Day 5 – We got rained out for most of the morning so we stayed home to start some laundry and get our things organized. Our apartment had a very small washing machine, but no dryer, so we quickly learned to wash things first thing in the morning and hang them up to dry while we were out and about all day.
In the afternoon, we braved the rain and went to the Museo de Xocolata. The ticket to get in is a chocolate bar! (You scan the QR code on the wrapper for entry.) The edible art is amazing – it’s hard to believe that every sculpture is made out of chocolate! The museum isn’t very big and doesn’t take much time to see the whole thing, so afterwards, we walked around El Born and looked at the street art.
We loved the neighborhood so much we came back a couple times! We had dinner at La Luna. It was a lovely setting and would have been the perfect place for a romantic meal, but we had our little third wheel with us! Still, we enjoyed the food and sangria and highly recommend it! As we walked off our dinner, we discovered Happy Pills – a fill your own candy store that’s made to look like a pharmacy. You pick your pill bottle/container and fill it with candy!
Day 6 – 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 looked for more street art and had dinner at Las Fritas – a restaurant that serves just french fries and beer!
Day 7 – Jacob’s birthday! We hung around the neighborhood in the morning and had lunch at Pudding, a cute restaurant in Les Corts that is full of books and games for customers to borrow and play at their tables. In the afternoon, we headed to Tibidabo. It was quite the birthday celebration! Jacob loved the bumper cars and the boat ride. And the huge lollipop. And the ice cream. We even managed to quickly Facetime both sets of grandparents back in the states while we were there so that everybody could wish him a happy birthday! (And so we could quickly show them our view of the city from so high up!) I’ll post more on Tibidabo later!
Day 8 – Inspired by Gaudi, we went back to El Born and visited Mosaiccos, a studio that offers mosaic lessons. Even the youngest artists can get crafty, with the opportunity to cover a treasure chest, a coaster, or a picture frame with tiny, pre-cut tile squares . Jacob chose to make a mosaic photo frame. When he finished, we had to wait for his mosaic to get cleaned up, so we walked around, checked out the Santa Caterina Market, found a playground, and had lunch at a little cafe outside. His mosaic turned out beautifully – the perfect souvenir and place to display a photo from our trip!
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, inside and out!
Day 9– 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. (Keep an eye out for my upcoming post on our photography tour!)
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!