5 planes, 4 high speed trains, 5 days in a rental car & numerous metro/subway/funicular journeys on my 25 day NYC/Spain/France trip. I think my body is still adjusting from all the walking and stairs I did!
I arrived in Barcelona after an overnight flight … slept almost the whole flight … and had an easy ride from the airport to my apartment in the Gracia area. It’s a quaint area with multiple “squares”, with little cafes, children playing and people congregating after work. It was such a nice place, that felt safe, as I walked home each night after taking their amazing public transport system. (side note…I think I say this every time I come home from NYC & Europe…WTF, why do I have to get in my car to go anywhere in California…ugh!)
When in Barcelona, you have to do the obligatory Gaudi tourist sites … Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, & Park Güell … which were quite impressive, but, as I’ve said before, I just love wandering and discovering random beautiful architecture and hidden gems.
After all the tourist spots, and wandering, I have to mention the great food! My best evening in Barcelona was due to the recommendations I got from my Dublin friend, Gina. It started with a visit to McCarthy’s Bar (Gina’s friend, Liz, who I know, knows the owner). Irish bars never disappoint, and meeting the owner and his wife was great craic!! We called Liz while I was there and their hospitality was unmatched. The perfect start to a fun, delicious evening!
I walked up the road a bit for my Michelin Star meal at Caelis. I had reserved a spot at the kitchen bar, soooo, besides amazing food, I was treated to a culinary show that was spectacular. My reservation was at 8 and I assumed it would be a couple of hours. I didn’t get back to my apartment until 11:15.
Some other highlights of my trip, and things I’d recommend are … a meal at Ciutat Comtal, recommendation from my kids, who went years ago when they were in Barcelona (it’s been there a looong time, good food and so cheap!); a cool flea market Mercat del Encants just to browse/find some treasures; and Boqueria Market (a quintessential European market off Las Ramblas with an array of cheese/pastry/fresh fruit/empanadas/charcuterie vendors); and enjoying your market haul on the patio as the sun set. You will not go hungry in Barcelona!
Next up … Paris and the Loire Valley!
You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!