The Vibrant City of Barcelona

Barcelona has always been my wife’s dream destination and, as excited as I was about another travel adventure, my expectations of the city were low. “It’s no Paris,” I thought to myself. However, each time we mentioned to someone that we were going to Barcelona, we were met with unending enthusiasm, and now I understand why.

Bright Tiled Walls in Barcelona Spain
Gaudi House Church at Park Guell in Barcelona
Cascada Fountain at Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona
Umbracle Greenhouse at Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona Spain

Within just a few hours of being in Barcelona, we were in love. It’s difficult to explain the charm of the city; how the modern and gothic can live alongside one another, how there’s no such thing as a bad meal, how the jamon itself is worth the trip (oh, the jamon!), how there are beaches, parks the size of a small town, and the nearly mythical Sagrada Familia. To say it quickly became our favorite European city is an understatement. “We could live here,” my wife and I found ourselves saying several times throughout the trip.

La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona Spain Under Construction
Ornate Details at La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona Spain
Doorknob in Barcelona
Park Guell in Barcelona Spain
Stone Pillars at Park Guell in Barcelona Spain
Barcelona from Above

Not that you would want an escape from Barcelona, but if you do, the idyllic beach town of Sitges is just an hour outside of the city and makes for a great day trip. Make sure to get a window seat on the train ride to the city. You’ll be happy you did as you pass the various small towns, falling into the sea. Sitges is a laid-back and picturesque European beach town, known for their thriving gay and lesbian community. Spend a day at the beach, sunning topless, if you dare, and face the best dilemma anyone could have: whether to spend a few more hours lazing at the shore or head back to Barcelona for tapas and a pitcher of sangria. Whatever you decide, you won’t be sorry.

Tree Lined Street in Sitges Spain
Streets of Sitges Spain
Sunny Skies on the Beach in Sitges Spain


Danielle Aquiline is a constant state of wanderlust. Between travels, she is a college professor and a part-time lifestyle photographer in Chicago, IL. She is always searching for the next adventure.



  1. Lisa Pires Avatar

    I feel exactly the same, it’s my favourite spot in the world. You can’t really describe it, just feel it while you are there. Easy to fall in love with the place! You have captured it beautifully in these photos, I particularly love the first one. Travelling up the coast is just stunning, so many small quaint towns to visit! Thank you for sharing your photos!

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