I will start with big words. Barcelona was the first European city, that really impressed me. It was never on my bucket list of places to see. I knew there was pretty Barcelona and I always wanted to see these colourful buildings of Gaudi, but it was more like a random thought in my head, that it would be nice one day to visit Barcelona. We didn’t even plan that trip ourselves. If it wouldn’t be for our friend who decided, that Dublin, where she lived, is too rainy in March to organise a big birthday celebration, probably our flight to Spain would not have happened this year. But it did and we couldn’t be happier about it.
My personal highlight started the trip right at the airport, where we were told that we don’t have to worry and order a special taxi to travel with a baby. You can grab the first taxi, that is free and as long as it is big enough to put a pram in the boot, you take the baby on your lap and you are good to go. Easy. And exactly this word could describe our stay in Barcelona. Easy. We arrived at the hotel after midnight and we had a glass of wine in the lobby, while our son had his bottle. We slept in, had a delicious breakfast at Motel One and we strolled in the city a little bit like locals. Because we needed a few things for our baby boy and a present for our friend. And it was really cool. Just to be in the city, like you live there. And exactly in these places of daily living, we could feel happiness and chill everywhere we went. It was intoxicating. The warmth of the sun shining on your face and happy people around you. Spanish taxi drivers were also very nice. Only the drivers who weren’t from Spain sometimes happened to be slightly grumpy.
Or first real touristy activity was the bus tour around the city. Actually, it was my first bus tour of life. I was always a walking tourist, sometimes taking public transport. In general, I was never a big fan of tourist attractions, but I decided to give it a try. It was super windy! But still, the views and getting to know some information about the buildings and history of the city was fun. The little disappointment came with the Park Guell stop. Not because of the park itself, but because the stop was 20 minutes away from the park and the whole way was uphill. Just to give you a little picture. Pram, baby, sun in the face and uphill. Not our favourite combination, but nevertheless we made it and the park itself was absolutely beautiful and the view of the city was breathtaking. The famous area with vibrant Gaudi benches was being renovated, so one of many reasons why we definitely have to come back.
Another wonderful thing about Barcelona is the fact, that it is not only a lively, beautiful city, but it also has access to the sea and sandy beaches. So you can have the city experience and summer holidays at the seaside within half an hour walk. I love all the bays with sailing boats and sunsets at the seashore. We didn’t have time to enjoy everything that Barcelona has to offer to its fullest, so… we will be back.