Barcelona Travel Diary

August 23, 2013

Barcelona was the second place we visited during our trip, and is one place I’ve never been before. What stood out to me most about Barcelona, was how big an influence the architect Antonio Gaudi had – almost everything touristy that we did somehow related to Gaudi.

Since we didn’t have a lot of time, we went on an open top tourist bus that had an English spoken tour. The other thing we did was visit Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. The concierge at our hotel recommended us to buy the tickets online in advance, and this was some of the best advice we had as it saved us lining up for about 3 hours to get in. We also went on a guided tour, which I highly recommend, since we learned a lot about the Sagrada Familia and Gaudi, which we otherwise would have missed out on. I’m not going to go into details about the Sagrada Familia, because there is just too much to say, but if you have the means to travel overseas then the Sagrada Familia is a must see.

I also recommend to try as many restaurants as you can, since the food in Barcelona is so good. We had a wonderful dining experience at one restaurant that I think we will remember for a long time. Also don’t be afraid to try some of the local beers!

If you like Zara, then Spain is the cheapest place to buy it. We went quite crazy here in Zara – they have stores everywhere (like two Zaras on one street!) and they have really good stock.

The other thing about Barcelona, is that it is the pickpocket capital of the world unfortunately. For that reason, we didn’t use our normal camera (the Canon 5D mk II) and instead opted for the less conspicuous Fujifilm X-E1. We also made good use of the safes provided in the hotel room to store any precious belongings. Fortunately we didn’t get pickpocketed, but we saw other people down La Rumbla (do not fall into a tourist trap and have dinner along here, as you will be an easy target) falling victim. However, as long as you stay vigilant, you shouldn’t have any problems!

Gaudi’s Casa Batlló (dragon house)
Gaudi’s Casa Milà
Gaudi’s gate house to Parc Guell
Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia
Wearing Zara top, Cue skirt

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