Barcelona… Day 1
We arrived in Barcelona on Sunday morning around 11ish. Our driver picked us up and off we went to our apartment. When we were checking out apartments to stay in, I remember the one we picked out as being small, but cute. And it had a balcony that overlooked Las Ramblas to boot.
However, when we walked in- after I hauled my 60 lbs luggage up the stairs all the while juggling a backpack and purse and then hopping on a one person elevator that looked like it could die at any second- I looked around and thought it looked more like a Motel 6 than a pied e terre. Oh well, it’s not like we spend much time in there anyways.
After we unpacked, the rest of our day was pretty relaxing. We took the metro to the beach where it was a feast for our eyes. Seriously, these Europeans don’t hold back and have no shame when it comes to their swimwear or lack thereof. We spent most of the afternoon there then headed back towards our apartment for dinner.
For dinner we were able to sit right in the middle of Las Ramblas at a little café and not only enjoy our food but just people watch. Ryan had the paella carne while I had a margherita pizza as well as some sangria. Question- why have I not been drinking this stuff already? It’s fantastic!! We even had a street performer painted entirely in bronze and was dressed as a cowboy right in front of us. People would throw a few coins in his bucket and he’d do a little jig for them.
After dinner, it was gelato time where Ryan had his first gelato experience. I think he was rather pleased to say that least. Anytime I think of my high school trip to Europe the one stand-out is always the gelato (I know, pretty sad but true- I basically lived on it). This stuff is just so creamy, and full of flavor! Now, that I’m back in Europe there’s always a reason to stop and get a scoop, or 2 or 3
Once we had the gelato we strolled down Las Ramblas and took it all in. There are street performers everywhere, flower stands, little shops, men making these buzzing noises (and trying to sell the thing they put in their mouth to make that noise) and people all around. This is Barcelona and I couldn’t wait for Day 2.