(and apologies for the Photoshop work above; it was an idea of Dreamer’s that made me chuckle)
We had such a great time there Halloween weekend, and there is still so much more to do. By the way, Halloween is very much a thing here now. Lots of people in Barcelona in their costumes all day on 10/31 and 11/1 in the metro and on the street. Another American export the world can thank us for!
Dreamer is writing about all the cool architecture we saw and I’m taking a stab at everything else here. Let it be said that we only scratched the surface and will be returning very soon to scratch some more activities off of our to do list.
We started our first morning at the Mercat de Sant Josep, another one of those open-air markets composed of vendor stalls like you see on Travel Channel shows. This one did not disappoint. They had everything under the sun, even though most vendors were also smart enough to know they were catering to tourists.
We did decide to skip the Erotic Museum in this district. Props to their great marketing, though.
For another thing, I think we all remember the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Wikipedia even remembers their mascot – can’t say that about yours truly! In any case, the former Olympic Park is on top of Montjuïc, a beautiful place I’m sad to say it took us until the end of our trip to finally visit, despite being rather close to our hotel. I also found out this is the home of the “Magic Fountain” – unfortunately learning on Monday that there are only shows Friday and Saturday. Oh, well, something else for next time.
Furthermore, there are lots of young people in Barcelona. This hip vibe meant no shortage of fun stuff to do outside of the normal sites. For example, we read about a great tiki bar on – where else? – Critiki. Best name for a tiki review site ever, right? [By the way, to our Florida family Driller and Thriller… yours is a nearly perfect 9.8, #1 in the world and the reason why we absolutely had to go the last time we visited :)]
Anyway, Kahala was a super fun place on Halloween and the night before. We are usually not people to repeat an activity in a city with so many “punchies” but this one definitely was deserving.
In fact, there is of course a thriving night life in Barcelona. And even when those bars are closed on days like All Saints Day, they’re still cool to walk by.
Plenty of other great spots to grab an honest cocktail, too.
Like us, I’m sure you’ll feel this post barely scratched the surface of Barcelona. Stay tuned for Dreamer’s takes on all the cool architecture we saw this trip, and stay tuned for our return someday soon!