So I’ve realized that despite only spending a week in Barcelona, I’ve written 12 blog posts about our time there. Ummm oops. If you can’t tell, I really, really love this city. But since I can’t spend our entire trip writing about JUST Barcelona, I probably need to move on.
Here are a few bits and pieces that didn’t make it into one of the other posts.
There is a main drag that leads from the big Plaça de Catalunya all the way down to the beach (about 3/4 of a mile), called Las Ramblas. On this pedestrian walkway, you see it all. From street performers frozen like statues, to parakeets for sale, to flower booths, to souvenir shops. It’s always a frenzy of activity and great for people watching.
There is also a famous marketplace called the Boquería. You can find a huge variety of fresh food for sale here, including something they think are burritos (but as a Texan, I can tell you that these are not in any way actual burritos).
And the catch of the day, with creepy staring eyeballs.
And pretty much any dessert you can think of.
And fresh fruit juice. (With creepy staring eyeballs.)
The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is also worth stopping in (free on Sunday afternoons). Picasso spent his teenage years in Barcelona, and painted a lot of city scenes from the area. Plus, you get to see how his art changed throughout his life.
He painted this portrait when he was 14! Crazy.
And then he painted this when he was 76. It’s a study of Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez. (But obviously very Picasso-ized.)
He even had a little stint in pottery. Who knew?
I know that I wrote about a lot of Gaudí sites, but there are still plenty more! I personally think the three I wrote about (La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, and Parc Güell) are the must-sees. But walking by Casa Batlló at night when it’s all lit up is pretty cool too.
Oh! And one more heads up. Sometimes Barcelona tries to trick you into eating mayonnaise – so read your condiment packets carefully! #sneaky
Okay, okay. I’ll be done now.
And buona sera, Roma!
Updates about Rome are coming up next (including a much-awaited Dubsmash post). Stay tuned!