We’re back! I’ll be posting a more detailed look at our itinerary, our favorite places to visit, and favorite things to do in Barcelona, but for now, here’s a quick look at our trip!
May 19 – Departed IAD. Layover in Atlanta. Left the airport to visit the Delta Flight Museum. It was nice to get out and stretch our legs before the long overnight flight! We were happy that #KidGoodwin got some sleep on the plane and he was an AMAZING traveler. The flight couldn’t have gone any better.
May 20 – Arrived in Barcelona! Our apartment was just a block away from L’illa Diagonal shopping centre, so once we got in and settled, we walked there to check it out and visit the grocery store. In my opinion, one of the best things about home exchanging is that you have a kitchen and are able to do as many (or as few) meals at home as you wish! We stocked up on things for breakfast and lunch, drinks, fruit, and snacks.
Then we all took a siesta to help us get on “Barcelona time.”
After that we went to visit La Boqueria. We got some juice and strolled Las Ramblas for a bit before returning to Bar Boqueria for dinner.
May 21 – We took it easy in the morning and just went for a walk around our neighborhood. We found a few playgrounds and let Jacob play for a bit. In the afternoon, we went to CosmoCaixa, the science museum. There was a big exhibit on mirrors there, which he loved!
May 22 – In the morning, we went to Ciutadella Park and walked around. We found an awesome children’s area that the kid loved before making our way to the Arc de Triomf. He loved the guy there blowing gigantic bubbles. In the afternoon, we took the tram to Camp Nou and visited the FC Barcelona store. We got the kid his own FC Barcelona jersey to wear on his birthday!
May 23 – We went to the beach. While the water wasn’t the warmest, Jacob didn’t seem to mind. We had so much fun playing in the sand and collecting rocks and sea glass. After we had our fill of the sun and sea we went to a little beach bar and grabbed lunch. In the evening, we stayed up later than usual to catch the Magic Fountain of Montjuic!
May 24 – We got rained out for most of the morning so we stayed home to start some laundry and get our things organized. In the afternoon, we braved the rain and went to the Museo de Xocolata and then had dinner at La Luna. We walked around El Born for a while – and loved the neighborhood so much we returned a couple more times!
May 25 – In the morning we visited Parc Guell. It looked like it was going to be another rainy day, but it stayed away for the most part and we were able to enjoy the amazing views from the park. In the evening, we went back to La Boqueria for another juice and walked our way back through El Born. We admired all the street art and had dinner at Las Fritas – a restaurant that serves just french fries and beer!
May 26 – Jacob’s birthday! We hung around the neighborhood in the morning and had lunch at Pudding. In the afternoon, we headed to Tibidabo. It was quite the birthday celebration! Jacob loved the bumper cars and the boat ride. And the ice cream. We even managed to quickly Facetime both sets of grandparents back in the states so that everybody could wish him a happy birthday!
May 27 – Inspired by Gaudi, we went back to El Born and visited Mosaiccos, a studio that offers mosaic lessons. Jacob got to make a mosaic photo frame. We walked around, checked out the Santa Caterina Market, found a playground, and had lunch while we waited for his mosaic to get cleaned up. In the evening, we had a HUGE steak dinner at Bovinum in the L’illa Diagonal shopping centre, and then we headed to La Sagrada Familia. Maybe not the kid’s favorite stop, but it was breathtaking.
May 28 – It was chilly, but Jacob wanted to go back to the beach. We had a great time collecting sea glass and chasing each other on the sand. We had lunch at the beach and then had to go home and get cleaned up for our photography tour. In the afternoon, we met up with a photographer from Pick a Pic tours and strolled through the streets together, posing for family pictures every few blocks.
When we said goodbye to our photographer in Ciutadella Park, we stumbled across the bubble guy, again blowing his massive bubbles. We let Jacob watch for a bit before deciding it was time to find a place for dinner. In El Born, we got an outside table at Taller de Tapas and had the best meal of the entire trip. We got a fantastic cheese board, steak, half a roasted chicken, and french fries. And sangria, of course. Tommy took Jacob for a walk to buy a popsicle and I asked him to pick out a pair of souvenir earrings from a lady selling them in the street. He was very proud of his bright, sparkly purchase and now I have something pretty to remember our adventures with!
Stay tuned… More stories about our trip to come!