Thursday, 4 August 2016

El Masnou to Barcelona...

The night before we were supposed to leave we thought "but we are so close to Barcelona" so again we made a last minute booking and in the morning drove to El Masnou, which is a hop skip and a jump from Barcelona. When we arrived we found a place to park, which was quite tricky as the whole town is basically built on a super steep hill. After navigating the hot downhill slope to the beach, we were all so excited to swim in the calm crystal blue water. The beach was lined with these cute little beach bars with playgrounds and trampolines right beside them, so the parents could relax and eat tapas while the kids play- novel concept. We checked into the apartment, the family that was hosting us was super nice, they had fun toys, a ladder in the living room, and an awesome balcony that was filled with bikes and scooters. We were having so much fun that we never ended up doing our day trip to Barcelona...but the night before we were leaving I thought...we have to go!!! Even though it was already six at night, we walked to the train station bought a few round trip tickets and thirty minutes later we were in the hustle and bustle of Barcelona! The kids had a blast running through giant bubbles and chasing pigeons, later we perused some shops and looked at the beautiful buildings. We were going to go for a nice last dinner but our bank card was not working, so we settled for the "the Catalan BBQ experience" which was basically hotdogs. It was getting pretty late so we headed back to the train station, it was chock-full of people that looked like they had been waiting a very long time. I asked someone what was going on and she said that a train had not come for hours as there was some sort of strike. Yikes. Lucky as she was just finishing her sentence a train pulled up, and it was our train- not even five minutes after we arrived. Phew. We had a very early morning ahead of us and a long drive, in fact Dan insisted we talk the non toll route home so it tacked on another four hours to the already long 10 hour drive. I can't complain, the kids slept most of the way home and the little towns we drove through were absolutely stunning. Well...that wraps up the end of our magical road trip, Angelina made it 3500km and such wonderful memories were made.

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