Our first day in Barcelona was rough. It started with getting totally ripped off in the taxi ride from the airport to our Airbnb and it ended in projectile vomit. Our eldest fell sick that first night and barely made it off the couch the next day. Luckily we are here for a month so, while we were ACHING to go exploring, I was able to make the most of a home day by catching up on work.
On our first day of explorations, we decided to just walk and see where the day would take us. We walked. And walked. And walked. We found so many incredible buildings and statues and a beautiful park. We also found a lot of graffiti (it is EVERYWHERE!) and garbage in some areas…just so you know it is not all lovely!
There were so many of these little parks around the city. Many of them were in the middle of the road with traffic on either side of them! There were also a whole lot of dog parks. People seem to really like dogs in this city.
Cheese and meat my friends! Nom, nom, nom. There are so many different types of cheese and they are very reasonably priced.
This was random. I’m not sure who these men on white horses are but it was cool to seem them trotting down the busy street.
I’m kind of in love with these little alleys. So beautiful!
Yes, that is a building! And if you look you will see some of the graffiti I was talking about.
This building is really close to our apartment. Hospital de Sant Pau was a fully functioning hospital until 2009 and is now a museum and cultural center.
There are buildings like this everywhere. So beautiful!
This and the following pictures were taken in and around Parc de la Ciutadella which we had the pleasure of wandering around for about an hour!
You can rent bikes all over the city, although the taxi driver that ripped us off said that they are for the locals, not the tourists.
The Arc de Triomf is on a beautiful, pedestrian only avenue straight out of the Parc de la Ciutadella.
And of course, no visit to Barcelona is complete without a visit to Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. We did not actually go into it (that will come later) but we did walk by and admire it’s exterior.
I think we are going to like it here in Barcelona. There is so much to see and do!