Barcelona has it all - friendly people, spectacular architecture, history, good food, and a great soccer team! Oh, and it's on the Mediterranean Sea! Our first experience in Spain (Basque country) came with a couple of letdowns in regards to food and people. Our mind was changed in Barcelona. It does NOT disappoint!
We got to go to an FC Barcelona soccer game. It was the game where Leo Messi broke the all-time scoring record for FC Barcelona. It was a fun experience (Sebastien was loving it!).
Barcelona was full of grand avenues - reminded us of Paris.
Our hotel - Hotel Casa Fuster
This is a glimpse of La Sagrada Familia Basilica. It looks like a fairy tale. The famous architect, Antoni Gaudi began working on this basilica in 1882. He worked on the basilica, actually living in the space, until his death in 1926. They are still building the basilica! As you look at the photographs below, you will understand. It is breath-taking!
The play with perfect lighting - not too little, not too much - was awesome
(I am using the word correctly here!)
This side of La Sagrada Familia reminds me of the drip sandcastles that me and my sister used to make.
Did I mention Barcelona is on the sea??
Along one section of the beach, there is a row of restaurants and night clubs.
It is a perfect spot for sangria!
This is another piece of work by Gaudi. A wealthy textile family hired Gaudi to design their home.
Again, you can see how Gaudi was inspired by patterns in nature and light. This is a 4 or 5 story opening to a massive skylight.
Now, to the food! Of course, Spain is known for its tapas. We ate tapas 3 out or 4 nights. It was easy to indulge, especially the cured hams!
On our last day, we headed a little outside of the city to do a cava tasting. Cava is another name for champagne or sparkling wine. Sparkling wine can only be called "champange" if it is made in the Champagne region of France. Cava is from Spain. We toured the Freixenet vineyard. You can find Freixenet, often in a black bottle, in most wine stores in the U.S. The business is still family-owned.
Crazy fact - The caves, storing areas, in Freixenet hold on average
over 100 million bottles of cava at a time!
Barcelona - We highly recommend!