Jacob and I are back from our little Spanish adventure! We arrived back in the UK at 11:30pm on Friday night. I was sad to leave the beautiful 18-degree weather but also overjoyed for being in an English speaking country again!
If you are ever in Barcelona, I would highly recommend getting the ‘Barcelona Card’ – its 55 euros, however, we saved so much money! You get free public transport and get into a lot of places for free or for awesome discounts! So, invest in that if you ever get the chance.
Anyway, off to our adventure (this is going to be long)!
Day 1: We did LOTS of walking on Tuesday! We saw the Gothic Cathedral and the Cathedral of Barcelona. We also went to lots of museums like the Plaça del Rei – which takes you underground to look at the Roman Barcino structure in the 1st century BC to the Barcelona of the 13th-century A.D.and into the early Middle Age. Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona was a cool place also with an interesting area on how humans could possibly become cyborgs in the future. We saw a hypothetical euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster, engineered to humanely—with elegance and euphoria—take the life of a human being. Watch it here!
We walked through a park which had a ‘Castle of Dragons’ in it, as well as a massive zoo. We then visited the Arc de Triomf, and I paid some guy 1 euro to make massive bubbles! After our 15km hike that day, we headed back to the hotel for some much-needed rest.
Day 2: Our day started off a little bit crappy as the first place we wanted to see was shut during the week but we eventually made to our final destination – Parc de Montjuïc. We had to catch a ‘funicular’ which is basically a small sized train that goes up and down steep slopes via cables and then the cable car up to Montjuïc. Once we got to the top, we went to Castell de Montjuïc and had a squizz at the view and a lovely walk around the castle! From there we went to the Museu Olímpic i de l’Esport (Olympic museum) and then onto the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya where I continued to trip over my own feet and rolled my ankle numerous times. Within the building, there was 3 different areas: Roman Art, Gothic Art, and Modern Art. There were legit Roman paintings in the building which were pretty cool to see!
From there we went to the Font Màgica de Montjuïc (Magic Fountain of Montjuïc) which was quite cool. We didn’t stick around for the light and sound show, but I’m sure it was fab. We then walked back to the Metro to head to the Museu Egipci de Barcelona (Egyptian Museum) which was great! I saw an actual mummy wrapped up (foot bone sticking out the bottom) as well as a replica of Tutankhamun’s tomb! For our final activity of the day, we went to the Sagrada Família which was INCREDIBLE! The architecture itself was amazing. It had started being built in 1882 and still isn’t complete today! The construction people have put the completion around 2026, the centennial of Gaudí’s death!
Day 3: HOLA BARCELONA ZOO!! We spent the morning at the zoo, looking at the odd array of animals that were there. We saw a monkey try to attack a little girl through the glass, some pygmy hippos, and a not very happy Leopard! From there, we went to the beach to enjoy the sunshine until we had a boat cruise with some other Brissy friends! Then we all got dinner, headed our separate ways and heading home.
Day 4: We made our way up to Mount Tibidabo to look at the Parc d’Atraccions del Tibidabo as well as the Temple de Sagrat Cor which is visible for anywhere in Barcelona! From there, we lazily headed back to the hotel to get our stuff ready for the flight back home! All in all, it was a fabulous trip and another thing to tick off the bucket list!
Congratulations for making it this far!
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Much love, xxx