If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that every once in a while I will post about my travels. Sometimes it’s an adventurous trip with activities like paddle boarding and kayaking in another country or sometimes it’s a simple flea market or antique shopping trip here in the states. This summer my husband and I went to Europe so I just wanted to share some of the things we did while first traveling to Barcelona and later to Monaco and Paris.
Visiting Barcelona in July is hot and humid… tolerable, but hot. We walked EVERYWHERE. We stayed at the Le Meridian Hotel in Barcelona off Las Ramblas, which is central to shopping, beautiful architecture, museums, and rich history.
Las Ramblas is about a three quarter mile stretch of shops and restaurants. If you walk to the end of Las Ramblas, you will end up at the Port of Barcelona. There you can see the Columbus Monument, see the water, and shop at the Mall of Spain.
At the other end of Las Ramblas you will end up at Placa De Catalunya where there is even more shopping and restaurants.
We walked through the narrow streets of El Gotic or Gothic area. There you’ll find beautiful street art, Placa De George Orwell, and the Barcelona Cathedral.
One of my favorite things to do was to go to the St Josep La Boqueria, a colorful farmers market filled with fresh and dried fruits and vegetables, meat, seafood, legumes, gelato, and candy.
One day we took a taxi and attempted to see Parc Guell, one of the major works of Gaudi. From what we saw it was beautiful, but we decided not to go in because the lines were so long. My advice is to purchase your ticket before you go. You can purchase it for a specific time without waiting in a long line. Instead, we walked around the outside and went inside the Gaudi House and museum.
We also saw the Sagrada Familia, a church designed by Antoni Gaudi. The construction started in 1878 and it is still being worked today! It is said that it will be finished in the first third of the 21st century.
My husband loves modern and contemporary art to we went to the Museum of Contemporary Art. This is us trying to look cool waiting to go inside. The website said they opened at 9am, however it didn’t open until 11am.
My favorite place to eat in Barcelona was by far Quimet Quimet where you can eat tapas and small sandwiches. It is located at Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes, 25 08004 Barcelona, Spain. The place is tiny, busy, but well worth the wait! Heads up… You have to be aggressive when you order because there is a lot going on in there, but the servers are friendly! I loved the salmon yoghurt honey truffle and the beef pate.
I absolutely LOVED Barcelona. It was a trip of a lifetime. Our next stop is Monaco, France! We used BlackLane a professional driver black car service that was absolutely fabulous. We used them to pick us up from the airport in France to drive us to Monaco.
Can’t wait to share our trip to Monaco! Until then!