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.
Leaving Paris for Barcelona by Megabus that morning, these lovely windmills popped out on my window trying to heal my terrible broken heart after our flight to Madrid was canceled by Ryanair. . . . #latepost #windmills #fromparistobarcelona #bustrip #windowphotoshoot #lenovovibeshot #wanderlust #3weeksineurope #17cityhopping #traveldeeper
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.
The street view from our room window in Barcelona. Imagine you are there, feeling the wind blow on your face while you’re trying to connect your viewfinder with the outside scenery. . . . #latepost #windowphotoshoot #diagonalhouse #barcelona #spain #3weeksineurope #17cityhopping #traveldeeper #wanderlust
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.
During a fasting day in Barcelona, we mostly walked from one to other historical sites. Seeing a chair under the tree was like a kid finding a new toy ? 15-minute sit after every 10-15 steps was acceptable, right…right? . . . #latepost #chairundertree #barcelona #ilovewalking #3weeksineurope #spain #17cityhopping #traveldeeper #fastingholiday #wanderlust
That morning we spent some time to find this subway station before really heading to Tibidabo. The Diagonal House guy told us it wasn’t metro but FGC train that we had to take so yeah we went there, there and there trying so hard, asking so much but rarely found people that could speak English. Maps.me was the saviour! . . . #latepost #subwaystation #barcelona #spain #3weeksineurope #17cityhopping
So finally we were on the train heading to Tibidabo after such hassle on finding the station, then we entered the wrong ticketing entrance that was supposed to be FGC one instead of metro. They are in same area, by the way. And finally we had to buy second tickets lol fasting had really blurred our visions. . . . #latepost #fgctrain #barcelona #spain #traintrip #3weeksineurope #17cityhopping
L7 train of FGC from Diagonal station to Tibidabo station
Tramvia Blau: Round trip tickets Eur 10
Funicular: Round trip tickets Eur 7.7
Still about Tibidabo Mountain. Tibidabo Cathedral del Sagrat Cor is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica. The exterior and interior of this sacred building are so impressive that you must put this into your 1st-place-to-visit when you have travel plan to Barcelona. . . . #tibidabo #expiatoridelsagratcor #bar #lil #europetrip #wanderlust #lenovovibeshot
And there’s amusement park outside of the Tibidabo Cathedral del Sagrat Cor. So you can also take your kids to Mount Tibidado. Not so difficult, you can reach the area by Line 7 of FGC train to AV Tibidabo and take the tramvia to the cable car stop. But you need to pay the amusement park ticket. I will post on my blog with more details later. . . . #tibidabo #amusementpark #barcelona #lilinbarcelona #europetrip
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?
Adaptive reuse of some historic buildings in Barcelona is so common. Even though the owners change the functions to apartements and hotels, they try to keep the original historic features. Hmmm…I feel like wanna stay at a flat that used to be a castle. . . . #latepost #adaptivereuse #barcelona #spain #historicbuilding #wanderlust #3weeksineurope #17cityhopping #lenovovibeshot
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!