On Friday night we returned from an 8 day adventure in London and Barcelona.

We’d been dying to go back to Spain after our first visit on our honeymoon 4 years ago. We choose to begin our vacation in London because it was the cheapest route to Europe.

Our trip got off to a slow start due to some mechanical problems with our plane. What was supposed to be a 2 hour stopover in Detroit turned into 7 HOURS. The Detroit airport is surprisingly lovely and the airline staff was really nice about it, offering us meals, unlimited snacks at the gate and future discounts, but still, it was an excruciating wait.

With the change in time zones, this made what was already going to be a long day, even longer. We’d lost nearly a whole day of sightseeing due to the delay. When we finally checked into our hotel on Canary Wharf, we just had dinner and called it a day.

After a good night’s rest (and then some, I think I slept for about 12 hours straight) we finally got out to see London. Over the next few days we would see lots of Londony things: Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square and Westminster Abby. We took a tour of the Tower of London, drank lots of tea and sampled the british national dish: Chicken Tikka Masala

Of course, we also shopped. We went to Knightsbridge and then Oxford and Regent Streets. We actually didn’t buy much, but I can tell you this: Harrods has a lovely restroom.

Then we hopped on another plane enroute to Barcelona.

I love this city.

I love so many things about it – the food, the architecture and the language, just to name a few.

My favourite building here is Casa Batllo.

One day during our visit, we took a train inland and then a very scary cable car ride to Montserrat. The view was spectacular and the air smelled like juniper and pine. After spending time in noisy cities, the peace and quiet up there was refreshing.

Our final stops were Gaudi’s Park Guell and the Sagrada Familia.

It’s projected this cathedral, which as been under constuction since 1882, should be complete by 2026 – 100 years after Gaudi’s untimely demise.

I’d love to see it when it’s done. It’s an incredibly unique building and makes every other cathedral I’ve ever seen seem dull.

As much as I enjoyed our time away, I am glad to be home again. No matter how cozy a hotel room is, nothing beats sleeping in our own bed.

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