Travel Notes: Barcelona + Montserrat

I had a lot of fun blogging last summer’s travel adventures, so I figured it would also be fun to take a look back at some past trips. I’m starting with some notes on my 2010 France and Spain trip; this post is one of several in that series.

This was my first trip to Spain, and my main takeaway from it was: I want to go back. Now that I’ve seen many of the big touristy things, I’d love to go back and just hang out. Stroll around and admire well-dressed Spaniards. Eat a ridiculous amount of tapas (followed up with churros and chocolate for dessert). Take mid-afternoon naps and stay out super late, like the Spaniards do. People watch.

But since none of that is on my immediate horizon, I’ll content myself with looking back at pictures of my first trip and dreaming. Stop one: Barcelona. Here are some highlights:

I love big markets, so visiting La Boqueria was like heaven for me – total sensory overload. I wanted to photograph every single thing.

I loved the look of these drinks; they were so colorful and fun! We had to try one – incredibly delicious fresh juice.

We walked down Las Ramblas, stopped at La Boqueria, and then continued down to the port:

Some of my Spanish food favorites – first, churros + chocolate. Seriously, look how thick that chocolate is. Amazing.

And, of course, tapas (and a pitcher of sangria, naturally). We had to power nap in the afternoon to be able to do dinner at 11pm with the locals. I loved Barcelona at that time of night – everything was so lively in the evening, with groups of people out strolling, eating, and generally having a good time.

I don’t have any great shots of the entirety of Sagrada Familia (it’s permanently under construction, so even my full-building shots aren’t that pretty). But I did love all the little details of the church that I captured. It’s just as strange and beautiful as you’ve heard:

Another Gaudi site, Casa Mila. The top of this building is amazing – all the waves and tiling make it visually stunning.

Our third and final Gaudi site was Parc Guell. I loved all the colorful and fun touches:

On our last night in Barcelona, we walked to the beach and had some seaside sangria:

And our last dinner in Barcelona was by far our best meal of the trip. The most delicious fish ever (drowning in butter?) and a fantastic dessert – a chocolate cake thing-y with orange sauce.

We also took a daytrip to nearby Montserrat. The name literally means “serrated mountain,” and you can see why looking at pictures of the mountains surrounding the town. We also took a hike and saw some beautiful views:

And that was Barcelona (and Montserrat). Like I said, I’d love to go back. If only there were some law firms in Barcelona or Madrid hiring summer associates…

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