Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Our Last Day in Barcelona

On Saturday, we only had until mid afternoon to explore the city before we needed to head to the airport. Since we had done the walking tour the day before, we had a good idea of the layout of the city and had seen most of the highlights. The only thing left on our to-see list was La Sagrada Familia.  Oh, and brunch at Obama restaurant!  
Look who greeted us for brunch!  Our brunch was pretty mediocre, but it was still fun!

We decided to book our tickets in advance online since the line the day before was out of control.  Thank goodness we did because we were able to walk right up to security and get right in.  I definitely recommend going to La Sagrada Familia, even if you're only in Barcelona for a day.  Mike and I were pretty church-ed out by this point on our trip, but this church has a funky and different feeling to it that makes it fun and worthwhile. 








It was pretty cool to see the lion that is displayed throughout St. Mark's Square in Venice displayed here.  Full circle people!






Even the holy water was artsy!





After we finished at the cathedral, we walked around the city for a little bit and grabbed lunch.


We ran into a Chinese New Year's celebration! So international!




We still had a few hours to kill before making our way to the airport, so we did a little perusing on TripAdvisor and found the restaurant that served the best margaritas.  Technically, I think margaritas are more Mexican, but when in Spain, right?  We met the bartender and told him what we heard.  The reviews didn't lie and it most definitely was the best margarita I've ever had! He even gave me a free second one because he made too much!  We spent a couple of hours just hanging out, watching soccer on TV, and chatting it up with the bartender.  We even gave him a 5TL bill to put on his wall to display with the rest of his international currency. If you're in Barcelona, go to Stoke bar for a drink! It's worth it. 

After a couple of margaritas, we picked up our bags from the AirBnB and jumped on the metro to the airport. When we were planning our whirlwind trip, we originally wanted to go straight from Israel to Morocco, but couldn't find any flights that didn't involve a day long layover in Barcelona.  Instead of spending that day in the airport, we decided to extend our layover a day and spend it exploring Barcelona.  We didn't expect to love Barcelona as much as we did and, in hindsight, we would have added a few more days in this funky, artsy Spanish city.