Greetings from Barcelona!

Hello all!

Today is the morning of our second day in Barcelona Spain after arriving like some early 1900’s rich folk crossing the Atlantic on our cruise on the NCL Epic.    I will post later this week on our thoughts and adventures from the fun cruise once I organize 15 days of photos.

Our first day in Barcelona for the 4 of us was going to be a day of laundry and relaxation but you never know what will happen.   We got off our home for the last 2 weeks at around 9:30am.  After a quick cab ride we arrived at our AirBnB near the Sagrada Familia.   The place wasn’t quite ready for us but the owner did let us drop off our bags.    He also told us of a street festival going on in the neighborhood, so we were off to explore the City.    After a few blocks we stumbled into what reminded me of a typical summer Chicago street festival, streets closed and lined with stalls selling food, drink, and other things.   The main difference was there were many many many more selling food and drink than in Chicago.

After the first block (it turned out to be a huge street festival going about 4-5 blocks), we stumbled into our first pleasant surprise of Barcelona, country line dancing party.

After exploring the festival we started off to a cafe recommended by our AirBnB host.   We accidentally turned the wrong way and while taking a longer route stumbled into this:

Believe it our not, this used to be a hospital!  It is now a art and medical museum but was  a fully functioning hospital as late as 2009.   Opened in its current form in 2014.  Very neat building we stumbled into.

We did make it to the cafe, Puiggros, after that.  Sadly, I think we were all too hungry so no pics there, but they had an amazing apple tart that was delicious as well as very good small sandwiches and various breads.

We decided then just to take a stroll around the in-progress crazy beautiful Sagrada Familia  church.   We are planning a complete visit to that including touring the inside later this week.  I’ll post pictures then.

After that we started walking back to our home for this week, and we run straight into the start of a parade!

Those are gegants.  Super cool giant costumes that bob up and down.  They were originally used by the Catholic Church in the middle ages to teach Bible stories to a public that could not read.  Check out Chrissy’s Instagram for video –

All this and we we’re still not at our 3pm check-in time so we stop to sit outside to order a snack and a beer.  Dad and I ordered large beer thinking it would be a normal pint instead of half.  We were wrong.

We also ordered our first of what I will assume will be many orders of iberico ham.

After that, back to our rental to finally get to that rest and laundry.  At night we went to dinner at a place recommended by a friend in Chicago.  Amazing Italian pasta!

Everything is made by hand or imported directly from Italy.  Chrissy’s gnocchi with had truffles shaved on at the table.  Delicious lasanga and fresh caprese.  Perfect way to end our first day!

Content may be light this week as WiFi at our AirBnB is slow.  So might be posts without many pics.



The day is finally here!

We are waiting to board the NCL epic for our 15-day cruise over to Barcelona. The past two weeks have been great visiting family and friends. We celebrated our niece, Hazel’s, first birthday in Atlanta and spent the past week in Sarasota. Ed even snuck in a bachelor party in Vegas.

We can’t believe this day is actually here. Seems surreal that we won’t be back in the States for so long. Super excited and no turning back now 🙂

In itinerary news, we have official dates for Thailand. Josh and Rocio will joining us in Bangkok on December 28th and then spending New Year’s in Chang Mai. Still hoping for more meet ups so send us a message to join us somewhere!

Bye USA, see you in a year!