Barcelona (2/3)

Will update: Things are going really well for Will. He just started a new intensive German language class that is every day. He loves it so much he doesn’t mind the 8am start (<– miracle). He’s constantly working in the library and scanning journals and books and continuing to impress his professors and friends with his German. He’s also ready to be home. Which is wonderful because I’m ready for him to be home. LESS THAN FOUR WEEKS!!!!!

 

After La Sagrada Familia we went out to Barceloneta for lunch.

We had tapas, paella, cheesecake and sangria! It was delicious! But I’m not sure if it’s because I’m used to my mom’s paella I felt like my mom’s is better. Sorry, Barcelona, Barbara:1, Barcelona:0.

A bonus about that lunch was we were right next to the beach! Well, the number one bonus about Barcelona is its beach! Will and I both love the beach and hadn’t been to a proper beach since our second wedding anniversary when we went to Tampa, Florida. It was great seeing people walk/rollerblade/run/cycle down the board walk and admire how blue the water looks. We ended up going to the beach three times in our four days there! And it didn’t feel like enough. A couple of times we walked back to our port the long way just so we could walk along the beach. I think we realized how much we missed the beach. Sorry Scotland, Barcelona:1, Scotland:0

We spent a couple of half days at the beach and found this little corner store on the boardwalk that sold guava juice (score!) and everything we needed to make ham and cheese baguettes (and having just come from Paris we were loving this). So, on our last day we packed everything up but our swimsuits and spent the whole day at the beach enjoying our guava juice and baguettes. We were living the dream!

Oh I wanna go back!

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Barcelona (1/3)

So, remember that time Will and I went to Barcelona after our month in Paris? Uh, yeah, that did happen and I’m just now blogging about it.

So, yeah, we went to Barcelona after Paris and it was amazing! I had been before but it was only for two days after a 10 day Mediterranean cruise with my family seven years ago. When we went my brother and I split up from my parents to rent bikes for the day to just ride around. The city seems like a blur from my memories but I distinctly remember how much I loved everything about Barcelona. The beach. The gothic quarter. The beautiful people. The sun. I knew I had to go back.

The second thing we were most looking forward to about Barcelona was Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia (first was the beach… duh!).

This structure literally took our breath away! We were both speechless. The lights, the images, the colors, the art, the intention. All of it. Everything about the structure has a meaning and a purpose. Even the shadowy parts of the ceiling represent something. It really is a stunning structure.

I’m really glad we saw La Sagrada Famila. Apparently, they predict that construction will be complete in 30 years. I predict a potential 3rd trip to Barcelona in 2044.

We also managed to see three more Gaudí buildings, though we didn’t go inside: Casa Batlló.

Casa Calvet

And La Pedrera.