The sites and sounds of Barcelona I will never forget, and just to highlight a few special places I thought it would be great to make a post about it. I traveled with my sister, Allyson, and a friend Marybeth. We got an apartment on HomeAway which was perfect and right next to Sagrada Familia, which was amazing to be able to walk by that every morning and night.
Gaudis' Sagrada Familia blew my mind and I really didn't want to pay 29 Euros to get in! Once I was inside I got it. The beautiful colors that travel through that space have the most eerie and magical effect. I understand why locals tell everyone its a must-see.
Our other favorite spot was the El Born neighborhood. This area had so many lovely shops and cafes, I could have spent a whole week just checking out every place that was there. This is also where I spent an afternoon using my watercolors and getting back into some painting that has been lacking in my life because of my Mass Art classes and homework. I am definitely rusty, but determined to get back into it!
And finally, my last highlight spot would have to be our day trip to Monserrat, Spain. This was on top of these crazy shaped mountains, where a cathedral lay and a choir full of alter boys sing everyday at 1pm. We took an amazing hike here and the scenery was a full 360 I walked slow just to take it all in.
I think I did see everything I wanted to see, and actually my favorite times really were just chilling at different cafes in different neighborhoods and enjoying the amazing Cavas and wines they had to offer. Tapas were also quite tasty. I am glad I did my research however and stayed away from La Rambla! Stores, people, and tourist trap to the max....I walked through it accidentally one night and I had a little panic attack as did my sister.
The photo below was one of the first nights we were there from the National Museum....amazing view from there where you can enjoy a glass of wine at sunset. I would definitely go back!