Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Barcelona

After our restful few days in Mallorca we headed to beautiful Barcelona. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

Day one: Las Ramblas
               Picasso Museum
               Magic Fountain
               Placa de Espana, Placa de Catalunya

Day two: La Sagrada Famila
               Park Guell
               Montjuic
               Olympic Stadium
               La Boqueria Market

Day three: Catch a train back to Madrid, misread your departure flight time...miss your flight to Miami....spend extra night in Madrid:) (Actually don't recommend this error but it worked in our favor). Spent day visiting the Botanical Garden, Resting in Park de Retiro. Enjoy some Gazpacho and Gelato.

Day 4: Head back to Dallas. Dallas has huge storm....circle for 45 min, take long 1.5 hr detoured route to Houston, sit on tarmac in Houston 1 hr, fly back to Dallas=14 hours on airplane...tired and exhausted we make it home (also not recommended but unavoidable)!!

All in all incredible, incredible trip...highly recommend.

Day one: Las Ramblas, Magic Fountain

First tapas in Barcelona



Patatas Bravas...my staple in Spain...while avoiding raw meat/fish and unpasteurized cheese and milk

Placa de Catalunya

Placa de Catalunya

 Las Ramblas...famous street in Barcelona

Inside the bar at the Wax Museum, best grape juice ever:)

Old bull fighting arena now mall in Placa de Espana

Magic fountain..like the Bellagio fountain show in Vegas on steroids



Santa Maria del Pi





Placa de Espana

Barri Gotic-Gothic Cathedral La Seu



Day Two: La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Olympic Stadium, Montjuic, La Boqueria Market

  
We decided to do a hop on and hop off tour this day because we had so much to see...best decision ever!

Peix, Barcelona's Gold fish

Torre Agbar

La Sagrada Familia-by Gaudi



Inside Sagrada Familia-so modern and cool these don't do it justice


La Sagrada Familia "The Holy Family"

Beautiful stain glass inside La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada

Park Guell


Park Guell

Park Guell by Gaudi

View from Gaudi's Park Guell


Casa Mila

Montjuic
Cable car up to Montjuic

Montjuic




1992 Olympic Area

Iconic tower

1992 Olympic arena






Olympic area

Iconic telecommunications tower

La Boqueria Market


Delish fruits and smoothies



I'd be in heaven if this was by my house

They don't waste anything...they eat it all...



Boys and their beers

Fruit...my lifesaver in Spain


 Madrid extra day due to missing flight

Botanical Garden in Madrid





Too much food...delish




Last meal in Madrid...gazpacho





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