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Saturday, 9 March 2013

Barcelona Day One

After travelling most of the afternoon and evening, me and my sister grabbed a quick Spanish ham sandwich and took a walk along La Rambla. It was then time to hit the sack so we could make the most of our first full day.

We woke up to a somewhat overcast and windy Barcelona. Not that we let it dampen our spirits. 

Our first stop was La Boquiera a huge food market on La Rambla where the colours are amazing. We picked up some fresh smoothies and fruit cups before trying to locate our way to our first attraction. It started to bucket it down so we popped into a café and I had the best coffee ever. Starbucks was put to shame (It's also very overpriced priced in Spain)!

La Sagrada Familia was stunning. The outside had so much detail and it's hard to imagine how long all the sculptures took. I can't believe it won't be done until about 2026, it will be huge! 

The inside was my favourite part and I would recommend going inside. The museum was good as it taught us about the architectural details and then we could see them put into place within the basilica. I really liked the stained glass windows and the roof. The inside is made to look like a forest, with huge columns being tree trunks and then arching over into branches. If it had been sunny I can imagine all the colours would light up the inside beautifully!

Casa Batllò was another stop on our first day. It was a house designed by Antoni Gaudi for the Batllò family on the Passeig de Gracia which is a road which has all the expensive shopping! This was my sisters favourite place. Everyone gets an audio guide which explains all the little details of each room. Each room is unique and no detail was left by chance; everything has a meaning even the door handles.

After a quick lunch of pizza, pasta and salad (very Spanish I know) we took a long walk around El Raval, one of the districts in the Old Town. We didn't know why most places were closed then I remembered we were in Spain and they have a siesta! 

We were spent from our day so had a quick power nap. We woke up to pouring rain so grabbed our umbrellas and legged it. We went to a tapas restaurant and had a few different things but I loved the patatas braves! After running down the alleys to find a bar a read about online I found Sugar Bar which had a happy hour all night so very cheap cocktails. Their blackberry mojitos were amazing! After a few in Sugar Bar we headed next door to Sub Rosa with some friends we made and then headed to a Shisha bar! It was about 2am before we headed back to the hotel! Let's just say my sister was very worse for wear!

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