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Last but not least on our trip to Barcelona, I think that it’s gonna be an injustice, if I don’t share about our experience of the most recent, beautiful and breathtaking park in the city; Parc Diagonal Mar. This Park is located near the Diagonal Mar shopping mall.

After indulging ourselves in a shopping spree, we decided to take a stroll heading towards the beach. This led us to the Parc Diagonal Mar, where all its pathways lead to the beach. We walked through this beautifully designed green park, full of modern art and stylish structures. A perfect place to stroll around and take some sun or to sit on a beautifully designed bench to catch the abundance of sunlight or even watch the sunset. There is also a large children’s play area, a raised walkway over water, the lake with sculptures which spray out water and the curved tubular structures. It is a breathtaking sight. Continue reading

My first visit to Spain was to Madrid, the capital of Spain. I fell in love with the city from  the street performers, to  food scene, to laid-back lifestyle, the history, the weather and to plethora of activities. One year down the line, we were back at it again, but this turn was a visit to Barcelona. The truth is, I fell in love with Barcelona too.

The streets of Barcelona are lined with breathtaking works of architecture, from Gothic churches to Antoni Gaudí’s surreal buildings, as well as modern sites like Mare-magnum Mall. It’s also home to the one of the world’s most beloved soccer teams, Barcelona FC. Seriously, this city is amazing.

On our last day in Barcelona, we decided to visit a church because it was also on a Sunday. My husband and I, we used the metro to the famous La Sagrada Familia Cathedral. I cannot forget to mention that the metros are  comfortable, safe and incredibly efficient. Continue reading

The Fountain of Montjuïc

Barcelona has a combination of everything that is interesting in a Mediterranean city; A relaxing place, warm temperatures, unbeatable food scene and breathtaking architecture. On the day we arrived in Barcelona, I had high expectations, because first, it was my second visit to Spain and secondly, it was my birthday’s treat. I’m glad that it turned out as my expectations.

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Barcelona is a beautiful seaside city with boundless culture, breathtaking architecture and one of the world’s most captivating cities. Being a lover History, our stroll through the cobblestone lanes of the Gothic quarter while thinking about the people in the past centuries who walked also through the same streets, was an indescribable experience. Then the food scene and the drinks, the experience was simply unforgettable!

The stroll through La Rambla summed up our trip to Barcelona as superb. It is a street full of life throughout the day and night. There is something relaxing while you are in such places; to grab a drink and then sitting and relaxing while watching the world go by. My husband and I, we love just taking steps back and just enjoy being in such an incredible city without the stress of having to force ourselves through the crowds. Continue reading

After indulging ourselves in a shopping spree, we were looking for something to do and at the same time to enjoy a walk on the way there. There was no other better choice than the Parc Güell, which was on our things to do list while in Barcelona. We walked from the center of the city and its uphill the whole way. The trek led to an increasing beautiful panorama of the landscape with each step. Continue reading

 

Our holiday to Barcelona included the visits to the beach and the museums, eating tapas, strolls through the Gothic Quarters among many others. A visit to the Cosmo Caixa Science Museum on my birthday, was surely a pleasant surprise. Thanks to my husband. This Museum is away from the hustle and bustle of the City of Barcelona. We allowed ourselves for almost half a day to enjoy all of its perks and its fullest potential. This made my birthday memorable. Continue reading

Barcelona has also been in my bucket list, even though my bucket list is continuously being altered, updated and rejuvenated. My dream to visit Barcelona came true when I received a gift from my husband for my birthday. I was really excited and with some traveling experience, first thing first, I bought the travel guide for Barcelona, which included the translation of simple phrases in the Spanish language.

Being my first visit to Barcelona, I didn’t know exactly what to expect but being my second time to Spain, I was sure that it wouldn’t disappoint. I fell in love with the city: the street performers, food, laid-back lifestyle, history, people, and large amount of activities to do. Continue reading

Train Museum

Enjoying some coffee in an original “Wagons-Lits” Restaurant

 

Spain is a beautiful and diverse country which offers a wide variety of destinations, activities and landscapes. The capital city of Spain is indeed a very active city with a bustling nightlife, busy business centers and lively streets either by day or night. It’s a great walking city and the metros are comfortable, safe and efficient, but you have to understand how to read the connections.

The Spaniards are super friendly; they don’t  just give a smile to say hello but they also say, ‘hola!’ which means hello in Spanish. Our experience in Madrid was great. This is the kind of a city that’ll make you want to miss your flight home and stay on longer… These are some of our best experiences in Madrid, the home city of the Galácticos:

Food
Madrid is an ideal holiday destination for foodies. The food scene is incredible and affordable and the passion for traditional Spanish food is contagious. There are ample selection of tapas bars, cafés and all kinds of restaurants. We were able to try a variety of local flavors. My husband ensured that I tried some authentic tapas. It was worth it, no wonder, he preferred to be in Madrid on his birthday.

 

Shopping

Madrid shopping  is so much fun because there are so many different styles to choose from. Unless you’re shopping in designer boutiques, we found the prices quite reasonable in comparison to other cities in Europe. There are high-end shops near the Serrano and Velázquez streets, a flea market near the city center, all kinds of international brands near the centric Gran Vía street and many independent designers in the nearby Fuencarral district, which is filled with chic boutiques for the fashion lovers.

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