After the whirlwind of Rome and halfway through our trip we landed in Barcelona and what felt like another planet. It became immediately apparent that Barcelona does things differently. There was an overwhelming sense of calm and the whole city was wrapped in a chill vibe…moving slowly while still getting things done. Our guide Eduard welcomed us to his city with open arms and quickly taught us the Barcelona way of doing things. We drove to a location, filmed for a few hours, stopped off at a local restaurant or bar for tapas and a beer and then moved onto the next location. Everyone welcomed us with relaxed smiles and the biggest test of all was making sure we stayed on point and didn’t get swept away in friendly conversations…there was still lots of work to get done.
For four days we explored the city. We climbed the steps to the top of Sagrada Familia, soaked in the work of Antoni Gaudi at Park Güell and watched the sunset over the city beaches. We wined and dined in five star restaurants, mingled with locals and journeyed out of the city to wine country where we enjoyed the innovative flavors of the Torres vineyards. After a quick siesta in the van we worked our way to Montserrat. Montserrat is a beautiful Benedictine monk mountain retreat about one hour north west of Barcelona and home to the Royal Basilica of Montserrat. One of the most beautifully designed buildings I’ve ever stepped foot in.
Barcelona was a chance to recharge before moving on to our final two locations. I think it’s safe to say we all needed it. 10+ days on the road working from early morning to damn near midnight day-in-day-out takes it’s toll on anyone. Thanks for taking it easy on us Barcelona…kind of.
Rex found another cool vantage point while hiking through Park Güell.
The never-ending project. Sagrada Familia has been under construction for a long time and is not slated for completion in this decade.
Another epic scenic that Rex captured high above the city.
A local man sits patiently on his motorcycle waiting for the lights to cycle.
Delicious wine and incredible hospitality. Thank to Torres wine for inviting us into their home.
Shawn captured this photo on our last day in Barcelona and I feel it captures everything you need to know about Barcelona. Warm sun and chill vibes.
Are we ready for Amsterdam?