Barcelona Trip Highlights | Food + Architecture

I’m finally catching up after a whirlwind of Barcelona-Christmas-festivities-New-Years-celebrations. My week in Barcelona was fantastic!

Looking back at my notebook, my impressions of the city include:

  • Tapas are everywhere.
  • People seem to love shaved meat.
  • Shopkeepers are friendly.
  • It is noisy but clean.
  • The hip-length coat seems popular.
  • You have to turn a handle (or push a button) to open the subway car door.
  • The metro is amazing – efficient, clean, and cheap.
  • Groceries are pretty reasonably priced.

Here are some photo highlights from the trip!

IMG_0186.JPG
At Park Guell. (Photo Credit: R. LeClair)

#1. Barcelona Eat Local Food Tour

My dad and I joined the Barcelona Eat Local Food Tour because we wanted to experience local food that we would not know about ourselves. On the tour, we got to eat lots of delicious food at local family-run businesses. The food was fantastic.

IMG_4054.JPG
Salted Cod in the Sant Antoni Market.
IMG_4110.JPG
Fried potatoes and toasted bread with fresh tomatoes.

Really though, the tour was much more than just a food tour. The tour guide taught us about – local history, culture, architecture, and politics. After the tour, I saw the city in a new light. The tour was pretty small, just three of us and our guide. It felt relaxed and casual, like hanging out with a nice group of friends. If you are ever in Barcelona, I cannot recommend the tour highly enough! Check it out – Barcelona Eat Local Tour.

IMG_4177.JPG

#2 – Casa Mila designed by Gaudi

My inner art history was totally geeking out when I saw the Casa Mila. Now I am studying psychology but I studied art history for many many years – 3 years in elementary school, 1 year in high school, and 4 years in art history. In all my classes, we always studied the Casa Mila. Seeing it on the street corner, I felt like I was glimpsing a celebrity. I did not keep my cool… >_<

IMG_4155.JPG

IMG_4158.JPG
The ceiling inside the Casa Mila cafe.

#3 – Sagrada Famila designed by Gaudi

I was completely unprepared for the scale and grandeur of the Sagrada Familia cathedral designed by Gaudi. The cathedral has been under construction since 1882 and is still not completed. Even so, the building is awe-inspiring. My dad said that the cathedral was worth a visit to Barcelona. The main entrance to the cathedral is scheduled to be completed in 2026. I would love to go back to see it finished!

IMG_4238.JPG

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Barcelona Trip Highlights | Food + Architecture

    1. J LeClair says:

      Right? It was so exciting!! I never imagined I would put my hand on the Casa Mila. I hope you get a chance to see Gaudi’s work in person. What is the most amazing artwork you have gotten to see? Jessy

      Liked by 1 person

      1. blossomkitty says:

        Hmmm…. Maybe the Christo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue in Rio. Incredibly beautiful. I also saw Van Gogh’s Starry Night, which made me cry. I have tickets to see a Hokusai ukiyo-e exhibition in July. I’m super excited to see the Great Wave of Kanagawa. ☺

        Liked by 1 person

      2. J LeClair says:

        What an amazing diversity of art! The Hokusai exhibit sounds exciting. I will look forward to hearing about your experience. I just did finished a Hokusai print puzzle yesterday. Such beautiful work.

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s