Day 5 // Barcelona…from the Mountains to the Sea

Another beautiful and warm day here in Barcelona!

finally went for a run in the hotel gym (s/o to my cross country girls at practice back home).  Until today I haven’t been able to get myself up early enough to go workout, and by the time we get back  from sight seeing I’m too tired (or too lazy) to get up and get it done.  I actually have never really used a treadmill before-only been outside on runs by myself or with my team-and while it was kind of nice being the only one in the gym-it became incredibly boring.  After about 4 miles I was so over it.  I did some push ups, sit ups, jumping jacks, blah blah

Wandered around, ate a kiwi, which by the way are SO GOOD here (lol random, but I had to mention kiwis somewhere); I don’t know if Spain is known for this fruit in particular or something, but seriously best ones I’ve ever had.  I think I eat like 3 a day now lol.  Met my dad in the cafe around 9am, and decided to go explore the mountain region together! Mom and little sister were still fast asleep, and they’re not exactly the “hiking and nature” kind of people.  Barcelona does not really ‘wake up’ until around 11am, so there were not that many people out, which was nice.

We grabbed a map and hitched on the subwayIMG_1112We got out onto a metropolis area; I was slightly confused for a moment.  Then we made a quick turn to the left to see the Museu of Nacional d’Art de Cataluyna !

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IMG_1132This is where they filmed part of “Strut” for the Cheetah Girl’s movie ! 🙂

IMG_1142 IMG_1146Then went to the top!

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dad getting artsy

dad getting artsy

IMG_1163Breathtaking view

IMG_1168So this point marked the base of the mountain, or Montujïc.  Our plan was to get to the top where Montujïc Castle sits.

IMG_1171 IMG_1172 IMG_1173We walked until we hit the main road, and then veered off into the trail side of the hill, leading to the botanical gardens walk.  I felt like I was walking through Narnia.

IMG_1174 IMG_1177 IMG_1178 IMG_1179 IMG_1180 IMG_1185 IMG_1186It is really easy to get [wonderfully] lost here, you really have to watch out for the signs! Although I thought it was a pretty perfect place to be lost.  The trail eventually outputted us on the main road, runners and bikers were everywheree.  We walked a little more until we hit the cable car, or the ski lift to the castle!

IMG_1190 IMG_1192 IMG_1210Then we made it!

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Montjuïc Castle

signature pose

signature pose

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We wandered around for a bit, and then hitched the gondola back down to where we started. Then we had to find another cable car to get from that point of the mountain to the port!  We hiked a couple of hills to realized we were lost lol, but we happened to run by the Olympic shooting range!

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IMG_1212We eventually got there

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estoy feliz :)

estoy feliz 🙂

IMG_1224After all this walking, running, and hiking I treated myself to not one, but two different gelatos today…haha oh well 😛

By the time we got back to our hotel it was only about 11:30-12, and my mom and sister were just getting down for ‘breakfast’.  Since we did most of the city walking yesterday we hit the beach! 🙂  We went a little off the main drag to avoid the busy tourist crowds, as recommended by some strangers my dad had become friends with, but it was still pretty packed!  Too much of a perfect day to miss.

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I look like I'm about to sneeze..but oh how I missed the Med beaches

I look like I’m about to sneeze..but oh how I missed the Med beaches

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The Med water is so blue and clear.  Then we ate and relaxed at a local seaside restaurant

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traditional spanish paella

traditional spanish paella

A lot of pictures and not a lot of words! But I hope you enjoyed them 🙂 haha.  Tonight was our last night in Catalunya :(, and although I’m so torn about leaving I’m excited for our travels tomorrow!

P1010208BUT you’ll have to read tomorrow to find out where we’re headed 😉 and subscribe if you want<3

Me gusta mucho Barcelona, el sol, y la playa

Me gusta mucho Barcelona, el sol, y la playa

Much love,
Maddi

2 thoughts on “Day 5 // Barcelona…from the Mountains to the Sea

  1. christinajavete says:

    Wow! Amazing, amazing photos and city! ❤ That water looked sooo refreshing too! =) You're so lucky to go on this amazing trip! I look forward to seeing more!! =)

    • Maddi says:

      awh thank you! you are always so sweet and it makes me smile haha 🙂 Its easy to reply but making posts is difficult with pictures! and without them i dont think the reader will get the full effect. ill post soon!

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