A Good Ole Barcelona Stroll (+ La Sagrada Familia)

A Good Ole Barcelona Stroll (+ La Sagrada Familia)

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If you follow me on Instagram then you got the scoop – a few weeks ago Dan and I snuck off to the land of sunshine, SPAIN, for a week of sightseeing and sangria. Our first stop, Barcelona, did not disappoint. The city is easy to navigate, reasonable and packed to the brim with things to see, eat and do.

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After tasty and highly caloric pastries and coffee we made our way to La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s famous masterpiece that has been under construction since 1882 (!). You know the one – it looks like a drizzled sand castle. The most contemporary, beautiful and dreamy church I’ve ever visited, I felt as though I was dropped right inside a painting.Spain_0005

This is one of those places that’s too massive to capture. The size and height are simply staggering. I did my best to capture the smaller details but quickly resolved to just enjoy the experience and solitude.

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We opted to spend a few extra bucks to climb up, up, up the winding stairs of one of the towering pillars. We choose the pillar that housed the nativity facade for it’s perspective of the city. From the top the sweeping Barcelona views were lovely but being up close and personal with the ornate statues that coat the exterior ended up making it truly special.

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Then it appears that Dan and I made a deal and shook hands…?

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Beautiful, right?!

Afterwards we wandered the streets of our Airbnb neighborhood ‘El Born’ (definitely recommended as a place to stay in Barcelona by the way!) then headed to Santa Caterina Market for eats.

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Our favorite tapa? Patatas bravas- oven baked potatoes sliced with zesty seasonings and covered in sauce made of olive oil, red pepper, paprika, chili, and vinegar. Also yummy – anything seafood! Baby octopus and squid, I’ll take it!

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Lunch concluded with melt-in-your-mouth AND die-and-go-to-heaven chocolate delights from Bubo, recently voted as the best chocolate spot in Barcelona.

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Later that evening, while drinking wine on our little patio and let out a shriek, this little blog of mine reached 2,000 Bloglovin followers! Woohoo, welcome new friends and thank you to my older buddies for following along with my journey abroad! Although I feel a world away from the one that I know, I’ve found an amazing amount of comfort in documenting this crazy expat chapter and having all of you tagging along with me. Hugs, dear friends!

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P.S. Are you a Londoner? I’m heading your way next week! Let me know if you have any recommendations or would like to meet up! 😀 Tweet me @OverseasEscape

  • Barcelona looks incredible! And who doesn’t do deals at the top of a tower haha!! Hope you have a fantastic time in London and I can’t wait to see your gorgeous shots from the rest of you holiday in Spain 🙂

    • Thanks so much my dear! Have a lovely weekend!

  • Beautiful pictures! Barcelona is at the top of my travel list, I’ve only heard great things. And, patatas bravas are my favorite tapas I’ve tried, I wish I could get my hands on some now! I can’t wait to see posts about London 🙂

    • Ahh Grace! If I could ship you some papatas braves right now I swear I would… right after I have a few bites. It’s wrong how delicious those little plates are!

  • Have such a great time in London!! I’m dying of nostalgia and jealousy and can’t wait to read your posts about it!

    • Thanks so much my dear! I’m sure I will! Hugs!

  • I want to go to Barcelona so bad, for numerous reasons but two at the top of the list are because La Sagrada Familia has been on my bucket list for years and tapas are my favorite food! I love making a whole meal out of appetizers!

    • Ahh – seriously! I love the ‘sharing is caring’ philosophy that’s engrained in the tapas culture. They’re SO delicious but fun because it’s a social thing too. Sigh.

      Hope you get to Barcelona soon! I’d love to jump in your luggage!

  • Oh my goodness! That church is stunning! I’ve always wanted to go to Barcelona, and your pictures make it feel as if though I’m there with you! How scared were you of that winding staircase?!? I had a minor panic attack coming down the one in Notre Dame!

    Congrats on the 2,000 Bloglovin’ followers, and have fun in London! I can’t wait to see what adventures you get into there!

  • looks amaaazing! i really need to visit barcelona as soon as possible. 🙂
    xo, cheyenne

    • I hope you can too! Maybe Santa will bring you plane tickets?! (Today I watched a youtube video of a collaboration of footage from people getting puppies for Xmas and now I dream of gifting and receiving exotic over-the-top gifts… like plane tickets. Ha)

  • This was one of my favorite things I saw in Spain! I loved reliving it through your photos. So beautiful! Thank you SO much for sharing! 🙂

    • Gina, you’re the sweetest! Glad you enjoyed it! 😀

  • Sara Granados

    Ah! La Sagrada Familia was one of my favorite sites in Spain. And you’re totally right — the scale of it simply can’t be captured in pictures! So jealous you’re there right now!

    http://www.sara-says.com

    • Agreed – it’s a masterpiece, isn’t it? I honestly was rather hesitant about taking a tour of the inside but am so thankful that I did. (What was I thinking?!)

      • Sara Granados

        Jealous! I didn’t get the chance to go inside. I’ll definitely have to make it a point next time I’m in Barcelona!

  • Just finished going through our Spain itinerary yesterday for our trip in March and I cannot wait!!!

    • I can’t wait for your pictures! Ya’ll are going to have an amazing trip! If you can fit Nerja in the schedule you should!

      • I can’t wait!!! Won’t be able to fit Nerja in this time but maybe next time 🙂

  • Congrats on the BlogLovin milestone! Lovely photos 🙂

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  • Ooh, so pretty! I wasn’t following on Instagram, but now am!

    • Wonderful! Thanks for joining along! (And sorry for sounding cheesy about it..) 😀

  • I visited Barcelona in 2004 and this has me aching to go back! we didn’t go inside La Sagrada Famila, but we did visit Park Guell. and congrats on hitting 2,000! definitely shriek-worthy 🙂

    • Thanks, love! So we didn’t make it to Park Guell because the weather was surprisingly rainy. I’m trying to take the outlook of ‘well at least we have a reason to go back’ because I’ve heard it’s beautiful! I’m sure you loved it!

      Safe travels these next few weeks!

  • Wow! La Sagrada Familia is stunning. I love the details and the aerial views of the city. The desserts look amazing! Europe does dessert so well. Congratulations on 2000 followers!

    • Thanks so much Annie! You’re right, Europe does know desert – and beer – and wine for that matter! 😀

  • emi

    cutie! the food looks incredible. we loved barcelona earlier this year!!

    xo welltraveledwife.com

    • Isn’t it such a great city?! I sure loved it!

  • The slow pace

    That definition of the Sagrada Familia is the best!! Hahahaha!! I’m not a Londoner but I have to recommend you La Fromagerie in Moxton street. Go Friday or monday night for a truly special foodie experiece !!!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

    • Ohhh boy! Yep, it’s been noted – thanks so much dear!

  • Renuka Singh

    Gorgeous photos!

    • Thanks so much Renuka!

  • Ah yes, Barcelona is so picture perfect!!

    • agreed! high-five to barcelona!!

      (…end over-excitement)

  • Simply beautiful. I wish I were a Londoner!

    • me too! one day, right?

      ..or at least have the accents?

  • …O.K., if the Sagrada Familia is THAT gorgeous, I REALLY need to finally pay Barcelona a visit–I DO live in Spain, after all!!…

  • Suzanne Eggeling

    Congrats on reaching 2000 my darling…..simple brilliant!

    • thanks mommy!! 😀

  • Yay congratulations! I was just about to tweet you to see if you had time to hang out in London but I realised I’m super busy this week (I’m back at work already!) I hope you have a lovely time though. And Barcelona is really next on my list.

    • no worries dear! thanks for thinking of me though! 😀

  • Bailley Lewandowski

    Hello! What a wonderful trip! My husband and I are planning in visiting barcelona in May! Do you mind sharing which air bnb apartment you stayed in?? And stunning photos, as always!