barcelona three

Day 3 started out with a morning bus tour of the city. The difference between this tour and the hop on hop off was that we got a live tour guide and we got to do some fun activities…

What we also didn’t know about the tour was that it included a ride on the Teleferic of Montjuic (so we got to go again) and a visit to the Spanish Village, which I’ll get to in a bit.
The tour started on the busy Barcelona streets, weaving in and out of different neighborhoods. Our first stop was at the Olympic Village where my mom and I had our first chance to go down to the beach and dip our toes in the water. We also got to see a lot of older folks enjoying the beach.

From there we headed up to Montjuic where we got a history lesson about the Montjuic castle that we had visited our first day and then got a chance to ride the Teleferic again and enjoy the views.

Then we headed to one of our favorite spots in Barcelona, the Spanish Village. The Spanish Village is basically all of Spain just condensed down into a “mini village.” The buildings inside feature architecture from each of the regions in Spain and house shops that feature the food and wine of Spain along with handmade items like fans and blown glass.

It was like this little hidden gem that we didn’t even know existed before the tour and my mom and I picked up some really cool handmade items like fans (which are super popular there). I think if we had time we would have spent the whole day there just going in and out of the little shops.

Our tour then finished with a walking portion through the gothic quarter of the city. We’d been there before but it was nice to get some context and learn about the area’s history. Plus I’m a big fan of walking tours because I think the best way to see a city is on foot.

Once our tour finished we headed back to the Sagrada Familia….which I will go into detail in the next post.


^^tbt to when my shoes where this white

cheers.

~meesh

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a look back

A complete list of all the places I was able to visit during my study abroad:

Austria:

Mondsee, Salzburg & Vienna

Belgium:

Brussels

Czech Republic:

Prague

England:

Bath, Harrogate, Ilkley, Leeds, London (4x), Liverpool, Scarborough, Sheffield, Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon & York (2x)

France:

Paris (2x)

Germany:

Berlin

Greece:

Aegina, Athens, Hydra & Poros

Hungary:

Budapest

Italy:

Cinque Terre (Vernazza & Monterosso) Florence, Milan, Pisa, Rome & Venice

Ireland:

Dublin & Galway (Cliffs of Moher)

Luxembourg:

Luxembourg City

Netherlands:

Amsterdam

Poland:

Auschwitz, Birkenau & Krakow

Scotland:

Edinburgh

Switzerland:

Zurich

Vatican City

Wales:

Conwy

I wasn’t able to make it to Spain or Portugal so I’m looking forward to making that my next trip across the Atlantic. And later this week I’m going to be doing a reflection post on the whole ‘study abroad’ experience so it should get pretty deep, lol.

Cheers.

~meesh

the list

A complete list of all the cities and countries visited in order from start to finish:

1. Athens, Greece

2. Hydra, Greece

3. Poros, Greece

4. Aegina, Greece

5. Paris, France

6. Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

7. Brussels, Beligum

8. Amsterdam, Netherlands

9. Berlin, Germany

10. Oranienburg, Germany

11. Prague, Czech Republic

12. Vienna, Austria

13. Salzburg, Austria

14. Mondsee, Austria

15. Zurich, Switzerland

16. Milan, Italy

17. Venice, Italy

18. Florence, Italy

19. Pisa, Italy

20. Monterosso (Cinque Terre), Italy

21. Vernazza (Cinque Terre), Italy

22. Rome, Italy

23. Vatican City

…Hopefully I’ll have a post up about Greece in the next few days. x

~meesh