We’ve just returned home from a wonderful break in Barcelona (flights and spending money courtesy of Smooth Radio, and accommodation from a Barratts Shoes win!) and I wanted to share some photos as this was my first holiday abroad for 18 months… talk about itchy feet!
Ryland was great on his first flight – and loved the airports too (I thought he might be toddling around by 16 months old, but no such luck – he’s a lazy crawler!)
I first visited Barcelona six years ago and was really excited about going back – it’s an amazing city with so much to see and do, we stayed for 4 days and didn’t retrace our steps once.
On our first day we sheltered from the rain (typical!) in the Boquería Market, where we stocked up on picnic essentials like manchego, ham, tomatoes, olives and my favourite – anchovies! Ryland didn’t seem that interested in shopping mind you…
We jumped on a tram (easier than the metro with a buggy!) to the Sagrada Familia – the interior has only recently been opened to the public and although the €12 entry fee was somewhat frightening, it really was worth it to see the incredible architecture and museum inside.
In the early evening the sun shone through the beautiful stained glass windows high in the Apse, bathing us in red light.
Barcelona Zoo was a great place, there were hardly any visitors and the animals all seemed super laid back. Seeing all the fluffy baby animals almost turned me veggie again… but not quite!
We caught some tortoises doing the conga (very slowly…)
All the food we ate was delicious – Ry was a big fan of tapas, in particular black rice (with squid ink) and paella…
…but for me it was all about the ‘pescados fritos’ and sherry. Salud!
Barcelona has loads of incredible architecture – and not just the wibbly wobbly Gaudi buildings. Museu Blau is the striking new natural history museum at the Forum, which we stumbled across by accident.
As for places for Ryland to play, we hung out at Barceloneta beach and at Parc de la Ciutadella (the free places are always the best!)
Our apartments had a lovely swimming pool but the water was way too cold for Ry to even dip his toes in, so he just pointed and laughed whilst we braved the cold like true Brits.
On our final night, we went to the Feria de Abril – in May, which was rather odd! Essentially this was lots of tents, food, booze, funfair rides, flamenco and noise (we put Ryland’s Snoozeshade to good use!). All the local ladies put on their best dresses and danced about randomly, while people sang, ate paella, drank wine and generally partied (we went on a Wednesday so I can only imagine what it’s like at the weekend when it’s open till 4.15am!)
So after a first successful trip abroad I’m now on a mission to win another holiday – although I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to go long haul with a toddler, I think that a prize trip to Italy or France would definitely be fun. Let me know if you see any good comps to win one!