Barcelona

For the second break, we headed to Barcelona to soak in the sun and the Spanish culture. The architecture throughout the city, especially Gaudi's, was intriguing.  The sun and the sand also gave me a nice little glimpse of summer, regardless of the fact that it did not get above seventy degrees.

Our hostel was perfectly located near 

Plaça de Catalunya

 and La Rambla.

La Bouqueria, the renowned fresh food market, was super cool.  I loved getting lost in the rows of fresh fruit, fish, meat, and sweet stands.  Some of the best food that I ate during the week was purchased at the market.  My fresh coconut/pineapple smoothie was especially tasty.

The weather on Tuesday spoiled us.  I desperately wanted to break out my sun dresses.  

I loved seeing sculptures on the beach.

The rain on Wednesday provided a gloomy backdrop for Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia church.  

 I was so inspired by Gaudi's Casa Battlo (House of Bones).  We got there right as it was getting dark, and I loved seeing the mosaics gleam in the lights.  The picture honestly can not even begin to capture how interesting this building is.  I really regret not paying the sixteen euros to go inside.