Barcelona – Day 2

"La Sagrada Famila" Barcelona, 2017
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“La Sagrada Famila” Barcelona, 2017

Hello! On to day 2 in Barcelona.

One of the major sights we wanted to see is La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s amazing cathedral which has been under construction for well over a hundred years and won’t be completed for another 10 or so. As I mentioned before, I don’t care too much for cathedrals and churches, but this one is truly awe-inspiring. It’s got a modern take, is colorful and the design is intruiguing. That being said, my interest is purely about the design and construction, since I am not religious. Still, there’s enough here for the non-believer to be inspired by the human will to achieve. Amazing.

"La Sagrada Familia" Barcelona, 2017
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“La Sagrada Familia” Barcelona, 2017
"La Sagrada Selfie" Barcelona, 2017
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“La Sagrada Selfie” Barcelona, 2017

Next up on the list was to do a bit of shopping – specifically to pick up a suitcase that we saw the night before so we could haul our loot back home. This included the food we would be buying from the Spanish supermarket, the paella pans, and non-breakable souvenirs. Plus our dirty laundy. I that gross to keep that with our canned goods? I wonder… oh well, too late now, right? 😛

"Barcelona Streets" Barcelona, 2017
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“Barcelona Streets” Barcelona, 2017

Anyways, we bought the suitcase, dropped it off at the hotel, and made our way to lunch, which was on the way to MACBA: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, or the Museum of Contemporary Art. For our third paella of the trip, we visited Paelleria. We learned that paella is not as crispy on the bottom as we always thought, but that it was moister. The first paella we got was moist and we thought it was odd. But after the second and third one, we figured that is the way it is supposed to be. Anyways, the paella at Paelleria was delicious, and we also had to order a few other tapas. And beer. And sangria. 🍺🍷

"Paella" Barcelona, 2017
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“Paella” Barcelona, 2017
"Salad Tapas" Barcelona, 2017
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“Salad Tapas” Barcelona, 2017

Next, it was on to the Museum of Contemporary Art. It’s housed in a beautiful building, and the exhibit on the first floor was photography-based which I enjoyed. The other exhibits, however, were too esoteric and I couldn’t find them interesting.

"Museum of Contemporary Art" Barcelona, 2017
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“Museum of Contemporary Art” Barcelona, 2017
"Relax Time" Barcelona, 2017
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“Relax Time” Barcelona, 2017
"Art Installation" Barcelona, 2017
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“Art Installation” Barcelona, 2017

After MACBA, we strolled to the nearby art supply store to check it out, then caught a taxi to Barceloneta Beach for another one the highlights of our trip: touching the Mediterranean Sea. I was so stoked to dip my feet in! The water was cool, but not too cold, and very clear even though it was a pretty crowded beach. Maybe it is silly, but walking barefoot in the waters was something I was looking forward to the whole trip! 🌊

"Mediterranean Waters" Barcelona, 2017
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“Mediterranean Waters” Barcelona, 2017

Near the beach were a lot of really nice-looking restaurants, and by this time, we were getting pretty hungry. We checked Yelp and found a restaurant that looked good, but when we got there, it didn’t seem like our kind of place. So, we tried a nearby restaurant which normally you need a reservation for, but we got lucky (and we were early) so we got a table. The menu at Somorrostro was pretty fancy seafood, and we took advantage of our last night in Barcelona to have a nice, upscale feast. We had skipjack with pistachio and sour cream, black rice with smoked sardine and rabbit, shrimp taco with spring onion and avocado, zucchini flowers stuffed with cheese, and octopus with potato and chorizo. Plus beer, cava, and water, of course! It was kind of funny, but lots of the agua that the kids ordered at the different tapas bars come in uniquely fancy bottles. Never saw the same glass water bottle twice!

"Cold One" Barcelona, 2017
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“Cold One” Barcelona, 2017
"Fancy Tapas" Barcelona, 2017
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“Fancy Tapas” Barcelona, 2017
"Pulpo" Barcelona, 2017
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“Pulpo” Barcelona, 2017

We were pretty tired after dinner, but of course we had to have our second dinner, and that would mean taking a taxi back to Tapa Tapa (thanks, Bay!) for drinks and tapas. 😄

"Refreshments" Barcelona, 2017
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“Refreshments” Barcelona, 2017

A relatively early return to the hotel so we could pack up, and then we called it a day!  Barcelona 🇪🇸

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