August 8, 2016
Barcelona Photo Diary
Wee! Sorry for taking so much time to post these. Once I got back from Barcelona, I had to finish writing my research internship report (which I handed in only yesterday), and do some last minute shopping before heading to Beirut.
I loved everything about this city. It reminded me so much of Beirut because of its mediterranean weather and the tapas, which are very much like the Lebanese mezza. I stayed at my best friend's place in the Gothic quarter (thanks, India!); it was close to most of the tourist sites and the metro station which is very easy to use, so if you're planning on visiting Barcelona, I'd recommend finding a place in this area. If you're traveling by yourself, I can reassure you Barcelona is one of the friendliest cities in the world. The first two days, I visited a couple of places by myself, all on foot, while India was at work, and despite my poor Spanish and no Catalan, I managed to get by in the lovely Catalonian capital. More photos after the jump!
On my first day, I visited the Santa Maria del Pi church, walked the streets of the Gothic quarter, and visited the Picasso museum, before meeting my friend for an early dinner at Cuines Santa Caterina (try their paella!). We later headed towards the Arc de Triomf and visited the Parc de la Ciutadella before having drinks at Número 9 – very friendly people and incredible cocktails.
On the next day, being an avid football fan, I had to visit FC Barcelona's home stadium, the Camp Nou. Unfortunately, they had removed the grass from the field (probably to lay a new one). I went in the morning, around 10:30 AM, to avoid the crowds; it took a 35 minute metro ride to get there. Afterwords, I went back to the center of the city and visited Casa Batlló (from the outside), Casa Milà and finally, the Sagrada Familia before having delicious tapas for dinner at a local restaurant called Bar Resolis.
On the weekend, India and I visited the Montjuic Castle, before going down the Montjuïc hill to visit the Miró museum and finally reaching Plaça d'Espanya. We then made our way to the Park Güell, but unfortunately we weren't able to get tickets to visit the inside, so we just saw it from the outside. Finally we walked through Plaça Reial before heading to the beach, having tapas (again!) for lunch at Juanita LaLà and enjoying a piña colada on the Catwalk Club's rooftop.
Eating in Barcelona was quite cheap, but tourist site tickets were expensive. I'd recommend buying all your tickets online beforehand. That way you can skip the waiting line. Trust me, when you see the waiting line for the Sagrada Familia, you'll be very happy you did. Also, always check opening hours. The Spanish take their siesta very seriously and places tend to close from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. I hope you enjoyed the photos, and if you have any questions about my trip don't hesitate to ask them in the comments section!