It has been quite the stop-and-go organizing this week vacation with friends. Taking in consideration everyone’s agenda, everyone’s hopes and expectations, everyone’s past destinations… We talked about a lot of things, we made a million calls and emails to homes-for-rent, we lost some players along the way but in the end, we got it squared up: 5-days in Barcelona, 5 people sharing a 2-bedroom apartment right behind the Palau Güell.
I had visited Barcelona some 10 years ago… All I remembered was falling in love with the city and Gaudi‘s amazing designs. My initial brief for my vacation this year was simple: a different language, different food, different atmosphere from my current French daily life. It fit the bill.
There was 3 things I wanted to see while there: going back to the Parc Güell that I remembered as one of the highlight of my previous trip, visit the Sagrada Família that I didn’t get to walk in last time and make it to Montjuïc, which I didn’t see either. I found time to do 2 of those 3 things. I’ll have to go back for Montjuïc…
While I did the visiting part alone (my friends had seen most of it already), I spent a lot of time with them shopping the vibrant boutique scene of the Barri Gòtic, drink Sangria and eat Tapas, and overall, just hang and chat, and have some fun.
The visit of the Sagrada Família was an absolute amazement. It sounds like the place really evolved in the past few years and the interior is now finished. Gaudi’s organic design and the white immensity of the central nave vaults is simply breathtaking. Everyday in Barcelona had its share of adventures, encounters, and laughter. The perfect combination for successful vacations.