Thursday, May 8, 2014

Last stop: Barcelona

With the end of the school year upon us, I've been incredibly busy and my last blog post about our Europe trip has fallen through the cracks!
But... better late than never, so here is my synopsis of the last stop during our Europe trip, one of my favorite cities in the world...beautiful Barcelona!

Barcelona is such a gorgeous city; surrounded by beaches and wonderful architecture, this is such a picturesque place with such an amazing vibe and hip life style.  Even though I have been to Barcelona before, this place never ceases to amaze me. The views are incredible and I found it to be the most "kid-friendly" place we visited this time around.

Of course our visit to Barcelona was made extra special since we got to stay with my dear cousin Renato and his fiancee Anastasia and I also got to see some of my friends who live in Barcelona. 
The kids really enjoyed their time in this Spanish city; they seemed to find a playground everywhere they looked so of course they thought this was the coolest place on earth. The food in Barcelona (and in all of Spain) is wonderful; you will find tastes you never thought existed and will most likely be delighted with everything you put in your mouth.. 

The weather around this time of the year is simply perfect too; not a cloud in the sky and the breeze is fresh all throughout the day; such a perfect season to travel!

Here are some of our pictures from Barcelona. 
Here I am at Parc G├╝ell, one of the most famous spots in Barcelona; the views from this place are breathtaking!



This wasn't there the last time I visited! This sign is near the Barcelona Cathedral, an amazing gothic style building, which can be visited at any time.  If you happen to go during mass time, you can enter for free! ;) 


This is Sagrada Familia, one of Gaudi's *unfinished* famous masterpieces; it is quite the sight to say the least...


Our visit coincided with the feast of Sant Jordi, a famous event in Barcelona which is the equivalent to our Valentine's Day.  I had never heard of this feast before but it was so nice to be part of this city-wide celebration, where women are gifted beautiful roses while men are gifted books.  The city was in a great celebratory mood all day and the streets were crowded with onlookers who were also enjoying the contagious party atmosphere.  What a great experience! :)


Here is the Barcelona Cathedral, where I attended mass in honor of my Grandma's 1st month of passing...it was a very special service!


And here are pictures with my friend Keily who lives in Barcelona with her family and my cousin Renato, who turned 31 while we were there.  We got to celebrate his birthday on the rooftop of his building and had a blast dancing and eating cake! We were so happy to be there with him on his special day!



All in all, our trip to Europe was an excellent experience; the girls did incredibly well and I got inspired to take them back whenever possible; they really enjoyed learning about different cultures, trying out different foods, walking around and getting to know new places.  We are so lucky to be able to travel around the world and to show the kids what these places are all about!

Happy blogging! :)

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