Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Barcelona was our last stop during the week in Spain. 

(So, that was a long time ago now...a few weeks of traveling in May threw a wrench in the blogging!) 

Barcelona definitely felt very different than Madrid and Alicante, which is understandable, considering Catalunya doesn't necessarily consider itself to be part of Spain.

When we arrived in Barcelona, it was absolutely pouring rain. This put a little damper (no pun intended...) on our plans to walk around and check things out. Luckily, after a nap, the rain let up a bit and we pulled out the map.

We started off on a Gaudí quest, which began with Park Guell. If Candyland became a non-edible real place, this might be it.

After Park Guell, we hoofed it down to the city to find other trippy Gaudí work, much to Ken's dismay...

Sagrada Família. This place had a whole lot going on! Crazy detail.

Casa Milà 

Casa Batlló

Illa de la Discòrdia - Casa Amatller (Puig) and Casa Batlló (Gaudí)

And the non-Gaudí adventures...

Our hotel was in el Barri Gòtic, a beautiful area.

Our friends Marcus and Frans were in Barcelona the same weekend, so we had a fun dinner together.

At the pub after dinner.

Hidden talent.

We also had dinner with our friends Robin and Trygve, who were visiting Barcelona as well (apparently it was the place to be!). I don't have a pic of the four of us, but we did get a good laugh out of this bottle of tonic, made by Coca-Cola. There's definitely not an "ø" in "Nordic", and Trygve (who's Norwegian) commented, "You Americans just love to use the 'ø'...you think it's so cute, don't you?"

And the Moment of Zen:

Finding an awesome beer bar, with lots of Rogue. Ken was here for a quite awhile. Then we bought some bottles to go, and enjoyed them in the hot tub on the roof of our hotel. Not too shabby!