Barcelona, Spain

Episode 2

When my train pulled into the Barcelona-Sants station, I hopped on the metro for my final ride of the day that would drop me off just a couple blocks from my hotel. As a solo traveler, I prefer to stay in a hotel vs an Air BnB, and after much research, I chose to stay at the H10 Cubik. 10/10 would recommend to anyone looking for centralized location (Eixample neighborhood), a clean, friendly, updated hotel with views that you’ve only dreamt about!

After a great nights rest, my first full day in Barcelona started with a visit to La Sagrada Familia. My hotel was about a 15 minute walk away, so in true Alison Paige fashion, I started my walk 30 minutes early. As in most things, I underestimated the grandeur of La Sagrada Familia and was taken away by the detail, the color and the history of this building.

I chose to do the self guided tour which I really enjoyed since I could go at my own pace. I also toured the Nativity tower. You do take an elevator up, and the views are spectacular, but be prepared for a dizzy walk down. I look forward to visiting La Sagrada Familia again some day when it’s construction is complete.

From La Sagrada Familia I walked to Park Guell. I don’t think I would actually recommend walking since it’s all up hill, and the Park Guell ticket did include a bus ticket, but it was a beautiful day and I had some time to spare so I walked.

Park Guell was not quite what I expected, both for the better and for the worst. There is a large ‘free’ area that I thoroughly enjoyed walking through. There were musician’s throughout strumming their guitars, beautiful flowers and foliage and again, the views were breathtaking.

Once I walked into the ticketed area, I was surprised because it lacked the wow factor I was looking for. Much of the park was under construction, and the crowds were quite large. I walked around a bit taking in the impressive tile art and after my third trip around the park, I decided I would call it good.

I spent the afternoon walking down random streets as I worked my way back to my hotel. I stopped at a lovely little restaurant and enjoyed lunch and a glass of prosecco outside. I couldn’t get over how beautiful the view was, the architecture and the fresh vibrant flowers.

The weather had started to turn as I wrapped up lunch al fresco, so I took the opportunity to rest my feet back at the hotel and sneak in a nap before heading out again.

My evening started with a cocktail on the H10 Cubik rooftop at sunset. I’ve never seen colors like that and was completely mesmerized. After sunset I walked down the street to Palau de la Musica for a concert. No cameras were allowed inside, but the concert was a tribute to a flamenco guitarist and there was also a flamenco dancer. I would recommend taking in a show, or even just a tour of the theatre!

Whew, that was a long day, but not as long as day three! Next up, the best and worst day of my time in Barcelona.

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