Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Interrailing Chapter 2 | Barcelona Spain

Following up on my previous post, the next stop on our journey was Barcelona Spain, a city filled with football, sun and sangria. Our stay at the Feetup Yellow Nest Hostel in central Barcelona was a very pleasant one, the best hostel of the whole journey in fact. Friendly staff, a great location and an extremely clean room; this hostel quite literally made our journey in Barcelona. Luckily for us, we only had to share our 8 bed room with one other person, a friendly gentleman from Argentina who went by the name Jerry. By the time we had arrived at the Hostel after a 6 hour journey from Paris, we were exhausted and in need of a good meal. So naturally we headed straight out in search of the delights of the Spanish cuisine. 

As it was getting late and due to our sheer exhaustion, we stopped off at one of the first restaurants we could find, this being a busy Italian style restaurant where I ordered a bowl of fresh pasta with a tomato based cheesy sauce. I didn't manage to get a picture on this occasion (probably due to my lack of energy) but I have to say this may have been one of the best meals of the entire journey. Along with the delightful Tapas which we had the following evening, this meal was utterly faultless. Ironically the pasta here was better than the ones I sampled in Italy meaning Barcelona Spain may well win the award for the best food in the whole of Europe!

The joys of sharing a Hostel room
The real deal-Tapas
Along with the delightful food, Barcelona Spain of course had many other wonderful things to do and see. Naturally, when in Spain you have to head down to the beach, especially as this was the only beach we got to see all holiday! The weather was glorious as expected and it would have been rude not to. So with a bottle of Sangria under our arms and the sun tan lotion at the ready, that's exactly what we did. The harbour here was so pretty and there was lots to see on the way. We got up nice and early so we could do as much as possible (something we tried to do throughout the trip). There was of course the La Sagrada Familia and the Parc Guell which we went to visit (see below) and the Las Ramblas market which took us down to the harbour. 

The building that's never been finished
Parc Guell
The view from above
Barcelona Selfie

Barcelona Spain Harbour

Barcelona walkway
Now before embarking on this journey I must say I had my concerns, especially in regards to pick pocketers. But rest assured do not let this put you off visiting this wonderful city as Barcelona Spain was one of the few places where we did not get hassled by the locals. Obviously it's common sense to keep your belongings close to you at all times but if you have your wits about you, you will be fine. Even though you can see probably all that you wish to see here in just a few days, unfortunately as we were stuck for time  we didn't get to tick off everything on our list. In fact one of our main regrets of the entire trip was not going inside the beautiful La Sagrada Familia. Even though we got some great shots outside, it was closed when we went to visit. Nevertheless it was still amazing to see. The building has still not been finished but the detail as you can see from the picture (above) is phenomenal. Such a beautiful church which brings  light to the city of Barcelona.

Even though I really enjoyed Barcelona, it wasn't one of my favourite places and therefore I wouldn't go back in a hurry. Obviously it is nice to say I have been, but Spain to me is all the same whether this is Barcelona or Costa del Sol, I can't really tell the difference. So thanks for the nice weather and the beautiful food, but for now Adios Barcelona Spain!

Coming up in my next post-Italy-heavenly Gelato and mouth watering pasta... 


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