Escape to the City of Gaudi

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This was my first time flying to Barcelona and it was AMAZING! The history and architecture that lies within Barcelona is truly magnificent. My boyfriend and I were only there for 6 days. The main purpose of the trip was to watch Barcelona play against Espanyol at Camp Nou but we were able to explore the city in the mean time as well.

We were supposed to arrive in the afternoon but our flight was delayed in Paris by a couple hours. No worries though. We rented an AirBnB and were able to take a taxi to the apartment directly from the airport. Our first venture out into Barcelona was in L’Hospitalet. It was dinner time and we were a little exhausted from our 16hr flight so we tried to find a place nearby. About a mile and a half down the street was this bar/restaurant called Zarautz. I’m a HUGE Yelper and I was surprised to find that Yelp is actually somewhat used in Barcelona, although the number of reviews is pretty low (anywhere from 1 to 20…). The food at Zarautz was delicious and it was a great first time Barcelona restaurant to experience. We ordered the grilled vegetables, stuffed artichokes, grilled octopus, and chocolate brownie dessert. The grilled vegetables were SO GOOD. There was asparagus, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, shishito peppers, and bell peppers. I would eat these every day for breakfast, lunch,and dinner. The dish came with 3 sauces – soy sauce, some sort of honey vinegar sauce, and teriyaki sauce. Corey loved the grilled octopus. The artichokes were delicious, as well as the chocolate brownie.

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Address: Carrer de l'Elisi, 13, 08014 Barcelona, Spain

On our second day in Barcelona we went to the Camp Nou Museum and took a tour of the stadium. Camp Nou is massive! Corey is a huge Barcelona soccer fan so he was in heaven. I have to admit that I enjoyed Camp Nou very much as well.

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In the evening we decided to check out La Rambla. We took the metro from our apartment since it was close by. The metro is pretty easy to figure out and it was about a 20 minute ride to downtown. We ended up walking through Catalonia Square and Gothic Quarter as well. The streets were decorated with Christmas lights and they were absolutely beautiful. We passed by this little street fair called Fira de Santa Llucia. According to their website, this fair has been going on since 1786! There were various little stands selling crafts, plants, nativity scenes and figures, etc. One very interesting figurine Corey and I kept seeing everywhere was a caganer, which is a figurine defecating. Traditionally they are placed in the nativity scene and are meant to bring good luck and joy (since the feces is considered a symbol of fertilization).

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After the street fair we went on a mission to find CatBar. This vegan bar serves some great veggie burgers, patatas bravas, and beer! I had the Black Cat burger and my boyfriend had the Champion burger. Both burgers were good, but we both preferred the Black Cat burger over the Champion. Once we finished we decided to walk around a little more. We accidentally stumbled across Gelaati Di Marco nearby, which was great because this was another place on my list that I really wanted to try! They had organic and non-organic dairy, AND vegan, gelato. I opted for the vegan dark chocolate and vegan coconut – delicious! Corey tried a pistachio gelato and enjoyed it. If you gave the vegan gelato to a non-vegan person I can guarantee they wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

Address: (CatBar) Carrer de la Bòria, 17, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
(Gelaaati di Marco) Carrer de la Llibreteria, 7, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Keep an eye out for part 2 of our adventure in Barcelona!

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