|Rachel, AJ, Stef & Dominic|
Churros con Chocolat is a lovely Spanish treat. We highly recommend it to anyone who visits.
Churros, if you don't know, are a fried dough-donut like pastry. You also get a teacup full of a thick warm chocolate-y mixture, it is thicker than hot chocolate but not as thick as pudding. A churro dipped in warm chocolate is just pure heaven. This was definitely a good attending-a-museum-without-complaining reward!
La Sagrada Familia was first on our list for the next day.
|La Sagrada Ceiling|
|Leading to altar|
|Placa de Catalunya (not the Canaletes Fountain!)|
make sure they return to Barcelona someday. Dominic and AJ didn't, but Dominic has already been back with school so it worked out for him anyway! We ate dinner at a restaurant on Las Ramblas and watched tourists and locals navigate the rain and visit the fountain.
|The fountain is in back of the kids!|
Our next day featured the Fat Tire Bike Tour.
|AJ, Dominic, Rachel, Stefanie|
The bike tour was fabulous, the weather had dramatically improved and we pedaled around the city visiting historial landmarks, the beach, La Sagrada again, Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona Cathedral and more. The bike tours are run by a bunch of young adults (kids!) out of college and they are very entertaining and appealing to teenagers. It was great fun and allowed us to see so much of the city.
La Boqueria on Las Ramblas was our next stop. We sent the kids off into this fun open market to find snacks while Steve and I re-hydrated with Sangria. A win for everyone.
|AJ and Christopher Columbus|
money into their hats and watch them perform. AJ especially had some fun interactions!
Dinner that night was traditional tapas. We had already tried this with the kids and they loved it. It is fun to order a bunch of little dishes and try things and make a meal out of it. The kids didn't love the pace of a little at a time though. They would have preferred everything together but somehow they managed to survive. Patatas Bravas is a family favorite.
Our last day in Barcelona was spent exploring more Guadi sights. We visited Parc Guell and La Perdera. Parc Guell was incredibly busy, probably because it was the first truly sunny day. We all enjoyed exploring the park and checking out the different Gaudi designs. It was fun watching the performing artists at work too.
We made our way to La Perdera, a Gaudi designed apartment building. It has an incredibly cool rooftop. We spent quite a bit of time up there viewing the different sculptures, checking out the view and imagining living there. We also walked through the museum and toured an apartment styled in Gaudi's era. Fun stuff to see.
|Stefanie, Rachel, Dominic & AJ|
|Dominic, Rachel, Stefanie & AJ|
|Half Rachel (Stefanie's idea)|
|AJ full body buried|
|Rachel buried standing up!|
Stefanie and AJ had a goofy photo session with Steve at the harbor.
We even managed to capture Steve on the other side of the camera more than once!
We also explored the little town and ate at lovely little restaurants. One night we ate at the local sports bar and watched the FC Barcelona "football" match with the locals. That was a fun atmosphere to absorb.
Overall it was an excellent trip. We (me) are learning to travel with teenagers and build downtime into our plans and everyone else is learning to appreciate some of the more touristy things I insist we do in a big city. This was of course easier for them this time knowing the beach was coming at the end of the trip!