Spain

Koh family in Barcelona – Part 2

On our second day, we headed to Sagrada familia the first thing in the morning. We had already bought our tickets the night before, and since we don’t really enjoy being stuffed in a crowded place, we figured we’d hit it first and make our way around the city. Fortunately where we stayed in Barcelona was only about three blocks away from Sagrada familia, so after checking out from the hotel and leaving our luggages with the front desk we made our way down.

It really is a very interesting piece of architecture. Rather very Tim Burton-ish, with interesting fluid lines. After about an hour of walking around, we went for breakfast to Cafe Emma. I don’t know how this happened, but they were out of croissants and napolitanas (basically chocolate croissants) during breakfast hours. I mean, HOW?? And the service wasn’t too impressive either…

Continuing with our tour on Gaudi, we stopped by Casa Batlló and Casa Milà

This was our last day in Barcelona, so after hopping around the town we picked up our stuff again from the hotel, headed to the airport, and waited for our Vueling flight that was delayed for over an hour to get back to Madrid.

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Spain

Koh family in Barcelona – Part 1

It’s already been a couple of weeks since my parents were here for my birthday. They flew in to Barcelona and I also flew there to meet them first, then we came back together to Madrid for my actual birthday. It was my first time in Barcelona and my parents’ first time in Europe, so it made everything so much more special.

On our first day together, we went to Park Güell.

Then we made our way to La Ramblas to walk around and see this famous street in Barcelona. After we went to La Barceloneta to enjoy the late October sunshine that we never have in Vancouver. It was actually warm and sunny enough for me to redefine my tan lines! In Vancouver I lived three blocks away from the Sea wall in Coal Harbour side, and it was so easy for me to just walk down there on any weekend (given that it’s sunny) or even just stop by for an hour after work. And now that I’m in Madrid with nowhere near the beach, it’s making me miss home even more 😦 After some beach bumming and before dinner, we stopped by Parc de la Ciutadella and were mesmerized by the sunset. … and continued to walk to Arc de triumf.We had dinner in Gothic Quarter, and as it was the night of Classico game (Real Madrid vs Barcelona) streets were empty, bars were full; and soon after streets were full again but with sad faces. 

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