I was excited to re-visit Barcelona after almost a decade, especially because it would be the first time I ever returned to an international destination (unless you count Turkey, of course). I was also a little nervous. I fell in love with the city immediately the first time; I loved it even more than I loved Paris, which is really saying something coming from a former French major. I wondered how different it would be, and even though I couldn’t possibly expect it to be the same, I hoped I would love it just as much.
The moment I stepped off the bus and into the city, I wondered what I had even been worried about. Even though we were exhausted and it was late, the second I set eyes on the beautiful Casa Batlló all lit up under the night sky, I felt elated to be back. We struck gold with our accommodation, scoring an incredible apartment with a balcony in the city center with one of the kindest hosts I have ever met. It was after midnight when we arrived, but she waited up for us, ready with maps and all the advice we could possibly need to explore the city. I couldn’t recommend the place enough!
When we woke up from a good night’s sleep ready to explore, we headed first to the famous Sagrada Familia. I was curious to see how much it had changed since I had seen it last and was amazed to see how big the crowds were and how much had been added to it! I really do wonder if it will ever be finished.
We continued on to the other Gaudi essentials in our area and then headed to the Gothic neighborhood, which was something I hadn’t done on my first trip. It was a gorgeous, sunny day and there were tons of people and street performers in every alley! There were also a lot of delicious restaurants and we definitely overindulged on chorizo.
We slowly made our way to the marina, where my husband – who is something of a nap enthusiast- took a nice siesta in the sunshine.
Before the sun set, we made it over to Park Guell, another of Gaudi’s masterpieces. We got some really great views of the city up on the trail.
After a long and tiring day of trekking all over Barcelona, we ended our day perfectly with an enormous pan of paella!
I was so not ready to leave Barcelona, or Spain in general, and I remember snapping this sappy last photo from our balcony window! Barcelona, you still have my heart.