IAD - JFK - Madrid - Barcelona - train - metro - walk.
It was quite an ordeal to get to our lovely apartment, but we made it, backpacks and all! I was most excited about this day for several reasons - one, we had finally made it to Spain after years of talking about it and 2 - my wonderful friend Emily and her husband were meeting us there from England! Timing was perfect - as we arrived at the apartment, they came walking up from the other direction!
Once we dropped the luggage off and freshened up a bit, tour guide M took us off to get some delicious tapas for lunch at Pura Brasa.
While Emily ate her hamburger, the rest of us had calamari, scrambled eggs, blood sausage, grilled fish and more. A few pitchers of sangria and tons of food later, we wandered off to explore.
We happened upon this great market, right around the corner from where we were having lunch!
After the market, we wandering around this square a bit, stopped for a quick espresso recharge, and then headed towards the beautiful museum.
The Museo Nacional d'Art de Catalunya is beautiful and very grand. It's housed in the former "Palau Nacional" at the foot of Montjuïc. We didn't care to go in, but did walk up to the doors for the view back down the hill.