this photo of samson cracks me up so much because he was like, mama, take a picture of me in the air. and then this serious face with the arms folded was not what i was expecting as he jumped! life is so fun with you, samson rex davis!
we are currently in mallorca, spain! it’s gorgeous here and i never wanna leave. haha. but i wanted to share the rest of our barcelona photos with you today since i had time to share! such a beautiful city that we loved getting to explore. so many photos, so apologies in advance for all the scrolling!
i ordered paella every chance i could! it was delicious everywhere, but i guess my palette loves the (american?) version with the yellow saffron more. maybe it’s because it’s what i grew up with and fell in love with as a little girl, but i swear my dad’s homemade paella is still my favorite. :)
our kids are such good negotiators and josh and i are such suckers for giving in! they saw these flashing light things someone was selling on the street that you can propel into the air and they spin back down. well, fortunately josh is also a good negotiator and got the price down since we were buying three of them. we then planted ourselves right there for at least twenty minutes while they played with them. it was worth it. a really fun moment for us.
i’ve been working hard to stay away from all my sugary loves this trip, but i did take a time out to try the churros and chocolate from xocoa petritxol and they were so good! it was worth the time out for the evening.
loved attending la festa major de gracia (a festival around passieg de gracia) taking place in the city. it had such a sweet interactive art installation made out of pretend food! my kids loved it.
church on sunday in barcelona! always so fun for us to visit our church when we travel, even when it’s in a city where the meeting is held in a different language. i’ve learned it doesn’t matter, we’re all just imperfect people trying to better ourselves and develop our faith and love for our heavenly father and savior and all those around us.
and funny side note story— we called 2 taxis afterward for our family and i don’t know what happened but it was an absolute fail and we ended up waiting over an hour for just one to show. fortunately there was a tiny playground nearby so the kids were happy, but after i got into the first taxi with conrad and samson, josh and eleanor waited another twenty minutes before deciding to go find a metro. we all should have just looked for the metro straight away together! but we kept thinking, “any minute now!” lol. good times.
the christopher columbus statue!
samson’s face in this photo! he was very sad to learn the toy stores were closed.
we’ve been trying to keep the kids on NYC time this trip. we usually try to adjust to the current timezone straight away but since dinner here in spain usually happens very late in the evening, we figured we’d love to try to experience the nightlife a bit and stay out in the evenings (which is still late afternoon back in nyc). it’s also been nice to keep them a bit on their usual schedule since we start school in nyc in a few weeks and i’d hate for them to be all out of whack when we return to the city. so we’ve had slow mornings sleeping in and then a few exciting nights staying out very late, all on our nyc time.
eleanor’s face here!!! my family makes me so very happy.
we went to chok, which was highly recommended by so many of you! the kids enjoyed some of their chocolate dipped cookies!
didn’t try these, but i did take a bunch of photos of them because they were so pretty!
trying patatas bravas!
we spent a little time at the sagrada familia which was absolutely beautiful inside. we had purchased tickets in advance but they closed the towers during our time in barcelona so no one could go up. a little bit bummed because it was one of the things i was most excited about seeing as i hear it’s beautiful and the views of barcelona are also unreal from up there. i guess it gives us a reason to hopefully come back someday. ;)
all of their faces here are killing me!
showing me the photo she just took of the stained glass windows behind her! we’ve made a few little books with the kids instax photos. they’ve taken so many great shots during this trip for some more books, which will be fun for them to look back on! they have such great eyes and perspectives at this age!
finding all the bugs and caterpillars and butterflies on this gaudi door at the entrance to the sagrada familia.
such a fun few days exploring an incredible city. and continuing to send all of our love their way. thank you for being so good to us, barcelona!
stay tuned for more from mallorca soon!