A weekend trip to Barcelona

We just came back from a (long) weekend break in Barcelona, and I really wanted to jot down a few notes about our trip  – it was so great!

We took the night train from the centre of Paris down to the Spanish border and did one switch onto a train direct into the centre of Barcelona. It was cool – imagine falling asleep in Paris and waking up to the view of the Med. The train was certainly not the Orient Express – but it was a real adventure. l loved lying in my little berth listening to the train whistle through the night!

We stayed at possibly the best place in Barcelona to stay with kids – a boutique youth hostel. Casa Gracia is right in the centre of Barcelona, we were able to walk everywhere. It is beautifully decorated, the rooms have up to 6 beds which is perfect for a family and there is a kitchen if you feel like you want to quickly cook some pasta. If you don’t feel like cooking, you can join in on the evening buffet meal. A huge breakfast is included in the price of the room. It was so relaxed and easy!

We took the kids to the Parc Guell which was an instant hit. I had brought along some water colours so we spent the afternoon painting the view, the mosaics or whatever we felt like painting. The next day we spent the day wondering La Rambla and getting lost in the Bari Gothic with its tiny medieval streets. On the 3rd day we walked as fast as we could to the beach and soaked up the sun, the sand and the water. Wearing a bathing suit on a beach in Europe at the beginning of November is pretty special! We had a late lunch at a cute restaurant overlooking the beach, and then we picked up our bags, jumped on a train, had dinner in the very cute and sleepy town of Cerbère on the French/ Spanish boarder, jumped on another train and woke up in Paris again!

– Emilie

PS. I just found out there is a night train that goes directly from Paris to Venice, so there might be another trip soon on the cards…

PPS The photos above are: the view over Barcelona from the Parc Guell/ a house designed by Gaudi/ Violette concentrating very hard on a water colour in the Parc Guell/ jumping in the waves in Barcelonetta.

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1. Marta ABB | November 14, 2013 | Reply

I’m glad you enjoyed Barcelona! Park Güell is one of my favourite parks in Barcelona, and Gaudí one of my favourite artists, I love his buildings in Paseo de Gracia, Casa Batlló is so full of meanings, it’s unbelievable!

2. Esther in Amsterdam | November 14, 2013 | Reply

I wish we could have come with you — it looks like you had such an amazing time. And what a great idea to bring watercolours to Parc Guell!! xxxx

3. Lara | November 14, 2013 | Reply

Emilie,
my mother has just come back from a long week-end in Venice and told me she kept on thinking how much fun the kids would have splashing in the high water!
Doesn’t that sound tempting?
If you go, bring wellies!!
x
Lara

4. Courtney in London | November 14, 2013 | Reply

Your trip looks so amazing! I’m really wanting a trip to Barcelona.
Let’s do our next Babyccino work weekend there!! xx

5. Emilie | November 14, 2013

I could not agree more. I was running around Barcelona thinking just that! xx

6. Stacy Ragueneau | November 14, 2013 | Reply

I have taken the night train to venice several times it is GREAT! Perhaps the best night train trip in Europe :There is nothing like coming out of the train stain into the middle of Venice…
Just a personal tip: I like to take a plane home , especially if I work the next day…

7. Emilie | November 14, 2013

Ha, I will remember not to go to work the next day! I cannot wait to get on the Venice train, I am seriously researching it.

8. Gina | November 14, 2013 | Reply

I’m happy you enjoyed my city! :)

9. Gina | November 14, 2013 | Reply

(If you come back and want some tips or places to go, please ask me! @ginablasco on instagram)

10. Emilie | November 14, 2013

Thank you Gina, I most certainly will!

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