Travel

Montjuïc, Sagrada Familia, Mercat Santa Caterina, Park Güell, Casa Mila, Las Ramblas, & Quimet y Quimet!

Yes. We saw all of this in one day. I can’t believe it either.

This was one of my favorite days spent in Barcelona. It was insanely busy but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The only thing is that I wish we could have spent more time at Park Güell. That and have a bigger stomach so I could have gorged more at Quimet y Quimet.

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Santa Maria de Montserrat, Cava at the Codorníu Winery, & a mountain of paella at La Barceloneta

A foggy, mountainside excursion to see the Virgin of Montserrat followed by a tour of the Codorníu Winery. The trip took all day and it was early evening by the time we got back to our hotel room in L’Eixample. Afterwards, we trekked all the way to La Barceloneta to gorge on seafood paella.

Saw the Black Madonna in a mountain in the morning, sipped on cava in a wine cellar in the mid afternoon, and had fresh seafood by the beach for dinner. Not a bad day, right?

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The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Barcelona Edition

When I book a vacation ANYWHERE in the world, I scour Yelp, Tripadvisor, Chowhound, Serious Eats, & Time Out simultaneously to figure out which restaurants I should grace my presence with. It’s no secret that I love good food so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that I have a systematic approach with my restaurant research months prior to a trip. I mean it only makes sense, right? I leave a lot of wiggle room for spontaneous choices but for the most part, I have a hit list of places already bookmarked on my phone. The mere thought of “winging it” for 8 days’ worth of lunch and dinner gives me shudders. I’m a liiiiiiiiiiiiiittle too Type A for that.

Anyway, if you are taking a trip to Barcelona in the near future, here is a list of top places. My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE is a must so scroll down for the count down!

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Fast Food Breakfast, Taking the Metro, Camp Nou, Mercat de la Boqueria, & Tapas in Las Ramblas

Another reason why it takes me a bajillion years to post photos is because I like to edit them. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like to over process photos with 20 filters, but I just feel like if I’m going to show people photos from my trip, I want the pics to do the place justice. Does that make sense?

Anyway, here are pics from a full day starting with our super fancy breakfast at Pans & Company. This fast food chain is kind of awesome – I mean, patatas bravas and serrano ham sandwich? Yes please.

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A Walk in the Gothic Quarter, a Glass of Cava with Lunch, and Casa Mila Behind Closed Doors

The reason why it takes so long for me to put up photos is because I take so many that I have to edit them down to a manageable amount. I get snap crazy especially when I’m out of the country that I LITERALLY have OVER 1,000 images to pore through. Actually, I think I took over 700 photos one day in Barcelona (Dali’s house and museum – but can you blame me?)

Anyway, here’s a photo diary of our morning walk through the Gothic Quarter. Funny story about our tours: we took so many different ones but for some reason, they all overlap within this area. Our Tapas tour, the Best of Barcelona tour, even the Modernism tour, all somehow walked through a part of the Gothic Quarter. Crazily enough, we never saw the same street twice because there are so many little streets and they’re easy to miss if you’re not paying attention! Another funny story: I almost didn’t get into the the Barcelona Cathedral because my dress was too short (obvs) and our tour guide was kind enough to lend me her scarf. I’ll try to remember my hemlines when I go to The Vatican.

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