Barcelona

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The morning that we departed for Barcelona from Paris was magnificent! The sky was clear blue and this gorgeous weather meant incredible views from our aeroplane! Flying is so beautiful you can see the world from such a unique perspective.

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We were very pleased when our hostel manager announced that instead of having to share a room with 6 other people, we got to have our own room. We were so excited by this prospect we didn’t even mind that the room was actually the size of a closet. It didn’t matter because we also had a tiny little balcony where you could very slightly see the beach!

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Our first day was spent roaming the area. We ended up walking through Barcelona’s main street, La Rambla and did a tiny bit of shopping.

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Taylor and I decided to dedicate our second day to visit the famous 4 Gaudi monuments scattered throughout the city. Our day began with a massive storm – which luckily later cleared – however this meant we were very delayed in getting out of bed and getting ready. We also got a tiny bit lost, which also meant we stumbled upon some cool shopping which we couldn’t resist.

We found 3 of the 4 monuments. The 4th we still couldn’t pinpoint even though we walked through the neighbourhood for half an hour with a map. The second monument was under construction so we couldn’t view it from the outside. The La Manzana de la Discordia was beautiful however, and of course so was the most famous monument in Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia.

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We managed to squeeze in a visit to Park Guell on our last day. The park was designed by Gaudi between 1900 – 1914. It is situated on top of the hill of El Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. It’s quite a hike to get there, but very worth the view on the top which overlooks the city and the ocean.

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Our wandering took us to Plaça d’Espanya. We had an unexpected surprise on our visit here on the 4th of July. There was a Harley Expo with motorbikes to view and various food and clothing stalls.

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Behind this busy passage is where we found the Palau Nacional, which is the Museum of Catalan art. This building is set on top of the hill and on the gradual slope has a magic fountain and grand columns. This was one of the prettiest buildings I’ve seen, which was enhanced by the magnificent weather and electric atmosphere.

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It’s also worthy to note the trip we took with the Montjuïc Cable Car. We took the cable car up to visit the Montjuïc Castle on the summit of the hill where we took wonderful photos of Barcelona from above and photos of the port on the ocean side of the hill. I definitely recommend visiting both this observation point along with Park Guell on your next visit to Barcelona!

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