The cruise ended in Barcelona, so my parents and I spent a few days there before going our separate ways — they would be flying home to Vancouver and I would begin my solo adventures in Europe. On our first day, we visited the Palau Güell designed by Antoni Gaudi and had paella for lunch on La Rambla. Afterwards, we wandered the Gothic Quarter and did a bit of shopping at Zara.
Started off the day with some more Gaudi… This time it was the Casa Battló. Then, we hopped on one of those hop-on/hop-off touristic buses and rode around on it for a bit. We got off and got on the funicular, which took us up to Montjuïc and the castle there. I highly recommend giving the castle a visit because it’s got some really amazing views of Barcelona. Our last stop of the day was, surprise surprise, another Gaudi-designed building. Casa Milà, or La Pedrera as it’s better known, was huge and it’s rooftop was my favourite out of all the Gaudi places we visited.
Got up a bit earlier to see the Sagrada Familia, but of course, we still had to line up to get in. After 15-20 minutes in the sunshine, we finally were able to purchase our tickets to get in and view Gaudi’s spectacular unfinished Roman Catholic church. The amount of detail in all parts of the church is absolutely mind-blowing. Everything about it was simply amazing. So worth visiting if you are ever in Barcelona! Our final Gaudi-related item our of list was Parc Güell, but as it’s quite large, we mainly saw the entrance gate area before heading off again. I ended up shopping at Zara and leaving with a blazer instead of the shorts that I wanted to get. Oops.
As a sort of farewell dinner since I would be leaving the next morning, my parents and I went to this cute place called La Pepita. The food was so delicious there! We ordered some tapas and got their signature dish, the “pepita,” which is a very thin slice of toasted bread with different toppings. So yummy! I will definitely be going back there if I ever visit Barcelona again.