So I'm sure you all were enthralled and amazed by my mother's ability to "sneak in" to the VIP section at the fireworks at the Capitol on the 4th this year. To say the least, I have to admit I was a bit jealous, because 4th of July has to be one of my favorite holidays; but my Mom kindly reminded me, "Well, you were in Europe." Indeed I was, Mom, and would have to say that I rather enjoyed my unconventional 4th of July in Barcelona, Spain.
A little background info before I get too wrapped up...one of my best friends, ever since the 1st grade, got a Mediterranean cruise as a gift for college graduation. Pretty sweet gift, no? The best part is that I was selected as the friend to tag along on this wondrous adventure. I had never been to Europe before, so we've been talking about this trip ever since last October. Well, it finally came!
Our first stop on our Eurotrip was Barcelona, and all I have to say is that in my second life, I'm going to return to Earth and live in Spain. Barcelona is amazing!!
The 4th of July was our second day in Barcelona (third if you count the day we slept in our hotel room after 20 hours of traveling). Barcelona is a very walkable city, so there was no need for us in-shape 22-year-olds to take the Metro or a cab on our all-day adventures.
We grabbed lunch at the Placa Reial, strolled along the beach in Barceloneta (talk to me another time about my European beach experiences!!!), took the Transborador Aeri across the port to Montjuic (and a tram over the Mediterranean is truly an experience), and spent the afternoon into evening exploring the mountain. That came with, lots, and lots, and lots of walking. I have 6 blisters on my left foot to prove it.
After seeing the Castel de Montjuic (which was used as a war prison), the gardens, and the Olympic Stadium from the 1992 games, we finally decided to take a break outside of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. MNAC is famous for its exhibits of Catalonian art, but even more so for the fountain that sits outside, La Font Mágic, or Magic Fountain. The fountain performs daily for visitors with different patterns, waterfalls, etc.
Little did we know that as the sun goes down, a more-than-colorful light display illuminates the water and Celine Dion recordings play to accompany the fountain's wooshes. So we had a 4th of July, in a foreign country, complete with a pseudo-fireworks display!! Definitely one of the highlights of my time in Barcelona, even though it's a city that I could go on and on and on about (as you can see).
Thank you all for stopping by today; please drop by again tomorrow to hear about Valletta, Malta, home to the movie sets of "Troy" and "Gladiator"!!! (And I bet you didn't know that).