I haven’t had time to share with you the trip we did to Barcelona to visit my mom, and at the same time she could see and enjoy time with her granddaughters… Also the trip was going to be fantastic as a cultural visit now the girls are older and believe me, Barcelona has so much to offer!!
We left Mallorca by boat just on time to enjoy the sunset. We had a cabin to sleep all night, but we also had time to play some games and make a boat tour. My daughters love to go on the boat, I guess it’s because they sleep on bunkbeds haha.
I tell you, the sunset was amazing! Miss A enjoy it from the window.
Next day on my mom’s neighbourhood there was an artificial ice rink outdoors so they wanted to give it a go. It was the first time they were skating on ice, but they are good with the rollers so in less than ten minutes they left me behind!
A typical tradition here in Catalonia is called “Caga Tió” and it takes place on the 24th December. It is a log with a cap and a blanket, usually placed in the living room. Some days before the 24th the kids bring him food so he can start making gifts inside of it. On the night of the 24th, the family meets together around it, and they sing this song while they hit him gently to “shit” the presents. When the song is over, they check under the blanket and take the presents.
Another day we went to the Park Güell which is a must visit place from the genius Antoni Gaudí. His use of mosaic was amazing!
The hypostyle room, the outside, is a covered area with eighty-six column inspired in the Doric order, and supporting the upper square. The slight outward inclination of the outer columns and the undulating profile of the upper part, which projects out over them, accord the Hypostyle Room a fundamental role in the formal main entrance composition of Park Güell.
Another must visit place is the market called Encants Vells (which means “old charms”), also known as the Mercat de Bellcaire, one of the oldest flea markets in Europe and dates back to the 14th Century.
The emblematic mirrored canopy houses 500 stalls; a mixture of junk shop, antiques fair, jumble sale and old school market all rolled into one.
We also had time to wander around the center of the old city called Gothic Quarter (Barrio Gótico) where you can see things you won’t see anywhere. Like this cool graffiti (except the traffic sign…)
I hope you have enjoyed our cultural visit as much as we did.