We recently took a quick trip to Barcelona, Spain. It was supposed to be a much longer trip, as we had tickets booked on the Costa Concordia, but then, well, it kind of sunk. So we ended up using the tail end of our hotel reservations and plane tickets and spent 3 days just in Barcelona.
It’s been a dream of mine to visit Spain for as long as I can remember. I took 6 years of Spanish in middle/ high school. In addition to that, I love architecture and history, so visiting Spain was literally a dream come true. I wrote a bucket list when I was 19 years old and visiting Spain was #1 (out of a current 35, now 7 are checked off).
To be honest, the trip was a bit exhausting. I’m 5 months pregnant with my 4th child, and traveling with the little ones is never easy. However, we made sure to take lots of breaks, and work in lots of kid-friendly stuff as well. It probably didn’t help that we had some LONG days, beginning with getting up at 3am to catch our flight out.
Here are photos from Days 1 and 2 of our trip:
After we landed and took a 75 minute bus ride into the city, we walked a few blocks through the downtown area.
We had tickets for a 2 day hop-on-hop-off bus tour that would take us past all the major sites, so we hopped on that at the nearest stop.
We hopped off at Park Guell and let the kids play a bit at a playground, then we had lunch.
Then we headed to our hotel room for a much needed siesta! We did it Spanish-style during this trip, with naps every day. 🙂
The next morning, we walked a few blocks to the nearest hop-on-hop-off bus stop.
With a pit stop at a playground:
Our first hop off the bus on day 2 was at the beach and a snack break.
Then we hopped back on for a long trip through the rest of the city.
After lunch we had naps again, then we went back out into the city to visit the Egyptian Museum. We had recently learned about ancient Egypt in History class, so the big kids were extra excited to see real mummies and hieroglyphs. After leaving the museum, we had dinner and snapped this picture outside the restaurant (which was one of the meals I didn’t photograph — it was a lot like a Subway, but with more European french-bread type buns.)