October 21, 2014

Barcelona, Spain TRAVEL DIARY

Hello! Hello! 

It's been a while. Yes, it has. 

If you follow me on Instagram you know I've been super busy! The hubby and I came back from Spain about a week ago. Right after the trip, I had to coordinate my very first conference for my firm. Let's just say its been CRAZY/ hectic. I am now thankful and grateful for the quiet moments. 

Anyway, it's a tradition for me to share my traveling experiences with you here on the blog. So lets begin! 


 First Stop: Barcelona, Spain
 We arrived in Barcelona early in the am. The flight was long! About 10 hours in total from Dallas to Barcelona, Spain. 
We rented an apartment in Barcelona (Airbnb.com is the bomb!) It was tiny, but super efficient and great location. Oh and it had wifi. Very important. 
 When we first arrived we took a power nap because that jet lag is killer. Then we took a cab to the Olympic park (see above). It's beautiful. The beach is so serene and relaxing. There is rows of restaurants and palm trees. 
 Here's hubby and I taking selfless, lol! You just have to right? These are our excited faces. 
 The night creeped up on us! While we were exploring the city, we stumbled upon a local fair. There was a huge Ferris wheel and all kinds of games and rides. Of course, we had to ride on the Ferris wheel. (Side note: I hate rides. I can't even ride the merry-go-round without getting sick.) I built up the courage to get on but I almost did get sick. That wouldn't have been pretty. 
 The only part I enjoyed about getting on the Ferris wheel was the amazing pictures I took of the city.
 CHURROS- mmmm!!! So delicious. They fill them with cream or Nutella and oh my goodness- they are finger licking good. 
 The next morning hubby and I decided to take a tour of the Barcelona Stadium. He is a huge soccer fan and this was a must on our to-visit list. I'm not gonna lie, I enjoyed it too. It was a pretty cool experience. 
   We had the opportunity to see the locker rooms, press room, and walk around the field.
Below: The Sagrada Familia.
It's breathtaking. They began to build this church in 1882 and still continues. That's why you see cranes all around. You can totally tell what parts are new and what parts are older.
There is so much detail that you can sit there for hours and just admire it.
One of Spains most famous Architects, Antoni Gaudi, also added his vision and works to this church. 
Below: These are called the Nativity Facades. It celebrates the birth of Jesus. Just amazing. 
Continuing on… 
This is just a pic of a cool building. The architecture in Spain is spectacular.
A visit to Casa MilĂ , popularly known as ‘La Pedrera’ (the stone quarry), gives us a better understanding and appreciation of architecture and take us to the period when Antoni GaudĂ­ lived.
Yep, that is a huge gaping hole in the center of the home. 
These large creations by Gaudi are on the roof top. They overlook the city and give you amazing views of the ocean.
Below: Another one of his alluring projects. 
Check out our ride to the Monjuic Castle. Pretty cool, eh? 
This aerial lift takes you up Barcelona's Montjuic Mountain. 
Once up top, you arrive to the castle. The beautifully manicured lawn is not what I expected. But those huge cannons overlooking the sea were pretty rad. 
I can't even imagine way back in the day when they would shoot those at incoming invaders. 
Now they just sit there, quietly overlooking the sea.
Below: I took this picture from the hotels roof top. That bullet shaped building is called- Torre Agbar. 
It's not only striking at night but in the daylight too. 
It was extremely difficult going through all my pictures to just pick ten. 
I know, I went a little overboard with 20 but regardless, I really hope you enjoyed them. 
Ibiza is coming up next! 

See you soon Loves.