My friend Megan (with whom I ran the Paris half marathon) finished her lectrice position in Lille last June and jetted south to sunny Spain, where she landed a great job at a French international school. Luckily for me, the Toussaint holidays were the perfect time for me to drop down for a visit.
Megan and I met on Friday in Barcelona (coincidentally, where I spent my first Toussaint holiday three years ago). We rented a great AirBnb and spent the weekend strolling down La Rambla market, indulging in tapas and sangria, and simply enjoying the ambiance that is Barcelona. It is such a fantastic city and I am glad I got to go back with a companion as well as a fresh pair of eyes.
Gaudí’s famous Sagrada Família
As I arrived a few hours before Megan, I first made my way to the Gaudí’s famous Sagrada Família. It really is a spectacular work of architecture. I recommend booking tickets online and downloading Rick Steve’s audioguide to save a few pennies (I also used my “student” ID when booking and was never asked to present it. Ah, the joys of looking young!)
Magic Fountain of Monjuïc
When night fell, we made our way over to the Magic Fountain of Monjuïc (Font Màgica de Montjuïc) just outside the Plaça d’Espanya in front of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. In autumn there is a free lights show on Fridays and Saturdays; it is a must-see! Bring a bottle (or two) of something, and kick back and enjoy the show.
On Saturday morning, we made our way down the famous La Rambla and worked our way through the market. There were so many fall-festive sweets and goodies!
Later that afternoon, we stumbled upon a huge wine festival in the middle of the Gothic Quarter. A little day drinking never hurt anyone, right?
Of course, the evening ended with sangria and tapas, as you would do in Spain.
Parc de la Ciutadella
On Sunday morning, I insisted on visiting my favorite park in Barcelona, Parc de la Ciutadella, if only to gawk at Gaudí masterpiece fountain and do some people watching (although I must say I did kind of envy the Yoga-ers.)
After a final stroll on the beach and lunch in the sun, we headed back to Megan’s current home of Zaragoza, where I spent three days lounging and wandering.
Have you ever been to Barcelona? Do you love it as much as I do?