Surprise! We’re in Barcelona!

We’ve officially been traveling for a week! It has been so much fun, and by now were almost metro pros.
Oh and we’re in Barcelona, Spain! Surprise! We had 4 nights until we met Emily’s mom in Florence, so after brainstorming over a glass of wine, we booked a flight and here we are!
It is so beautiful- the architecture is incredible- where Paris is very elegant, Barcelona is whimsical and much more colorful- I absolutely love it. (See pics below)
After arriving last night in the pouring rain, it was finally sunny. We wandered down Las Ramblas, a famous street filled with shops and restaurants, and stopped for lunch down by the port. We got seafood paella (a rice dish with shrimp, scallops, and mussels), and a pitcher of sangria. It. Was. Amazing.
The pace of life here is so different. For example, we went out last night around 8 to grab a bite after we arrived. We walked by several restaurants only to find that nothing was open until 9 pm! Everything is much more leisurely, and open later. At 7 people are enjoying a drink. Dinner starts around 9ish, some bars don’t open till midnight, and some nightclubs don’t even open until 2am! Have to admit I kind of like the slow pace…and I could get used to daily siestas. 😉
Anyways it’s now 8 over here so I’m off to get ready for dinner! I’ve put some pictures below from our trip, including some from France. One from the light show at the Eiffel Tower in Paris (magical), one at the Musee D’orsay, and me and Em in Barcelona! And Las Ramblas.

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I’m Here!!!!

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We made it to Paris!! After only a few snafus figuring out the train and hostel (we bought an extra tix cuz we thought we lost one), we finally arrived. (An adorable French mom stopped us an showed us the way to the hostel).
Paris. Is. Beautiful. Everything anyone has told you, it’s true. Pictures don’t even begin to do it justice. We went to the Louvre today. Favorite sites were the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, and Venus statue. Even the rooms that house the art are insanely gorgeous.
Our diet so far has been mainly baguettes, macaroons, and croissants. 🙂 basically heaven.
Transportation was pretty easy- only on one crossroad did we choose to take the “eenie, meeny, miny, mo” approach- it turned out okay!
Haha anyways love and miss you all! We’re staying here through Sat, then it is on to Nice!