Before we knew it, it was time to head to our last stop of the trip, Barcelona. Neither one of us really knew what to expect (I was just excited to break out some of my really rusty Spanish), but we quickly learned that Barcelona was one of the prettiest cities around. I was enthralled with the architecture and have the camera roll to prove it.
We did not waste any time before heading to La Sagrada Familia, the famous church designed by Antoni Gaudí. I studied his works in school and had always wanted to see some of his buildings in person. Spoiler: they did not disappoint.
La Sagrada Familia has been under construction since 1882 and they’re optimistic they’ll be done in 2026. For that reason, the giant cranes and scaffolding clouding my photos didn’t even bother me. I was just too focused on if we’d be able to come back in 2026 to see it completed.
The exterior of the church is super ornate and awe inspiring, but honestly my favorite part was the interior. Everything about it was stunning, from the stained glass windows to the columns and ceiling reminiscent of a forest canopy. Everywhere we looked, there was something new and different and photo-worthy. Don’t worry, I went ahead and pulled just a few favorites for y’all.
Seriously. I want stained glass in all my windows. It’s an instant mood booster for me.
Staying true to form, we paid a little extra money (you’re welcome, Barcelona) to climb the stairs up one of the towers of the church, taking a lot of photos along the way. None of them were spectacular, but it was really cool to see aspects of the church up close and personal.
Afterwards, we hunted down some paella for A who very patiently sat through my photo taking bonanza. Super tasty, although I was very unprepared for my food to still have a face.
We did quite a bit of moonlit sightseeing that evening, coming across another Gaudí masterpiece, Casa Batllo. It was gorgeous! I’m sure it was no accident that they had it up lit in a way that made it almost glow and emphasized the different colors.
On day 2, we visited Casa Batllo again to get some photos in the daylight. Yes, A indulges me way too much. Then we hopped on our second sightseeing bus tour. Seriously, these things are such a fantastic idea. You see so much of the city, while saving your feet, and learning along the way. Plus it makes for adorable selfie opportunities.
Our bus took us to a third Gaudí site, Park Güell, a housing development turned nature park. It was like stepping into CandyLand. Every inch of the place was crusted in mosaics and it was one of the most unique places I’d ever visited.
Aren’t these gorgeous? Such vibrant colors from every part of the rainbow.
After running out of camera space roughly 4 times, we moved on to finish the rest of our bus tour. It wasn’t technically a stop on our tour, but this delicious pastry was a highlight of the day. It was the Spanish version of Italian gelato, I ate it multiple times. If anyone can find me a local bakery that sells caracolas, I will forever be in debt to you.
We spent our last night in Barcelona walking along the seafront and avoiding some very aggressive seagulls.
We had so much fun and made so many great memories that it was almost hard to come home. What a great start to our life as a married couple!
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