Our third lovely day in Barcelona started off with a little breakfast at this sweet Boulangerie. We loved these little corner pastry and bread shops and stopped in often.
We ordered a quiche…
…and a sinfully delicious pastry to share. Normally I would cringe at the thought of such a buttery, chocolaty, indulgent breakfast, but something about the charm of this city wiped clear my conscience and I enjoyed every little morsel. Isn’t that how it’s supposed to be on vacation in another culture? All bets are off when it comes to experiencing something new, right?
After breakfast, we strolled over to this work of art, La Sagrada Familia. This Roman Catholic church is nestled in the middle of the busy streets of Barcelona. Construction on it began in 1886 under the instruction of a famous architect, Antoni Gaudi. Construction is expected to go on until 2026. It was incredible!
The opposite side, where we entered.
Close up of the front entrance
and the inside
there is something novel to me about this incredible church with equipment and workmen filling the inside
Next up was a trek to the Mediterranean. The beach was beautiful as was the water. Not having worn our swimsuits, we marveled at the scenery for a few minutes, then moved on to get some pizza! We were starved!
My little vegetarian eyes lit up as soon as they spotted the sign reading “vegetarian pizza,” but this pie left something many things to be desired. I think it had been sitting out a little longer than I’d like to imagine. Regardless, we ate most of it in an effort to tame our hunger and then headed back toward our hotel for some pool time.
Along the way we enjoyed the endless quaintness of the Spanish architecture…
and somehow couldn’t resist joining in on some good ole’ fashioned tourist fun:) While Jon and I typically shy away from overtly touristy attractions, I couldn’t stay away from the fruit man! Who could?
We denied our itch to keep exploring the city, surrendering instead to the luxurious rooftop pool of our hotel. I think this was the most relaxing part of the entire trip for me.
After lounging at the pool, we were off again. This time to an area of town which features more work of Gaudi. Among the quaint, Spanish buildings lining the streets, you’ll find random modern architecture mixed in. These buildings were insane and interesting to say the least.
Not modern, yet too beautiful to be left uncaptured.
Stopping at this Croissantery to get a bite to tide us over until dinner. The Spanish way – a big baguette!
And a couple of hours later…time to eat again!
Sangria to start with…obvs.
Next, a dish found on many a Spanish menu – Patatas Bravas. Aka fried potatoes. With spicy sauce of course. Delish.
And for our main dish, an entree that is seemingly quite popular on the streets of Barcelona – vegetable Paella. I still can’t pronounce it. It was really very tasty. It basically consisted of rice, and vegetables, sauteed in a savory sauce served in a skillet. Nothing to get too worked up over, but pretty good nonetheless.
To end our last night in Spain, we were lucky enough to stumble upon this light show that was going on at the National Museum. There were droves of people there, and for good reason. It was beautiful and entertaining to say the least. The perfect, romantic evening to end our days in Espanya.
This fountain “danced” and lit up in an array of colors in beat with music that played out over the city.
Next stop: the City of Lights.