#ExquisiteTravels: Paris to Barcelona

February 16th, 2018

Since our friend is nervous about flying and looks for any opportunity when she can by pass that, we decided to travel by train from Paris to Barcelona. It is was a six hour ride and we were so glad we did that. We not only experienced different weather conditions but also witnessed the most beautiful country side with vineyards, olive groves, little churches, small homes, kids playing outside and the most lush and serene fields. I would highly recommend this travel by train for someone who is not pressed for time.

On our way to Barcelona via the train

By the time we reached Barcelona and checked in to our hotel it was 9 pm. By now we had all developed an appetite and asked for a recommendation from the concierge.

Majestic hotel in Barcelona where we stayed

The tapa bar he recommended was a short distance from the hotel and a two block brisk walk felt really good. On the way we witnessed the most amazing architecture by Gaudi. Food was delicious and the high light of the meal was deep fried calamari rolled in a batter of squid ink, delicious!!

Gaudi Architecture

Our next three days were spent exploring the old and new parts of the city, having the most memorable meal at Botafumiero and countless tapa bars (which were all very good), visiting the beach, admiring the old and new parts of the city and witnessing the out of the ordinary architecture by Gaudi.

Delicious Botafumiero meal which included seafood paella




At the Old Square


The Beach

Barcelona is a melting pot and you see people from all parts of globe and hear so many different languages being spoken. Christmas decorations were up and the atmosphere had a calm frenzy yet good energy about it. Shoppers were out buying Christmas gifts and teenagers were out and about due to holidays having fun. Tapa bars, cafes and restaurants were packed with locals and tourists and musicians entertaining the crowds with delightful music. After one day, the city grew on me.

Cathedral in Barcelona


Now that I am back to LA, I would love to some day go back and spend more time in this amazing city.

-Nikki

More photos from around Barcelona... starting with the Gothic Quarter




The Ritz Carlton


Frank Gehry Sculpture in the distance

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