Travel journal: Exploring Barcelona

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A few weeks ago, I traveled to Barcelona to attend The Crazy Workshop. You can read about the workshop and see images from the gorgeous shoots here and here.

The workshop lasted two days, but I had never visited Barcelona and was eager to check it out, so I made sure to give myself a few extra days to explore.

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explore-barcelona-travel

All I can say is, wow. Barcelona stole my heart. The city is beautiful, the weather near perfect (hello, citrus trees dotting the streets), the sea sparkling and the people open and lively. 

I packed a good amount of exploring into three days. The first day was devoted to walking around, though every day ended up involving miles and miles of walking. I went to the Picasso Museum and saw an interesting evolution of Picasso's work beginning with pieces made when he was as young as 12 years old. But the walk through Parc de la Ciutadella really stopped me in my tracks. 

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explore-barcelona-travel
explore-barcelona-travel

Day two was nothing but Gaudí. I'm convinced the classification by some that he was a genius is 100% correct. My top tip for visiting these popular sites is to buy your tickets online before your trip. Though you have to pick a time slot, you'll save a ton of time because you'll be able to go right in without waiting in line once you arrive. Both La Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló let us go in before our time slot started, however, if you visit Park Güell, you won't be able to go in before the specified time on your ticket. I tried with no luck, but the consolation prize was some beautiful paella down the street, so you win some, you win some.

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explore-barcelona-travel
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explore-barcelona-travel

On day three, I headed to Montserrat for absolutely beautiful hiking, but that's a post for another day. Have you been to Barcelona? What were your favorite spots to visit?