Jan 13, 2014

24 Hours in Barcelona: An Intro

By the time late October rolled around and Germany was in full swing of its typical dreary, cold fall days, the thought of hopping a flight to somewhere sunny only then to sail away to even more warm destinations was just what the doctor ordered. A little sun, some sight-seeing, and the promise of cava & manchego cheese was all I needed to know when deciding to book a fall getaway cruise embarking from Barcelona.

 The bustling Spanish mecca of Barcelona...a city D and I had yet to visit, but had been highlighted on our travel bucket list for some time...thrills me every time I think about it. Everyone we knew that had spent time in Barcelona said it was an absolute dream. Beautiful architecture, palm trees, quaint, colorful alleyways...not to mention gobs and gobs of tapas bars and overflowing pitchers of sangria around every turn. This food-loving girl's heart didn't stand a chance in Barcelona. We knew we were in for an experience of a lifetime. Before we left for our Spanish cruise, I spent hours combing the internet looking for the perfect Barcelona hotel, reading through the mounds of sight-seeing options, and mapping out our plan of attack for exploring one of Spain's most eclectic cities. The second we arrived at our beautiful apartment-style hotel in Barcelona's charming El Born district, I was hooked. Barcelona had stollen my heart and we had just 24 hours to explore all its best parts before sailing away on the Norwegian Spirit. You guys won't believe what I can do with just 24 hours. Stay tuned!





26 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful city to explore and looks like you got of the tourist track which is always the best move! Though there is an amazing food market just off la rambla with mounds of fresh produce...maybe a stop for next time you visit (if you didnt already!)

    Grace x
    theartofwandering.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I think you might be talking about the Boqueria Market? If so, we did stop there! I had a homemade empanada and quite a few fresh squeezed juices as an afternoon snack. Such a great market! :)

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  2. Nick and I really need to make it to Spain soon! These photos are gorgeous!

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  3. Those are some beautiful photos!! I'm hoping to one day make it out there so this is good stuff - which restaurant/food entry impressed you the most? Happy Monday Casey! -Iva

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  4. What I would give for 24 hours in Barcelona! My first stop would the Boqueria Market! :)

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    1. It wasn't our first stop...but we did make our way through the Boqueria market! I gorged myself on their fresh juices!

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  5. That last picture is a framer for sure. Blow that thing up! Can't wait to hear about Barcelona!

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  6. Love the pics, Barcelona is one of my most favorite places in the world!!!

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  7. Isn't Barcelona just the coolest city? I love Spain! Happy travelling :)
    Claire xx
    somewhere... beyond the sea

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    1. It absolutely is!! Such a great mix of history, art, and food!!! :)

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  8. As I scrolled through the photos I kept going wow...............

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  9. AH! I can't wait to read more about your day in Barcelona!! It is one of my all time favorite cities! Oh the Tapas! I need it in my life!!

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  10. I spent a short time in Barcelona before a cruise this past May, and it was wonderful! Your photos are beautiful :)

    Sweet Spontaneity

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    1. Fun! Sounds like you did exactly what we did. Even with such little time there, Barcelona became one of our favorite cities! Thanks, Sarah!

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  11. I loved Barcelona when I visited, but my favourite thing to go was go up to Montserrat! x

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  12. Ah the colours, the warmth, the food... *sigh*...

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  13. I love Barcelona! Gorgeous pictures

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    1. Thank you, Kari! We adore Barcelona, too! :)

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  14. Wow! That place is beautiful!! I'd love to go there one day.

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  15. Cava, sangria and Antonio Gaudi...heaven!

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  16. Hey girl! I friend and I are wanting to hit up Italy! We have both always wanted to go for different/various reasons. Any tips, suggestions, ideas?

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  17. Seriously, that first picture is a framer. You are never going to need to buy art for your house. Just frame your pictures or make some into canvases. So gorgeous.

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  19. Casey,

    I am a new reader on your blog! I stumbled upon it when looking for information about Air Force life in Germany (my husband and I may be making the same move later this year-- we will see!) I have found it very interesting and educational so far! While browsing, I found this Barcelona post! I lived in Barcelona for 7 months as part of a study abroad program in 2010-2011 and you guys accomplished lots of great stuff in 24 hours!! :) Your picture from Placa Reial is only a 5 min walk from the apartment I called home-- your gorgeous pictures make me miss it so much! If you and your hubby can tackle a majestic and wonderful city like Barcelona so well in only 24 hours, I can't wait to read what else you guys have accomplished in Europe! Looking forward to discovering more of your blog, and hopefully using it as a guide for our own European adventure!!! :)

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