Barcelona Eight Years Later

Barcelona was the very first stop on our very first trip to Europe eight years ago.  We had never been abroad, Violet was a baby and Hayden was only 5.  It was incredible to come back with bigger kids and travel experience!  Our guide picked us up at the port and took us to the gothic district first.  We walked through the placas and cathedrals…

….and then had some Spanish hot chocolate - basically dark chocolate melted in a coffee cup….delicious.

After checking out the gothic quarter and the Ribald, we went to Barceloneta Beach to look for more cool rocks and sea glass.

From the beach, we headed up to check out the Olympic Stadium and torch.

We took in the view from Montuic Montana…

and then out to lunch.  We went to a very fancy seaside restaurant and had delicious vegetarian paella.

Then, we headed up to Park Guell, full of Gaudi’s art and architecture.

Then it was on to the amazing La Sagrada Familia.

and finaly, Casa Battlo, another of Gaudi’s buildings.

It was really cool to come back after so much time.  It was like the first time for Violet, and Hayden only remembered a few things from our last visit.  The kids both learned a lot today, and they really enjoyed the city. Tomorrow is a sea day, and Violet’s 9th birthday, so we are excited to celebrate with her in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea! 

© Knstrong 2013