Oh Barcelona. I fell in love with you as soon as I surfaced from the metro, lugging my suitcase along your cobblestone streets. It literally felt like on every corner there was another building that was worth whipping out the camera and taking a shot - the legacy of Gaudi and Modernisme living on in the beautiful architecture. The crisp air, the fine weather and don't get me started on the food! This could very well be my new favourite city (after Sydney of course!)
It was a whirlwind 4 day trip with my family (who had legged it all the way from home to visit me for Christmas and New Years - of which I am ever so grateful! Miss them soooo much!) - but we managed to cover quite a lot in the limited time we had.
Some memorable moments on the trip:
- each member of the family losing something at one point or another - carry bags, debit cards, hats and tour bus tickets *high five Perdons*
- Adrian's obsession with TriNa, the number one still fruit drink of the Iberian Peninsula (I personally didn't really enjoy it)
- Dad randomly saying "¿Dónde?" wherever and whenever, but actually failing to speak his high school/college Spanish when it was required!
- gripping my handbag and stalking out potential pickpockets as we strolled along the infamous La Rambla (there was only one instance where I thought there might have been one casing out Adrian, but a quick call out to him and a stern look from me sorted that out!)
- the delicious Jamon de Jabugo and the Navajas (Razor Clams) at Cerveseria Catalana - my tummy is rumbling just thinking about them
- gazing out over Barcelona and delighting in the mosaic art at Park Güell
- voting for the brave souls that participated in the Flamenco Workshop (and subsequent competition) at our hotel - A+ for effort random dude! What you lacked in technique you made up in enthusiasm!
- ordering almost the entire menu at Gustos and scoffing it all down in what seemed like a matter of minutes!
- walking on the pitch and learning the FC Barcelona song at Camp Nou. (Barça, Barça, Baaarça!)
- the panoramic views atop the hill at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (and almost losing dad here!)
- staring in wonder at Gaudi's yet-to-be-completed Sagrada Familia
- ordering my xocolata calenta (hot chocolate) in perfect Catalan, only to be stumped when they actually replied back (turned out all she was asking was "anything else?" - whoops!)
- delicious fruit shakes (mango + coconut, who knew it would be so good!) and jamon in a cone at La Boqueria Market
So you can probably tell, we really enjoyed the food in Barcelona. So much so that it deserves a post all of its own!
There were a few things I missed out on seeing, the Picasso Museum, the interiors of Sagrada Familia (we visited on a Sunday so it was closed off for church services til late in the afternoon), Barceloneta beach and the magical fountains at Montjuïc. All fabulous reasons to make my way back there soon!
What were your most memorable moments in Barcelona? And what should I definitely not miss out on next time? (cos there WILL be a next time!)