In addition to Paris, I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days in Barcelona. Aside from having a Zara on practically every block, another major highlight for me was being able to visit some of the beautiful historical sites in Barcelona. Below is a snapshot of our time in Barcelona!

~ Know Before You Go ~

Sundays in Barcelona – We learned the hard way that many shops, malls, some restaurants in Barcelona are closed on Sundays. For awhile, we were just walking aimlessly around town desperately trying to find something to do on our last full day in Barcelona…on a Sunday. We fortunately did find out there are still things you can do on a “lazy” Sunday in Barcelona:

– Museums {some museums offer free entrance on particular Sundays}

– Grocery Shopping

– Go to the beach

– Enjoy a few drinks on your hotel terrace

Seafood Paellas were my favorite dish in Barcelona

Seafood Paella

~ La Sagrada Familia ~

We visited the architecturally distinctive {and top visited attraction in Barcelona} – La Sagrada Familia. Largely designed by the late Antoni Gaudi from 1852-1926, the church visually reflects his unique artistic preference in combining neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau forms. Because La Sagrada Familia is unfinished and currently still in progress, there were unfortunately many scaffoldings when we visited. However, it was still a sight to see as I haven’t really seen this type of architecture elsewhere.

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia_Details

Sagrada Familia_Interior

Often confused with the Sagrada Familia, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia {or simply the Barcelona Cathedral} is another landmark I recommend visiting in Barcelona if you enjoy Gothic influenced architecture. Constructed around 15th century, the cathedral is dedicated to Eulalia of Barcelona, who according to Catholic tradition, was a young virgin who suffered martyrdom during the Roman times in the city. Her body is entombed in the cathedral’s crypt.

barcelona cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral_interior_1

barcelona cathedral_interior

Definitely take the time to stroll around the historical small streets of the Gothic Quarter {the Barcelona Cathedral is located in the Gothic Quarter as well}. Below are a few snapshots taken in the Gothic Quarter. Be on the lookout for gargoyles on the rooftop!

Gothic Quarter


~ Santa Agata Chapel ~

Santa Agata Chapel

~ City Hall ~

City Hall

We stayed at the charming Hotel Villa Emilia. We enjoyed their tasty olives and glasses of red wine at their lounge while we listened to some live jazz on our first night there.

Hotel Villa Emilia
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Villa Emilia

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