How are you guys?! I hope everyone is doing well and excited that it is finally FALL! Fall is my favorite time of the year along with Winter! Hopefully this year we get some cool weather especially since last year, it felt like we did not get any at all!
I am continuing the second part of my Europe trip! So the second stop of my trip was to the beautiful intriguing city of Barcelona!
So we woke up around 5 am, because our flight left at 7 am. And we left from Charles de Gaulle airport in France, we arrived to the airport went through security and waited to board our plane. As soon as we sat down in our seats, I passed out because I was exhausted. It only took about an hour to get from Paris to Barcelona, when we arrived there the first thing we did was find where our Airbnb was at. The transportation in Barcelona was not as confusing as Paris, but we were able to find our way around easier. The first thing I noticed about Barcelona, was that it was extremely humid, it literally felt like I was back in Houston. That was one thing and the second it seemed like it was a dirty city. So we arrived at our Airbnb, it was located in Poblé Sec. We dropped off our bags, because we were unable to check in until 3 pm. We decided to look for a place to eat brunch and we found this restaurant called Trópico, which had delicious homemade juices. After that we went to Las Ramblas which is a very popular tourist street that they have a sort of mercado and different little shops you can buy little trinkets and such from.
After that we went back to our Airbnb and met our hosts which was this older couple who were super nice! We ended up taking a nap for a couple hours, since we had to wake up earlier that day. After our nap, we woke up, and got ready because we were going to a CHAMPIONS LEAGUE game!!!!! A champions league game is a football (or soccer in the US) competition between the top-division European teams. So the two teams we went to go watch were F.C. Barcelona and Juventus F.C., we left the Airbnb and rode the bus to Camp Nou (the home stadium of FCB). And honestly the ride there was amazing because the ambience of everything was like nothing I had ever experienced before. The game was honestly one of the best things I had ever experienced in my whole life! That was one of the things I always wanted to do was watch Barcelona play live and I did. Everything was just so amazing!!!! And another thing is I got to see Leo Messi & Gerard Pique 😍. After the game we were hungry and started looking for some places to eat, originally we were gonna try to go eat somewhere close by where we stayed at. We ended up finding a restaurant that looked really popular and it was delicious! They sold tapas and beers, lol and the tapas were ON POINT to say the least! After that we just headed home and fell asleep.
We woke up this morning around 10 am, because we were extremely tired from the night before and we decided to go get brunch at this place called Brunch & Cake which is really popular. I ended up having this bagel with eggs and mac n’ cheese in it with a delicious fruit smoothie, and Jose had a some nachos and a fruit smoothie as well!
After brunch we went to go see La Sagrada Familia which is a really famous Basilica in Barcelona, that was designed by Antoni Gaudi. It is famous because it has remained unfinished for over a hundred years now. So this is a really beautiful church from the outside, we were not able to go inside because you had to buy tickets in advance. If we tried to buy tickets at that time we would not be able to go in until 5 pm, which I did not want to wait that long.
After going there we went to Park Güell, which is a famous park that has gardens and a bunch of different architectures. And another reason it is famous is because it was also designed by Antoni Gaudi, it is also one of his major works. When we got there we ended up finding out we had to also get tickets in advance to be able to go in, if we bought tickets then we would not be able to go in until 6. So we ended up walking around the gardens and seeing everything.
It was extremely hot that day and around the time we were leaving I started getting a migraine, I wanted to go to the beach so Jose and I took a bus back and went to one of the beaches. We sat down watched the waves and had a beer, but we were only there for about an hour, because I could not handle the pain from my migraine. I was pretty upset, because I really wanted to enjoy that day but it was ruined by my migraine.
After the beach we went back home and I fell asleep until around 9 pm, we left the beach at around 6. When I woke up we went to dinner nearby, which was at this restaurant that served delicious pizza, Then we went back home took a shower and fell asleep.
This day was our last full day in Europe, we woke up, packed our bags and left for the airport to go back to Paris (it was a bit too expensive to fly out of Barcelona, that’s why we flew back to Paris, to go home from there). We took the metro to Las Ramblas to get some las minute souvenirs. And from there we caught the bus to take to the airport. When we arrived to the airport we made just in time to catch our flight.
After arriving to Paris we took the RER which is a metro system to get into the city, since the airport was out of the city, and we arrived back to our Airbnb. We dropped off our bags and decided to go souvenir shopping for our family. We went to a little perfume shop where we bought a gift for Jose’s aunt, and one for myself. After that we went to Ladurée for macaroons to take home, and Jose went to go look for some candy for his sister and himself. When Jose arrived back we went to dinner at this little cute Mexican restaurant, which they had delicious tacos. And the best part was that the owner of that restaurant is from Mexico City!!! Which I thought was amazing, and the guy who took our orders spoke three different languages (Spanish, French, & English) which I thought was really cool. After dinner we went back to our apartment and started packing, because unfortunately we were leaving the next day. ☹️
Overall, besides my migraine I had an amazing time in Europe! The best part was that I was able to go with someone I love so much! Honestly, I was scared at first because of everything that was happening but I told myself when would I be able to go again! The whole trip was totally worth it though, we had an amazing time and we are planning to go again soon!
It was one of the best trips I have ever taken in my life!
What places have YOU been to in Europe? Let me know. I would totally like to get some suggestions on where our next trip will be!
Besos, Kim ❤️