On our third day in Europe, we had our last delicious breakfast of croissants, cheeses, chocolate, and yogurt and said goodbye to the friendly owners of the bed and breakfast we stayed at in France. We had had a wonderful experience in France but were just excited to continue the adventure somewhere new and packed our rental car to head back to Spain. It was a three hour drive, but this time we felt much more refreshed and ready for the drive, compared to our trip there (just minutes after a 9 hour flight from the US).
Once we arrived, we checked into our home for the next four days of the trip. A sweet little loft apartment we found on air bnb. It was perfect!
My favorite part of the loft was the little rooftop balcony pictured above. I would enjoy tea out there each morning. Glorious!
The loft was even equipped with snacks - chips, crackers, coffee, and tea. The owners were extremely accommodating and gave us maps, the wifi passwords, and even provided a special requested fan for sleeping. The place was extremely quiet compared to the hustle and bustle of the city outsides its doors.
Bryan even found a soccer trophy displayed. "Futbol" I mean.
After checking in we quickly got changed and haded out to our friend Alex's wedding rehearsal.
The streets were so cool looking. Narrow cobblestone passageways and alleys at every turn. We managed to get a little lost ;-) But nothing crazy.
Barcelona is definitely a place I could see myself living. It reminded me of Miami, full of excitement, energy, people, and fun.
We passed the cathedral we would soon be attending to celebrate the love of Alex and his gorgeous bride the next day.
The rehearsal reception was held at a palace museum. It was so neat and we got a free tour of the royal family chambers. The rest of the night was spent in great conversation with Alex and his good friends while sipping drinks and munching on passed "tapas."
That night we walked home under the moonlight. There was a parade in the streets honoring the festival of La Merce, so we stopped and watched a bit. We also passed the Christopher Columbus Statue. An interesting fact is that the statue is positioned with it's back facing Spain. Barcelona is very proud of it's Catalonian culture and likes to distinguish itself from the rest of Spain.
Day 3, was wonderful. However we were exhausted and ready for a long night sleep that night.