Barcelona: A Luminious Short Visit

On June 28th morning, we were supposed to fly to Madrid, 2nd destination of our city hopping journey in Europe, but Ryan Air canceled more than 100 flights from and to Bevenue Airport in Paris due to certain strike, until now I still don’t know what kind of strike.

So, we tried to find another option to reach Madrid but the flight ticket fares really beat us. We gave up Madrid and bought Megabus tickets to Barcelona for that morning departure.

After checking out, we went straight to Megabus station near Gare de Bercy by metro. The bus departured at 9.00 am with arrival time at 00.00 am.

 

 

Since we arrived so late that night, we took taxi as advised by the hostel. The fare was Eur 10 only. The taxi fare in Spain is quite cheap compared to other countries in Europe.

I did make a new room reservation too for a night of additional stay at Diagonal House in Barcelona. The private double room was unavailable anymore. Good thing was, they still got available bunk beds for a night. Lucky us, we could move early into our reserved private double room the next morning because the guests before us already checked out.

I was really glad I picked Diagonal House. The location is pretty much near the subway station and some attractions are also in walking distance. They have nice kitchen and cute reading room, and the reception staffs were helpful too.

 

 

How I Fell In Love With Barcelona

Exploring Barcelona with metro and FGC trains is the easiest. And there’re some places that we could reach by foot too.

The weather was so much nicer compared to Paris during our visit, so walking during fasting that day was not really tough for us.

 

 

 

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Tibidabo Mountain

Transportation:
L7 train of FGC from Diagonal station to Tibidabo station
Tramvia Blau: Round trip tickets Eur 10
Funicular: Round trip tickets Eur 7.7

 

From the FGC station, we took tramvia blau to reach Mount Tibidabo. Eur 5.5 for a single ride

From the FGC station, we took tramvia blau to reach Mount Tibidabo. Eur 5.5 for a single ride

 

The views from inside the funicular

The views from inside the funicular

 

The views from inside the funicular

The views from inside the funicular

 

 

 

Gorgeous interiors of Expiatori Del Sagrat Cor

Gorgeous interiors of Expiatori Del Sagrat Cor

 

 

 

Ti. Bi. Da. Bo. . . . #latepost #tibidabo #barcelona

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Barcelona viewed from Mount Tibidabo. . . . #tibidabo #barcelona #lilinbarcelona #europetrip #wanderlust

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Basilica I Temple Expiaatori La Sagrada Familia

 

The location of this church is not really far from Diagonal House, so we decided to visit this place after all other spots before coming back to the hostel.

From the Diagonal station, we walked for about 10 minutes with the guidence of maps.me.

When we arrived at the park just in front of the church, I was like “Wah too bad this church is under construction, the pictures will be with the construction ornaments then.”

Actually it was not only under construction, but it has been always under construction since 1882 and expected to be finished in 2026, on the 100-year anniversary of Gaudi’s death.

So…I’ll see you again in 2026?

 

 

 

 

Street Photos around Barcelona

Street Photos around Barcelona

 

We had to leave Barcelona on our 2nd morning for the next destination, Rome, the 3dr city to be visited in Europe.

Diagonal House helped us to arrange shuttle service (with large space for our baggages) to send us to the airport with fare Eur 26 only. Ryanair was so kind for letting us have an extra checked baggage free of charge, we were so confused in beginning but we later enjoyed it.

We had a wonderful day wandering around Barcelona, a little bit healed my wounded heart. But Madrid won’t go anywhere, so I will make another journey to Spain next time.

The next post will not only tell about Rome, but also the story of 4 other cities in Italy, stay tuned!

 

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