Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Refreshing winter holiday!

Last week we had our winter holiday, and we went to Barcelona. As I expected, the weather was better and warmer than in Finland, but actually not terribly warm, yet. Sunglasses were useful, but so was a warm coat as well, since it was quite windy when we were there. The windy weather didn't bother us, though; there was so much to see and do there.

La Sagrada Família was even more gorgeous than I had expected. The basilica is pretty amazing on the outside, but the interior is absolutely breathtaking! Also La Ramblas(s) is very charming, and the market hall La Boqueria sells all kinds of things fresh, and all the items are laid very beautifully and invitingly. If you visit La Boqueria hungry, you will probably feel like buying everything you see there!

On our way back in the airplane, I thought of what kinds of tips I could give to people travelling abroad. One thing that instantly came to mind was that if it's possible, you should always buy tickets for tourist attractions in advance. Fortunately, we had purchased online tickets both to La Sagrada Família and to the Picasso Museum, and it was difinitely worth it! We saved a huge amount of time (and nerves) when we didn't have to queue for hours and hours.

Secondly: if it's possible, try to walk to places as much as possible. In my opinion, you see much more when you go to places on foot instead of using public transport or a taxi. And thirdly: if you intend to walk a lot, make sure you're wearing comfortable shoes!

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