Sunday, February 12, 2023
And half of our trip has already flown by. I guess I am not too surprised. It's usually how it goes, but been having a lot of fun so far so no real complaints. The days leading up to our departure were of course hectic but the work presentation in New Jersey went well and we made it back to our CT office just a tad before 4pm which wasn't bad. Was able to repack what I needed that night and work the next morning went relatively smooth. Logged off around 11am and we headed to the airport. The ride to Boston was ok as well, no crazy traffic thankfully. We arrived nice and early and had to wait for a bit for the check in counters to open but that meant we were first in line so really not so bad. And the security lines weren't bad either. Boston really is a much more calm airport compared to all of the New York ones. Hung out at Legal Seafoods for a while before boarding.
The TAP flight from Boston to Lisbon was uneventful. Didn't get a lot of sleep so the layover in Lisbon seemed to drag on forever but we eventually made it to Barcelona and to our hotel. The metro system here is really efficient and our 72 hour pass has worked out really well.
Thursday when we got here we made our way to La Rambla, which is one of the main drags/shopping streets in the city. Walked all the way up and down and also had a delicious tapas lunch at Nuria. Later hung out in Plaça Reial which is a pretty square with tons of palm trees. It is lined with cafes and restaurants. Perfect place for people watching.
Friday we started with a tour of Barcelona Cathedral followed by wandering around Barrio Gótico, the gothic quarter. Lots of narrow alleyways and neat streets to get lost in. Walked around for a while and eventually had another delicious tapas lunch. Later we walked to the Hard Rock Cafe for some drinks and from there decided to check out the Picasso Museum which was also pretty neat.
And yesterday, Saturday, we toured Sagrada Familia in the morning - what a neat experience - and from there made our way to Park Guell. What a hike to get there, so much uphill walking. But it did end up being worth it I would say. Definitely some nice views and the park has a bunch of neat whimsical structures that I really enjoyed. Definitely got our exercise/steps in during our time here. :)
After the park we headed back downtown and had some drinks back in Plaça Reial followed by some garlic shrimp & pizza before heading back to the hotel.
This morning we are just packing up our stuff and will head back to the airport around 11.30am. to catch our flight to Lisbon. Three more nights in Lisbon before we return to the US on Wednesday (15th)
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