Flamenco and tapas and Gaudi, oh my!

Barcelona
Barcelona
Barcelona Catherdral
Barcelona Catherdral
Barcelona Catherdral
Barcelona Catherdral
La Boqueria Market, Barcelona
La Boqueria Market, Barcelona
La Boqueria Market, Barcelona
La Boqueria Market, Barcelona
Churros y chocolate! Barcleona
Churros y chocolate! Barcleona
Barcelona
Barcelona
Barcelona
Barcelona
Barcelona
Barcelona

Making the most of a long weekend, the kids and I headed to Barcelona for a bit of exploring.  Traveling with two teens meant that most churches, museums, and tourist sites were off the to-do list.  Instead, we spent time strolling though the neighborhoods, searching for good food, and absorbing the sunshine.  I am not sure what came first, the sun-drenched colors of Barcelona inspiring Gaudi, or Gaudi and his imagination spurring on the explosion of colors in Barcelona, but one thing is for sure, Barcelona is vibrant in color and spirit.  From the markets to the mosaics, everything is alive.  Our favorite area was the Gothic Quarter, where you could find blue haired old ladies along side tattooed skateboarders.   We managed to eat our way through the neighborhood, indulging on Churros y Chocolate, grilled ham sandwiches, and Venezuelan arapas.  Each narrow passage brought another hip store or a new eating possibility.  My only regret was I couldn’t eat more!

Here are a few places we tried and I highly recommend:

  • Churros: Xurreria Dels Banys Nous; Carrer dels Banys Nous 8, Barcelona
  • Arepas: La Taguara Areperia; Carrer del Rec, 10, 08003 Barcelona
  • Sandwiches: Conesa; Barri Gòtic, Llibreteria 1(Plaça Sant Jaume) , 08002 BARCELONA