First day in Barcelona Spain

Sophia and I got comfortable at our AirBnB accommodations and headed off for a self-guided tour of Barcelona.   In order to get the most out of the sights, we used the Pocket Guide and Triposo apps on our Android devices to learn more about the places we visited. 

Our first stop wasn’t on our list, but we passed by Palau Robert, a building that hosts some concerts and exhibits.
This particular morning, it was hosting a variety of media exhibits to commemorate 25 years of Catalan monuments.  First, we went into a small domed outdoor theatre that was showing how Barcelona FC games are filmed and covered. 
Second, we listened to the history of one of Barcelona’s radio stations via speakers that played different songs of every year since its inception; we finished off with a virtual reality trip. 
The free exhibits were great, including the one about Salvador Dali’s work! 
As you walk around the city, keep your eyes open. By chance, you may stumble upon something that’s unique!
Next, we started our self-guided tour by passing by Casa Milà and Casa Batlló, two of the famous architects Gaudi’s works. 
We then walked through the famous La Rambla street and visited Santa Maria del Mar. We took the time to tour the beautiful Barcelona Cathedral. While we didn’t take the guided tour, I would recommend doing so if you want some additional information as the pamphlet that guides you through the Cathedral doesn’t provide much details.  Always keep your eyes open, as you’ll find some great animals roaming around in the parks, museum grounds and the city itself. 
For lunch, we stopped around the corner of the Cathedral at Conesa Entrepans, a small popular location that serves a wide assortment of sandwiches at a very reasonable price. 
After a bite, we wandered off to the nearby Parc de la Ciutadella
Finally, after a nice long walk to the beach…. 
we grabbed some sangria and paella (my first time trying it) at Xiringuito Escribà, a beach-side restaurant recommended by our AirBnb host. 
Finally, it was onto the metro (a single trip is 2 euros but a 10 pass is only 9 euros) back to our place.


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