Throwback Thursday: Madrid and Barcelona, Spain, January 2014

This month I’ll post a few Throwback Thursdays to some international trips I’ve taken over the past few years! While I’ve had this blog for four years, I’ve really only started writing seriously here in January.

I wanted to share some photos of a trip I took with some friends to Spain back in 2012 – we spent a few days in Madrid and Barcelona. We stayed at hostels in both cities and took the Renfe light rail between the two. We absolutely loved the food, culture, and sights. Highlights were the Gaudi architecture in Barcelona, Park Montjuic in Montreal, and the Prado museum.

Plaza del Sol in Madrid
Plaza del Sol in Madrid

Our hostel was right in the heart of Madrid’s tourist center. It felt light a European Times Square. We did a bit of shopping and walked the cobblestone streets. I was taken aback by the amount of ham (jamon) that filled butcher shops and restaurants. As a vegetarian I did not try it but my friends absolutely loved everything!

Jamon a'plenty
Jamon a’plenty
A church in Madrid
A church in Madrid

After a few days in Madrid, we went to Barcelona and tried to see as many sights as we could. We took photos by the Arc de Triomphe and walked over to Ciutadella Park, which had a beautiful fountain that seemed to be right out of a fairy tale.

Arc de Triomphe in Barcelona
Arc de Triomphe in Barcelona
Ciutadella Park in Barcelona
Ciutadella Park in Barcelona
La Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona
La Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona

We also admired many Gaudi works, such as La Sagrada Familia, and Casa Batllo. We also spent a day in Park Guell (a huge hill to climb!) and went to his house museum.

Casa Batllo in Barcelona
Casa Batllo in Barcelona
The garden outside Casa Gaudi in Park Guell, Barcelona
The garden outside Casa Gaudi in Park Guell, Barcelona

My friends can definitely be considered foodies, so we ate a LOT during the trip. We definitely walked it off, of course. But we tried all kinds of tapas and sandwiches and treats.

Treats in a Barcelona Market
Treats in a Barcelona Market
Quimet & Quimet Tapas place
Quimet & Quimet Tapas place
Tapas in Barcelona
Tapas in Barcelona

On our last day in Barcelona, we went to Park Montjuic and also to the old Olympic stadium. We got to the top of the mountain around sunset and the views were spectacular. It was a wonderful way to say “adios” to an amazing country.

Olympic Stadium in Barcelona
Olympic Stadium in Barcelona
Park Montjuic
Park Montjuic
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