seeing things + being together | Barcelona edition

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Our primary purpose for a Barcelona voyage was to see the music. Secondly, it was to see the city, again. And since we had already seen the main attractions in the city, it was to explore a little further.

There’s always something we forget to bring when we travel. We hit up the shopping district. We bought swimsuits, by the way. Both of which I love and both of which we were confident we would need in Morocco. The latter wasn’t true. It’s whatever. Come August, when we’re living in our new home, they’ll come in handy. But then again, I guess we’ll have all of our swimsuits anyway. Where did this even come from? Because it’s practically summer, yo. ps. that was a tiny clue.

I’m gonna do it and say the food is the best part about Barcelona. We revisited our favorite pintxos restaurant BUT we did not eat at our favorite Mexican food restaurant in Europe. That’s probably one of those things that’s more monumental to us than we should bring up to people. Proud penguins, we are. Pound sign willpower. Though, it’s only because we’ll have all the Mexican food we can imagine in a month + a half. ps. another one.

A metro ride and a walk through a vintage bus exhibit brought us to the Font Màgica de Montjuïc (The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc). It was a grand sight to see, if not a welcome cool down when the breeze would cover us with mist. We claimed a center spot a little too eagerly. We waited. Allegedly the show was every 30 minutes, according to the internet. Our expectations adjusted by the minute. Two too many groups asked J to take a photo of them (read: two groups asked him to take a photo), so we moved on. The view from the top was worth the hike. Fine! We rode escalators..it was hot. A storm rolled in and we rolled out. Apparently, there’s a light spectacular at night. Send us photos if you go. 

Thanks to Cassandra’s recommendation, we dined at Can Recasens, where the halls are lined with fruits and veggies. I’m talkin, loads of them. Also, this place is a labyrinth. We couldn’t figure out the front from the side and what was going on upstairs. Actually, that could have been the Spanish wine. We filled up on tomato bread and the largest mixed meat+cheese plate we’ve ever had…they aren’t playin around. We chatted about our weekend in Barcelona, leaving for Morocco the next day, and the big move back across the Atlantic that awaits us.

Can Recasens
Rambla del Poblenou 102
08005 Barcelona

That’s my favorite part on holidays. After the long days of discovering and finding. After the photographs have been taken and the stories are filling up my head. After the walking and the hills are over and my feet can finally rest. We sit down for dinner, try the local fare and suggested bottle of wine. We chat about the day’s mischief and how blessed we are. Because, at the end of the day, the best part about all of it, ALL OF IT, is just being together. 

‘Here’s to being together. And to being together being enough.’ isn’t she the loveliest?!

19 Comments

  1. how am i just now officially ‘following’ the fest? couldn’t figure out why you two gems weren’t showing up in my reader! this is lovely. and yes, being together is the best part of all. and then me…hangin’ with you…over here in ‘merica…can’t wait. you two festers get on over here for some mexican food! E has promised to take me to his favorite city – Barcelona – and these photos make me hope it’s sooner rather than later. xx

    • ?? i can’t see it. but THANK YOU for being an official reader ;) it comes with perks….well, maybe one day! heh I CANNOT WAIT to hang out with y’all over some mexican food. shoobydoo.

  2. Three cheers for Can Recasens!! I loved your topsy-turvy description, it was spot-on.

    And yes, being together + a rejuvinating destination = the ideal trip !

    • thank you for the rec! it was great to get a little away from the city!

    • we’re headed to the states next month! but the locale is going to be a surprise for when we get there! ;) so, send us good vibes because the next month will be a little majorly hectic for us! ;)

  3. I find it’s when I take time to realise that it’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment, holding hands in some beautiful and/or historic place, I appreciate it the most. Seeing things just isn’t enough! :)

    • of all the whirl-wind things we’ve done during the time we’ve been together, its easy to get caught up and think its normal. but its not, we’re incredibly blessed…especially to have each other!

  4. Sadly the clues are lost on me, unless it’s Mexico you’re moving to :)

    I’ve always fancied Barcelona but Mr Tide never seems that keen. I’m sure I can talk him round one day. I showed him your Portugal posts and won him over!

    • hehe nope! it’s going to be in the states and its going to be somewhere wonderful!! tell Mr Tide that I vote for Barcelona too! haha I love that you showed him the Portugal posts! makes me happy ;)

  5. Aww, too much cuteness.
    How sad is it that I dont even remember what I ate in Barcelona? I remember Spain being so, SO heavy on mariscos, that unless I was getting some chorizo (if not too oily)/patatas bravas/patatas aoli/tortilla espanola, I was just paranoid that some a-hole shrimp was gonna get anywhere near my dinner. Which drastically spoiled the experience.
    I feel like I need a Spain do-over. I wasn’ really crazy about my time in France (Paris – too expensive to do stuff and too much like Moscow to get me excited) and I am ok with that. I’ll make it back some day, and if not – then not. But i had the MOST amazing five months in Spain – so much so that my driver pulled over on the way to the Madrid airport to get me water bc I was quietly weeping in the back seat – and yet like I absolutely did not take the full advantage of it, with food being a particular experience sub-segment.

    • weirdly enough, we haven’t really done spain yet! we’ve done barcelona twice and two of the islands, but not any part of technical spain! that’s so sweet about the cab driver!!

      • I lived in Madrid and really, really loved it – much more than Barcelona. I also traveled in Galicia up north and it was amazing – very Medieval England, lots of Celtic influences, and very green, too!

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