being the fountain lover I am, I was in my element when I saw the Cascada! The fountain was created by Josep Fontsere who was actually helped by Antoni Gaudi, who at the time was still a student and not well-known.

At 12, we set off towards the Sagrada Familia and were not surprised by the hordes of people waiting to enter. The option we chose was the Top Views ticket where you get entrance, an audio guide and the chance to go up one of the towers. The exterior was so intricate and detailed that any picture I upload would not do it justice and in the interior, the stained glass windows looked spectacular as the light passed through.

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We went up the Nativity Facade Tower and were able to see the East of Barcelona.

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After the Sagrada Familia, we began to walk to La Boqueria (a large market) and stopped off to buy white chocolate stuffed churros en route which were divine! When we finally reached the market, we were both super excited and drawn in by the bright colours. After walking around, we decided we would eat some food first and then go back. We ordered three different tapas at a restaurant on the edge of the market: cod fritters, salted peppers and patatas bravas and then bought a drink from the market. I went for a banana, cocoa and vanilla smoothie which was really good.

Stepping out of the market, we walked out onto La Ramblas and continued to wander through the Gothic Quarter. We eventually found ourselves back at the park we started off at and decided to relax until dinner as our feet were aching!

For dinner we went to Restaurant Santa Maria del Mar, situated just outside of the Church with both indoor and outdoor seating; unfortunately, there were no more tables outside so we had to sit inside. We opted for a tuna and olive pizza and a vegetarian paella which we shared between us- both tasted really good. We were also provided with entertainment by some street performers who put on a gymnastics display!

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