So… Europe Trip! I’ve been putting off doing these entries because there are SO many pictures, but I finally just sucked it up and uploaded a ton this weekend. So here is to getting all my Europe posts up during this week. I will probably write a lot, but there will also be a ton of pictures too, which means these entries are going to be LONG. Sorry!
We started out our trip early in the morning on Saturday March 23rd by taking a taxi to the bus stop to await the airport bus to take us to Narita. This year the sakura bloomed early, so I got a few pictures since I figured we’d probably miss the whole season while in Europe, and then the bus came, and I got car-sick, so the entire time from the ride to the airport was pretty miserable tbh. We got to Narita an hour late, too, which meant that while we had planned to spend some time in the United Lounge, we didn’t have near as much time as originally thought. Still, we were able to spend a little time and let me recover from motion-sickness. The plane ride was a pleasant surprise… Kenji likes aisle seats and I like window, and we can never agree who gets the middle, so we resigned ourselves to someone sitting between us, but as it turned out that middle seat was empty, so we had the whole row to ourselves. So that was nice. We got to Paris in the evening, and had already made reservations at an airport hotel since we were flying to Barcelona the next morning. It took a bit of walking to figure out where the hell the shuttle for the Hilton was, but we finally found it and got settled, and ate dinner at the hotel. In the morning, we headed back to the airport for the Barcelona flight where once again we had no one sitting between us.
Kenji took pictures throughout this whole time, while I don’t have any between the sakura and arriving in Barcelona. So the pictures basically start from landing in Barcelona, but trust me, the in-between stuff isn’t all that exciting anyway.
So, Barcelona! Upon landing, we took the airport bus into the city, which dropped us off at Placa Catalunya. We walked from there a short distance to our hotel, the Renaissance Barcelona. We took some time to settle in and then walked around the block to a Tapas Bar for lunch, then decided to start our sightseeing out with the famous Gaudi church La Sagrada Familia. We walked there, but nearing the end of our visit it started to rain, so we took the metro back to the hotel, and found a place around the hotel for dinner.
Sakura before leaving
A video of La Sagrada Familia itself
For day two we went to Park Guell in the morning to beat the crowd, and took a bit of a siesta in the afternoon, followed by more Gaudi buildings: Casa Batllo in the Manzana de la Discordia, and Casa Mila (also called La Pedrera) in the evening. I had much more planned, but we were both feeling the effects of jet lag and plane travel, so we took it slow.
Day three was the grand exploration of Las Ramblas and the Barri Gotic, or the Gothic Quarter. There was too much to see in one day, but I think we did pretty well!
*whew* if you managed to get through all that, congrats! It was a busy three days in Barcelona, although not as busy as it could have been. Still, I really enjoyed the city and would love to go back and see the places that I missed… and to see La Sagrada Familia again!