Category Archives: Barcelona
Sometimes, when you travel, you only have a short period of time to be in one place. The last time I was in Barcelona, I only had one day to explore. This means I never slowed down but I did get to see a lot considering the amount of time I was there.
I will be leaving next week for another trip to Europe and will have 24 hours to spend in Barcelona. There are some of the places I think you should see if you have time…make a list, map it out, and GO!
The major work of renowned architect, Gaudi, the Sagrada Familia (Church of the Sacred Family) is a magnificent and unique architectural structure, prompting many critics to pronounce it the only church like it in the world.
You can check out the all of the photos of Montserrat and Sagrada Familia on my travel blog Southern Blue Traveler.
On March 5th, we arrived in Barcelona, Spain. I wanted to go to Spain when I was taking Spanish in high school but I haven’t given much thought about it since then and that was back in the 80’s.
Barcelona was beautiful and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed exploring Barcelona. You can check out my entire post on Barcelona on my travel blog Southern Blue Traveler.
Plaça de Catalunya. Placa de Catalunya is a large square in central Barcelona, Spain that is generally considered to be both its city center and the place where the old city and new meet. It is known for its fountains and statues, its proximity to some of Barcelona’s most popular attractions, and for the flocks of pigeons that gather in the center.
Yep, out of everthing in Barcelona, the history, the shopping, the architecture, my daughter loved feeding the pigeons.
We spent very little money when we traveled. We bought nothing the whole day we were in Barcelona, not even food, except for bird seed. You heard me right, we wouldn’t spend money on ourselves but we spent money to feed these fat birds. Not only did we feed them once, but she had to go back and buy another bag.
I couldn’t help but smile as I watched her face light up like it did when she was a small child. As parents of our adult children, we don’t often get the see the pure joy in our children like we did when they were growing up. So when my 25 year old daughter came over and stuck out her hand for more money, I happily handed it over to her. After all, these moments in our lives are priceless.
When my daughter and I were planning this trip and I saw Barcelona, Spain on the cruise port list, I thought it would be a nice place to visit but I have to admit that it wasn’t on my bucket list of places to see. Let me just go on record as saying “put Barcelona on your bucket list.”
When people ask me what the biggest surprise was of the trip, I tell them that I didn’t expect to love Barcelona. I knew I would love Italy and France but I really didn’t have any expectations about Spain. My daughter, on the other hand, had a huge list of places she wanted to see. She had so many that we didn’t get to see them all.
We decided that we do Barcelona on our on and not pay for a tour through the ship. Not only was this a huge savings but we had the opportunity to go where we wanted to go, when we wanted to go. Barcelona has an awesome bus system and I recommend that you take advantage of it. They will give you a booklet with all of the stop locations and you can choose where you want to “hop on and hop off”.
The first place on my daughters list to visit was the Gothic Quarters. As we exited the bus we looked around to see where we need to start. I noticed a crowd of people in what looked to be a town square almost directly in front of the bus stop so my daughter and I headed that direction. She reached the area before I did and suddenly stopped. She turned to me and with a big grin on her face telling me to hurry. As I reached the square, I looked to my left and saw this church. I think my mouth just fell open. It was breathtaking, stunning, and any other word you can think of that means it just took my breath away.
The Barcelona Cathedral (Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia) also known as La Seu dates back to 1450, but it’s not its age that is most impressive. The immense cathedral is a testament to architectural achievement, and its roof is famous for being peppered with numerous ornate gargoyles. It is one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in Europe, and the cathedral is a mecca for historians, architects or people who just love to look at beautiful things. Santa Eulalia’s body is also here, entombed in the crypt.