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Friday, January 3, 2014

Considering that Barcelona is home to an expansive (and remarkably amiable) 5 million people, it's no wonder that we have achy limbs after 7 days of traipsing around the city. Going from Gaudi to El Gotic to grainy sand beaches is a lot of legwork - pun intended :) 

We won't bore you with a day-by-day itinerary, but we will say we've climbed into the culture as much as possible and been captivated by more than a few things...

1) Gaudi. We've made tracks to about every tidbit of his architecture possible-  La Sagrada de Familia, Parc Guell, etc. We even shelled out for a tour of his famed La Casa Batllo; it was like meandering through a piece of art. 

Batllo beauty

Amoeba-like Parc Guell

Mutt and mosaic

A bit of art in the Casa Batllo rooftop courtyard

La Sagrada Familia fabulousness

2) Spanish eating culture. It took us a few days to get used to coffee in the morning, an 11am bocadillo (sandwich), a 3pm lunch, 7pm tapas and a 9-10pm dinner. Okay, we probably ate more like Americans most of the time and did a lot of our own cooking, but we tried to adhere to the Spanish schedule. By the way, the markets here are mind-bendingly phenomenal!

Fruits and veg as far as the eye can see

Empanadas and patatas brava (and cerveza)

El fancy tapas

Ben got his Christmas present - an all-you-can-eat seafood feast

3) The weather. While our loved ones in MN and ND are being their valiant selves in -15 to -20 F temps, we have enjoyed the 50-60 F winter days of Spain. It's definitely made sightseeing pleasant. And when we took Jayda to the beach, she literally stretched out in the sand and refused to leave.

Montjuic Hill

Some of Barcelona's 4.2 kilometers of beach

Winter in Catalonia!

She LOVES sand and literally had to be pulled off the beach

So much more to talk about regarding this beautiful city, but, like Jayda says, it's time for a siesta.

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