Buenos Dias Barcelona

Back in February we bought last minute tickets to Barcelona and crossed our fingers for blue skies and sunshine. Neither of us had been before and we had no idea what to expect. We arrived late on a Friday night and promptly went to bed. Cheers to traveling with a toddler! We woke up on Saturday well-rested (relatively) and bright eyed – ready to discover the city.

Barcelona Owl

                                           El búho on the Avinguda Diagonal

We knew Barcelona had a beach, a big crazy unfinished church, sangria, paella, cava and tapas. Oh my Gaudí! We were blown away by the whole city. So much so that I can’t do our long weekend justice in just one post. So consider this part one! I’m saving all the Gaudí bits for part two.

Barcelona Arch

                                  Walking through Barcelona’s Arc de Triomf

While Paris might have a more well know Arc, Barcelona has really impressive one as well. And the rows of palm trees lining the Passeig de Lluís Companys could not have been a more welcome sight for these Londoners. The lovely pedestrian boulevard leads to the beautiful Parc de la Ciutadella. Which is where we discovered a large and very colorful Latin dance festival was taking place. I couldn’t help but stop and take a picture of this trio.

Barcelona Dancers

From the Parc we made our way down to the beach in search of paella and sangria. It was pretty touristy and most foodies would probably disapprove but we couldn’t help ourselves. So we grabbed at table at Xup Xup and indulged. The sun was so bright we actually felt hot – in February!

Paela Barcelona

                                   Paella and cava for mama. No coats or sweaters needed.

Barceloneta Boats

After our sunny lunch we walked along the boardwalk of La Barceloneta and enjoyed the sea.

Henry's first mediterranean

And we all touched the Mediterranean Sea for the first time. Hopefully not the last.

Henry headstand beach

                                                      Henry loves the sand

After the beach we headed back into the older medieval parts of Barcelona, El Born and the Barri Gòtic. We loved going from the bright sunny beach to the old narrow cobblestone streets in just a block or two. Barcelona really does have the best of both worlds.

Barcelona Catedral

                                                    Barcelona Catedral at Twilight

Barcelona Catedral Inside

                                              Inside the medieval Catedral

El Born Flags

                                             Colorful flags and laundry in El Born

Water Faces Barcelona_

                                            Old water fountains in El Born

But the best thing about visiting Barcelona with a toddler were all the playgrounds. You can find them everywhere, tucked away in little squares and along the boulevards.

Henry Playground Barcelona

We absolutely loved this city and I hope we get to go back again soon!

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