Barcelona + Madrid

As a child I dreamed of going to Barcelona because my dad traveled there a ton for business and it was his favorite city in the world. He would would being home fun gifts and show us pictures of all the cool buildings and architecture. So when Brad told me Barcelona was a city we could get to with points, I jumped for joy! We loved it there. I am a big fan of ALL of Antoni Gaudí’s work, and I especially love his use of natural light in his buildings. I try to keep our home in San Diego as bright as possible and love having our windows open at all times. So I really loved the creativity he used to bring light into his buildings; most of the cool buildings from these photos are his.

Our travel details for Barcelona are at the end of the post!

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Casa Milà, one of Gaudi’s buildings!

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Casa Batllo, another of his buildings!

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We took a really cool tour through Gaudí’s Casa Batlló. They gave us tablets that combined augmented reality and virtual components so we could be in a room and then look at the tablet and see what the room looked like when it was fully furnished. It was really cool!!

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Isn’t this a crazy cool building??

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I love all the natural light!!

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And more gelato! The best part about going on vacation is the guilt free ice cream 🙂

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Sagrada Família is Roman Catholic church that as been under construction for 134 years!!! Gaudi is the mastermind behind it, of course!

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I couldn’t not believe my eyes once inside. It is unlike any building, church, or place I have ever been too! It really was super amazing and mind blowing! Pictures just cannot do this building justice.

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Brad and I realized the whole church is like a giant tree. There are carved leaves all around it and near the top of the building there are these baskets of fruit, oranges, beans, wheat, strawberries, and grapes. Pretty neat!

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Park Güell is a park that Gaudi helped design. It is full of gardens and beautiful architecture. It is on Carmel Hill!

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Park Güell

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This is in the Gothic Quarter of the City!!

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I am a bit of a macaroon lover so when i saw there was a macaroon ice cream sandwich, I was all on it!! It was amazing! Someone in San Diego needs to opened up a shop selling these because they are amazing, and would kill it here!!

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Madrid’s airport might be my favorite in the world! Those green pillars are all different colors of the rainbow lol!!

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This is the Caixa Forum Madrid, which is a museum. I told Brad that if for some reason we live in a city when we are older and can’t have a yard, I’ll take this on the side of the building instead 😉

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Brad and a little metal man

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Caixa Forum’s stairs were a wonder themselves!

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When I went to South Africa 7 years ago, I tried this Dannon cereal flavored yogurt and fell in love with it. You have to try it! Every time I travel, I look for this flavor. Every country I have been to has had it except for…. The United States!! It this craziest thing! So if you know where to get it, let me know 🙂

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Madrid LDS temple!

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Brad’s Take

Spain is a place I would love to go again. These are very different cities and I’m happy we got a flavor of two different parts of Spain while there!

Barcelona Tips:

If you’re going to Barcelona, you have to see Gaudi. Make sure to go visit La Sagrada Familia; it’s a masterpiece and unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. Whether you like his style or not, Gaudi was an absolute genius. One heads up for this: while the other parts of our trip were budget friendly, Barcelona architectural tours were not. So make sure to budget for that before hand!

While in Barcelona, we stayed near La Rambla, which I would recommend to anyone. It’s a very central location to most everything you’ll want to see and has a lot going on (thanks Caitlin)! We stayed at an Airbnb. I would definitely recommend staying in that area and would definitely recommend an Airbnb, because that’s a lot cheaper than a hotel. It’s pretty easy to get around Barcelona on public transit, though we mostly walked. There’s an airport bus that takes you to and from La Rambla that is super easy and costs ~1 Euro.

Madrid Tips:

There’s a lot to see in Madrid! Including a lot of cool museums. You can get into the Prado museum for free late in the day, but watch out, there can be a long line!

One thing that we luckily stumbled upon was the best gathering of street performers I’ve ever seen. There’s a plaza near Plaza Mayor in Madrid called Puerta del Sol that gets packed at night. We were there for two hours watching dancers, roller bladers, and other entertainers putting on great shows. I got suckered into being a prop for the roller bladers and got jumped over by them while laying next to six other poor unfortunate souls. It was a little scary, haha.

One final Spain tip:

If you’re ever in Spain, make sure to get tapas! Get the papas fritas with the spicy sauce and the bacon wrapped dates. They are really tasty! (thanks to our friend Randilyn!)

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