I'm baaack. I spent two weeks of April enjoying Europe and discovered that two week vacations are the best. I immersed myself into each of the cities I visited and didn't worry about emails or getting to the gym. I saw friends and family and ate local dishes. I was able to enjoy Europe without a shoestring, study abroad budget. I seriously need to do this every year.First up, Barcelona. I have always wanted to see this city and it did not disappoint. I spent three days visiting Barcelona and I went there solo. It was the first time I'd ever taken a vacation on my own and I loved it. Plenty of time to pamper myself and do whatever I wanted. I'm a lucky girl.
On my flight in to Barcelona I could just make out the Sagrada Familia below. Can you see it down there?
I stayed at a beautiful hotel, Hotel Majestic. It was a little bit of a splurge but completely worth it. It was in a great part of the city right near the Gaudi sites and La Rambla. The rooms were beautiful with big marble bathtubs and chocolates on my pillow at night.
I picked up a face mask at Sephora before I left the States and HIGHLY recommend this for whenever you travel. After about 15 hours of travel, I put on this mask and it left my skin glowing. So I headed on out to explore the city.
Even the sidewalks in this city were special. I also loved my Tieks, but they took a little bit of breaking in.
My first night out in Barcelona a co-worker suggested I try Ciudad Condal. It was a happening spot on a Saturday night and I just barely grabbed a bar table. The waiter was very helpful and brought dish after dish of tasty tapas. I of course started off with Sangria. Plenty of people came over an introduced themselves to me while I ate. Quite a friendly city.
More to come from Barcelona and Spain!