Over the past ten days, my family, Matt and I have traveled all across Europe and have gotten just a taste of the rich history and culture this area of the world has to offer. Now I’m lucky enough to have visited many of these places prior to this trip, but we decided to kick off our trip with a location none of us had visited yet, Barcelona Spain.
To be honest, it was nothing like I expected. The city facade was much more modern and artistic than other medieval cities I’ve visited in the past. I really don’t know how to describe it but the city slightly reminded me of Austin! I mean, between a love of graffiti art to a booming night scene, this city was youthful, artistic and edgy in a nutshell. It was weird walking down Quaint historic cobblestones streets covered in the harsh sprays of graffiti, nonetheless, it made this city feel like a melting pot of old and new arts.
In terms of our trip, we traveled from New York by plane and arrived in Spain at 8:30 AM, allowing us to have a full weekend in Barcelona and plenty of time to enjoy Spanish culture prior to our cruise up the Mediterranean. Matt was a lifesaver as one week before leaving I had realized I never booked an Airbnb. We had been so overwhelmed with our recent move, which you can read about here, that this very small but important detail had slipped my mind. Luckily Matt found a wonderful hotel called, Meson Castilla Atiram, which fit both our budget and could accommodate seven people in two rooms, basically unheard of in Europe. All and all this hotel was a win guy, and I highly recommend it if you’re looking to be in the heart of historical Barcelona.
Basically, after checking in, we hit the ground running. After a quick nap or shall I say siesta, we were off on a food tour with Wanderbeak Tours. The tour was great and our tour guide was wonderful but in honor of being transparent Spanish food does nothing for me. I’m a big fan of bold tasting food, and the mild Spanish pallet and consistent use of potatoes weren’t all that exciting. I’d say I enjoyed the morning coffee and pastry runs more than anything else.
However even though I wasn’t keen on the food, the tour was the easiest way to get to know the city and learn about the history and culture from a native. The food tour lasted for about four hours and after getting a good feel for the city and nightlife we headed up to hit the hay.
The next day, however, was by far my favorite. With nothing planned but a trip to the Picasso Museum, we had the whole day to make our own. I purchased tickets for the Picasso Museum the night before so we didn’t have to wait and let me tell you, it was epic. Matt and my Dad aren’t museum lovers especially in the arts, so I was shocked when I looked at my watch and saw we had spent four hours in the gallery with no one complaining or leaving. I hadn’t done much research on Picasso prior to this trip, but I definitely want to learn more about him now! I was astonished how effortlessly he was able to rebrand himself and his art as the times changed.
After the gallery, we went out to lunch and walked to look at the great architecture of Spain. We spend the rest of the day, eating, wondering and exploring what Spain has to offer. All and all it was the ideal way to start our European adventure. In fact, it was so perfect we vlogged the whole thing. So, make sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel! We post new videos every Wednesday and Saturday, so subscribe to stay in the loop. xx Aubrey
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