Hola! We arrived in Barcelona yesterday morning after getting only a couple hours of sleep on the red eye. By the time we caught a bus to our hotel and showered, it was about 1pm. Despite our tiredness, we decided to get out and explore this beautiful city.
Here is our day in pictures:
First stop on our exploration was the National Art Museum. We didn’t go in, opting to enjoy the beauty from the outside instead:)
The pictures are a bit dark because it was overcast. The weather is amazing, though, 70 degrees during the day and 60′s at night.
Looking back toward Plaza Espanya (where our hotel is) from the museum
where the 1992 Olympic Games were held
We went to La Boqueria (the main outdoor market) and I couldn’t resist snapping photos of the beautiful fruits and vegetables
the architecture and structure of Barcelona is absolutely quaint and breathtaking. I love it – it has stolen my heart.
there are many horses and carriages
the front of our hotel – we love this big wooden door that slides open
the Torre Agbar building – or as the guidebook calls it “Barcelona’s own cucumber shaped building”
We are spending plenty of time on the subway where pick pocketing is supposedly the worst. We keep getting warned by complete strangers to be careful. Today a security guard walked up to us on the subway and told us to put our camera, which was around Jon’s neck, in our bag. They are serious.
We finished off yesterday with dinner at a quaint little restaurant on the side of the street.
I ordered the vegetarian plate – hummus, pita, falafel balls, grape leaves stuffed with rice and a salad. It was delish! I haven’t had any problem avoiding meet whatsoever. I just say “soy vegetariano” and they know exactly what I want….or don’t want:)
Jon ordered this chicken dish with hummus, falafel and salad
That’s day one in a nutshell. We are loving Spain and the people here are wonderful. The things that really stand out to me so far are that pickpocketing is a really big deal (but people are being so kind to try and warn us), this should be called the “city of love” because everyone is always kissing each other, the weather is perfect and the streets and alleyways are adorable, and Spaniards are very laid back and friendly. I don’t want to ever leave! I guess I’ll let Jon peel me away, so we can go to Paris;)
Stay tuned for day 2 and to find out what I found in a little hole in the wall shop that is very dear to my heart. Adios!
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