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  • Day15

    Day 14 - Barcelona - Last Day in Spain!

    September 23, 2017 in Spain

    Our last day in Spain started with an unsuccessful search for the perfect breakfast! Then we relaxed for a couple of hours on the beach near our Airbnb before venturing out for a good lunch and our favorite beach. For lunch, we had a delicious green salad, shrimp in garlic sauce, and mussels in marinara sauce. Then we continued the long walk down the boardwalk to our favorite soft sandy beach. On the walk back, we decided to stop in and watch the Mountain Dew street skateboarding competition. Then, after a little rest and showers, we headed off into the crazy busy part of Barcelona for dinner. The end of summer festivities are going on this weekend and things are a bit crazy - parades, drum circles, and fireworks all over. We ended up going to a delicious ramen restaurant for dinner - not quite the typical Spanish meal for our last dinner in the country, but it was so good! We walked back and enjoyed a bit of the festivities before returning home. We fly to Venice tomorrow afternoon!Read more

  • Day25


    March 16 in Spain

    Als ich heute am Geburtstagsmorgen in unserem Hotel in den Frühstücksraum kam, nachdem ich fünf Minuten später herunterkommen sollte, erwartete mich eine riesengroße Überraschung, die Thomas für mich organisiert hatte. Unsere drei Söhne saßen dort und warteten auf mich. Ich konnte es für einen Moment gar nicht fassen, völlig aufgelöst war meine erste Frage überflüssigerweise "Wie kommt ihr denn hierher?" Leider konnte die Freundin eines der Söhne krankheitsbedingt nicht kommen, sehr sehr schade.
    Wir verbringen nun 3 Tage zusammen. Unser Plan für heute ist der Besuch der Sagrada Familia und des Park Güell.
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  • Day27

    "Fußball ist unsere Religion und Messi unser Gott!" - diese Aussage stammt von unserer stolzen catalanischen Reiseleiterin vom Tag zwei hier in Barcelona. Heute spielt der FC Barcelona gegen Bilbao und wir haben Karten für dieses Spiel im weltbekannten Stadion 'Camp Nou'. Tausende strömen mit uns mit Hilfe der Metro ins Stadion, heute sind es 84.000, also ist dieses Stadion mit Kapazitäten von 99.000 Sitzplätzen nicht ganz ausgebucht. Wir sitzen im Oberrang und haben herrliche Plätze in der Sonne und einen grandiosen Blick auf das Spiel. Die Stimmung ist anders als in deutschen Stadien, es kommt durchaus vor, dass das Stadion völlig ruhig ist, wenn das Spiel um die Mittellinie herum plätschert und nichts passiert. Aber wehe dem Messi ist am Ball und zeigt sein fußballerisches Ausnahmetalent und schießt sogar das 2:0 zum Endstand!! Dann kocht die spanische Seele und alle huldigen dem Wunderfußballer Meeeeesssssiiiiiii.
    Nach dem Spiel ist Ausnahmezustand auf den Straßen der Stadt, wenn über 80.000 Menschen das mitten in der Stadt gelegene Stadion verlassen.
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  • Day18

    A mere glimpse of Barcalona

    July 15, 2017 in Spain

    Today was challenging. We set our alarms for 6am as we needed to be on a train at 8:06. Everyone woke up cranky and tired after a VERY late night thanks to one of our children... We ate some cornflakes (and Sammy's tooth fell out as he was still too asleep to eat carefully) and made it to the station with 15 minutes to spare! That has to be some sort of record for Tom aka Mr last minute. His motto in life is; if you're there five minutes early that's five minutes wasted, or for flights; if they aren't calling your name over the loudspeaker then you aren't late. (Grrr)
    We found our first class seats and Samuel made a comment about how much he loved first class and how we should always travel first class. Apparently when Tom booked them there wasn't much of a price difference between first and second.

    We decided that train travel was the way to go, so much less stress that flying; no security, baggage checks, take off and landings, waiting for bags at the other end, passport control. And it is so scenic! We admired sun flower fields, hay bales and remarked on the different landscape as we traveled closer to Spain. Well Tom and I did, and poked the children who were fixated on their iPads.

    Our first impression of Barcalona was the heat, very warm and humid with a haze to the sky. We opted for a taxi to transport all our luggage to our accommodation which turned out to be an expensive 4km.
    There was no conceirge at the accommodation, only a sign informing us to go to a different location to pick up the keys. We decided that Tom would leave me with the kids and luggage and walk alone- a much faster option. Before leaving he said "if I'm not back in half an hour, panic." Silly Tom, as soon as he said this Sammy started panicking. Every five minutes Sammy would fret. I tried to assure him that daddy is always late, and that I wouldn't panic until daddy was over an hour late, but it didn't help things that at the half an hour mark Tom was nowhere in sight.
    I began wondering what I would actually do if Tom didn't reappear. I had no way of calling anyone. Anyway I didn't need to worry, Tom was back at the 45 minute mark, and relayed the strict hotel instructions; we were not to enter before 1pm or we would be fined, we could not hang anything over the balcony or we would be fined 350 euros, we could not have parties or we would be fined.
    As we were leaving to find some lunch another family arrived with the same confusion regarding check in, and Tom broke the news of the long journey to the concierge.
    I went for a short walk up the street to look for food. I found a market with raw meat, and the chickens and rabbits still had their heads on, their little eyes were terrified!
    We bought some croissants, one with jamom, some bread with sugar on it(?) a doughnut and what I thought was an apple turnover but ended up being pure pastry!
    After eating it was 1pm so we entered our room which had literally just been cleaned, the floor was still wet. But it was lovely and spacious, two bedrooms, lounge/dining/kitchen area and two bathrooms. We ha been in much smaller rooms so we were all pleased to spread out, and the kids were so excited to have their own beds!

    We set out to experience Barcelona, making our way first to their massive Sagrada Familia Basilica. There are no words to describe such a monstrosity, except gaudy; a not so funny coincidences that the architect responsible for it was named Gaudi! It pollutes ones view of the sky with its towering concrete turrets that have coloured baubles atop. Every facade is different, there is no harmony of design or even colour (and they say I'm not arty). It's gothic architecture at its worst.
    We decided to walk the perimeter (after stopping for the mandatory play in the park) but it was so big and ugly we ended up in souvenir shops but were disgusted with their prices.

    We caught the metro to the coast. Everyone was tired, most of us were holding it together but the littlest one was not. We bribed her with gelato which worked initially, but after the gelato, which wasn't even good, she went crazy. There were tantrums, screaming, stomping and general hysteria. Tom and I pretended not to know her at one point, with Sammy and I walking away (more for fear that I would start crying too!)
    Threats were made and she calmed down. She even walked for the next half an hour, silently with a stiff lip. She can be so determined when she wants to be.

    This next part of the day was my favourite. We walked aimlessly through alleys that led to vast openings and grand buildings. We commented on smells, mostly bad and noticed little things like patterns in sandstone, the bumpy paths so iconically European. We saw a wedding party and the photographer was using a drone to capture the memories, and we tried more gelato which was equally as bad as the first.

    We were hot, tired and ready to go back to the hotel when we stumbled upon the greatest find of all; some produce markets. These were mesmerising, fruits boasting vivid colours, nuts in abundance and giant fish and prawns. But the items that caught our interest were the meats and cheese. We bought paper cones filed with jamom, cheese and chirizo, all lukewarm and slightly sweating in the sun, but delicious. Unfortunately even the kids liked them- less for me. We also bought some chopped up fruit for the kids and reluctantly left via the back door. This opened up to a piazza that had people preparing to make a human pyramid! We wanted to stay but they were nowhere near ready and both children were complaining. We caught the metro back to our room, showered the kids and gave them their fruit. This refreshed them enough to happily walk to find dinner.

    We had planned for an early night but once again this was not to be. We walked for a long time in search of pallela and tapas, but most restaurants only had tapas. I was about to snap (maybe that's where Adalia gets it from?!) when the road opened into a piazza with restaurants and one had pallela!
    Tapas, pallela and a mojito, does it get much better? Even the kids who had been chanting "chips! Chips!" to the waiter, were happy with our selection. (Adalia wanted a mojito and growled at the injustice of the world that she wasn't 18, but I couldn't really blame her, it did look good).
    Tom had promised more gelato, but I had to be bad cop and over rule. It was 9:30pm! They needed to be asleep, not hyped up on sugar. Tom was shocked at the time as it was still sunny, and quickly agreed.
    Thankfully, all our walking to find a restaurant had been in a circle and we were a very short walk from our hotel, so the children were quickly in bed and asleep before the sun had set.
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  • Day13

    Day 12 - Barcelona - Best Day Ever!!

    September 21, 2017 in Spain

    What a great day! We slept in after a late night of travel (and three jam-packed and amazing, but exhausting, days in Granada). Then we worked out, did some much needed laundry, and went out for a delicious breakfast of avocado and strawberry toast with fresh orange juice! Next, we relaxed on the beach for hours and then walked a couple of miles down the boardwalk, grabbing an amazing lunch on the sand - grilled mussels, eggplant tempura, sea bass with salad, chocolate mousse, and espresso. We walked some more, swam for awhile in the Balearic Sea (!!), and headed back to our awesome Airbnb for a warm shower and some rest.

    We headed out to a local restaurant, recommended by our host, for dinner. As we waited outside for our table, several people on balconies on the street, and all of the surrounding streets, began banging on pots and pans in protest of the Spanish government's suppression of the Catalonian region's vote for sovereignty. We have been witnessing these protests since our arrival in Madrid two weeks ago.

    The small local hole-in-the-wall restaurant that our host recommended ended up specializing in fried fish. We split a small meal (fried fish and peppers) and then went to grab second dinner...the burger than Tim has been craving for about a week. Now I need to sit up in a chair and read and digest for about an hour before I can sleep!!
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  • Day14

    Day 13 - Barcelona - Gaudi

    September 22, 2017 in Spain

    We walked A LOT today!! After a yummy breakfast, we first walked about 2.5 miles to Gaudi's magnificent Sagrada Familia cathedral. Unfortunately, there was a lottery going on this weekend only for free tickets, so the purchased tickets were limited and are sold out until we leave Barcelona!! So, we only got to check out the outside, which is amazing on its own. Next, we walked another 2 miles to Gaudi's crazy Park Guell (eating Chinese food on the way!). By the time we got to the top of the mountain at the park, we were completely exhausted. We took a cab back for an early evening siesta. After we woke up, we went to yet another amazing tapas dinner. Then we walked it off on the boardwalk (with a short attempt at joining in on some salsa dancing) and through a small carnival set up for this weekend's end of summer festival.

    Tomorrow - more beach time!!
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  • Day26


    March 17 in Spain

    Mit der roten Hafenseilbahn (Teleférico del puerto) fahren wir spektakulär mit großartigem Blick über die Stadt und den Hafen vom Hang des Montjuïc bis nach Barceloneta. In diesem Viertel der Stadt wohnten früher hauptsächlich Fischer und Fabrikarbeiter, erst 1749 ersetzte man die ärmlichen Baracken durch Steinhäuser, die immer mehr in die Höhe wuchsen und damit enge Häuserschluchten bildeten. Die Kriminalität war hoch und lange war dieses Viertel eine No-Go-Area. Die olympischen Spiele von 1992 änderten vieles in Barceloneta: Häuser und Straßen wurden renoviert, eine breite Strandpromenade geschaffen, wo sich heute viele Fischrestaurants befinden. Die breiten Strände laden zum Verweilen ein, sogar bei nur 15 Grad heute tummeln sich hier viele Menschen. Wir suchen eine Tapas Bar und stärken uns erst einmal.Read more

  • Day25

    La Sagrada Familia

    March 16 in Spain

    Wieder ein Meisterwerk von Antoni Gaudí! 1883 erhielt er den Auftrag, den begonnenen Bau der Kirche zu übernehmen. 43 Jahre und davon die letzten 10 Jahre ausschließlich widmete er seine Kunst und Schaffenskraft diesem Gebäude, dessen Fertigstellung der bei einem Straßenbahnunfall 1926 tödlich verletzte Gaudí nicht erleben durfte. Nach heutigem Zeitplan soll die monumentale Kathedrale 2026 fertiggestellt sein.
    Uns beeindruckt die enorme Höhe und Ausgestaltung der Säulen im Innenraum, die kunstvoll gearbeiteten Fenster, die Sonnenlicht in blau-grün Tönen (Sonnenaufgang) und gelb-rot Tönen (Sonnenuntergang) erstrahlen lassen.
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  • Day25

    Park Güell

    March 16 in Spain

    Nach einem sehr leckeren Tapas Mittagessen in "Terra Mia", einem sehr zu empfehlenden Restaurant in der Nähe des Park Güell, wollen wir den Park erkunden. Der Park war eine Auftragsarbeit des Industriellen Eusebi Güell an Antoni Gaudí für eine Gartenstadt mit 60 Villen. Letztendlich wurden es auf dem hügeligen Terrain aber nur drei Villen: Wohnhaus für die Familie Güell, eines für Gaudí und eines für einen befreundeten Architekten. Gaudí arbeitete mit Terrassen, um nicht unnötig viel Erdbewegungen durchzuführen, für Mosaike verwendete er Abfälle von Keramikfabriken. Es war eine teuere Bauweise, da alles Handarbeit war. Der zentrale Teil ist seit 1984 UNESCO Weltkulturerbe ist nun von der Anzahl der Besucher gleichzeitig auf 400 limitiert. Das bedeutet, dass man sich für eine Uhrzeit online anmelden muss. Wir hätten über 2 Stunden warten müssen, um mit Eintrittskarten den zentralen Teil besuchen zu können. So bleiben wir Zaungäste.Read more

  • Day26

    Castell Montjuïc

    March 17 in Spain

    Am Morgen steigen wir direkt vom Hotel aus in die Montjuïc Standseilbahn, die uns auf eine Zwischenstation des 173 m hohen Hausberg von Barcelona, den Montjuïc bringt. Von dort geht es mit der Seilbahn (Telefèric de Montjuïc) weiter in luftiger Höhe mit beeindruckenden Blick und bei klarem sonnigen Wetter bis zum Castell Montjuïc.
    Diese Festung wirkte als Schutz der Stadt und des Hafens. Bei der Belagerung von 1705 spielte die Festung eine große Rolle, über mehrere Jahrhunderte wurde die Festung auch als Ausdruck von Fremdherrschaft erlebt. Im 19 Jh. wurde Barcelona sogar von dort aus beschossen und bombardiert. Während des Franco Regimes wurden im Kastell auch Inhaftierungen und Exekutionen von Gegnern des Regimes
    Wir lassen uns Zeit mit dem Besichtigen der Festung und genießen den herrlichen Blick, denn so früh am Morgen, 10 Uhr, ist noch nicht viel los und so müssen wir auch an den Seilbahnstationen nicht lange anstehen. Nach einem kleinen Marsch gelangen wir zu der Bergstation der legendären roten Seilbahn (Telefèric del puerto), die im September 1931 mit zweijähriger Verspätung eröffnet wurde.
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Barcelona, Barcelone, Barcellona

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