Day 1 - Friday
|lunch in the airport|
I am SO glad Keith got an apartment that was in conjunction with a nice hotel in Barcelona. We had two bedrooms, a bathroom, a living / dining room and a full kitchen -- plus maid service every day. It was the perfect arrangement to have with a toddler. Once we got settled at the apartment we walked a block away for dinner at a local tapas restaurant. We all got something delicious for dinner (the chicken and veggie risotto -- OMG), and kept Liam fairly busy while he sat in the booth because there were no high chairs. Turns out, we would come to find that no restaurant had high chairs. Like none. Zero. And we tried, oh did we try! On our very last meal over the course of five days we finally lucked out with a high chair. We figured either there were no toddlers in Barcelona or people just didn't take them out to eat. The latter I suppose . . . sigh.
We put Liam to bed as soon as we got back as it was already getting late, and he went right to sleep, exhausted from the day's events.
Day 2 - Saturday
Well Liam must have been really tired because the boy slept in later than he's done in a LONG time. Keith eventually went in and woke him up at 10:00 am! Seriously, his bed must have been super comfy because the boy was passed out. We fed him a quick breakfast and headed to the Metro to take the subway to La Rambla, a long wide road full of street vendors, markets, cafes, shops, souvenirs, etc. Let me just say here that we immediately noticed that the locals in Barcelona thought it was a cold day -- they were all bundled up in parkas, gloves, hats, and scarves tied around their faces. Not even kidding. Keith and I thought it felt great coming from Eindhoven and we were in light coats, enjoying the beautiful weather! It was cracking me up every where I turned! Anyway, we milled around on La Rambla, even stopping in a beautiful, gigantic Apple store (what can I say?). We ate at American Soda for lunch (no high chair -- disastrous) before heading back so Liam could nap.
|Liam chasing birds on La Rambla|
|one of the most famous markets in Barcelona -- full of any food you could imagine!|
When Liam woke up we headed to Casa Mila, one of Gaudi's famous buildings that is now an apartment where people can actually rent space. After some debate, we decided to head to the rooftop of La Pedrera to see the views which are supposed to be amazing, before making the climb back down, viewing some of the apartment rooms that are built and decorated in true Gaudi style -- with no strollers allowed. The lady warned us that the tour takes about an hour and a half, but she had never done this with a little boy like Liam! We spent about twenty minutes on the rooftop, letting Liam run around and climb up and down the hundreds of steps all around before beginning the rest of the tour. I definitely think it would be nice to do this without a toddler because I don't really remember much . . . we basically chased Liam around, trying to steer him in the direction we wanted without letting him touch anything. I don't think I read a single plaque or stopped enough to listen to any audio that explained what we were seeing. I'm pretty sure we were at the bottom again in 45 minutes flat.
|Sagrada Familia in the far distance|
Day 3 - Sunday
On Sunday we decided to head to Port Olimpic and walk around for a bit. It was really relaxing and Liam got to see the beach, which he absolutely loved. He would have stayed there all day had we let him!
We made our way back through Barceloneta, missing the metro stop we wanted several times while we tried to navigate our way around. By the time we got to one we were pretty beat and headed back to the apartment for lunch. After
Day 4 - Monday
Our goal for the day was to head to La Sagrada Familia, a beautiful cathedral designed by Gaudi. Luckily it was only about a twenty minute walk from our apartment, so we headed there right after breakfast. However, we soon discovered that the line to get in was ridiculously long (wrapped all the way around the church), and there was no way we could do that with a toddler. So instead Keith got us some Starbucks while Liam played in the park across the street from the massive cathedral. It was an insanely gorgeous backdrop for spending the morning at a playground.
The first thing Liam discovered was the Bubble Man -- a street performer who worked his days enthralling children with the gigantic bubbles he could produce (all in the hopes that Mom and Dad would be guilted into throwing a few coins in his hat -- which we absolutely did seeing the joy he brought Liam!). He even would let the kids come up and help him make the bubbles, which Liam did willingly! And when other kids were too nervous and didn't want to do it, Liam would step back up and try to help, like saying "My turn again?!"
|One of the bubbles as it burst|
|Liam made a huge bubble and was so happy!|
|Liam digging with a shovel he found|
|Riding the horse in the playground|
After nap we took Liam to Imaginarium, this amazing children's store that has all kinds of toys, books, riding toys, etc. Liam loved it! We spent about an hour in there just hanging out and letting him look at all the cool stuff. That night we had Japanese food delivered to the apartment and got some rest before our long travel day the following day.
Day 5 - Tuesday
Our flight wasn't until that night, so we still had a pretty full day to do some exploring. We headed out to the Museu d'art de Catalunya -- a huge, beautiful museum at the end of a long walkway. Our intention wasn't to go in, but just to let Liam run around and get some energy out.
|Liam in front of the Museum|
It was a wonderful five days spent as a family, and I love Barcelona even more than before! Happy Birthday to Keith!