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Oh my goodness! I didn’t realize it until I started editing them down, but I took approximately 1 billion photos in Barcelona. Holy moly! Above are 27 of my favorites. Sorry if that’s too many! : )
I have to say we LOVED Barcelona. Such a cool city. And such a fun place for a family to visit. Lots of great outdoor spaces and walking districts, which made it super easy to explore!
Some of the highlights:
– Rich man’s Paella at Café de les 7 Portes. So yummy! I wish I had a plate full right this minute.
– Watching Oscar watching sharks at the aquarium. The perfect place to go when the rain set in.
– Finding lemon and strawberry slushies every where we went.
– Seeing Columbus pointing off in the distance. Loved that!
– Eating churros and super-thick hot cocoa in the Ramblas district. Seriously the thickest hot cocoa I’ve ever had. It was basically chocolate sauce. Hah!
– Watching my kids play in the Mediterranean Sea. It was too cold for swimming, so we didn’t even pack swimsuits, but the kids couldn’t resist. They shed their pants and jumped in!
– Late night tapas. I think we ordered 15 different plates.
– Studying the architecture — an amazing mix of classic European, super experimental modern, and some crazy Gaudi thrown in. Very cool! I loved seeing cream, then pink, then yellow, then green facades next to each other.
– Seeing palm trees mixed in with classical statues and buildings. For some reason, I didn’t expect that, and it made me so happy!
It was big and had plenty of space to hang out — which definitely affected how we spent our time. We would have one big adventure each day and then hang out in the apartment and watch movies or make food. It was so nice to have a fully-stocked kitchen to work in — and a grocery store around the corner.
Mostly, I was in love with all the tile work. Can you believe how pretty? Made me want to be barefoot every time I was in the apartment. I also loved the windows and doors with bits of stained glass. Basically I couldn’t stop taking pictures. : )
I definitely think staying in the apartment instead of a hotel helped us feel like we were getting a more authentic Barcelona experience. How about you, have you ever tried renting an apartment or house for a vacation instead of a hotel?