One of the best places for kids is the legendary Park Guell by Gaudi. We went on midday in the scorching sun so you may want to go a little later to enjoy the stroll more but it was definitely worth taking the kids through the colourful walls. Please watch them closely though as there are so many people and you could lose track of them.
The whole place looks cartoonish with its bright colours and sloped roofs and leaning columns. Fortunately they are doing major renovations to once again being out the colour.
A definite must see and another Gaudi masterpiece being beautifully restored is Sagrada Familia. It may look like a melted wax candle but if you look closely you can see it is highly detailed. You can appreciate how much work was put into it. Hopefully with the restoration there will be bright colours to highlight the structure.
Travel tip: Take the Hop on Hop off bus so you can see more of Barcelona without having to trouble yourself with parking. Oh and watch your wallet! Some of the best pickpockets are in Barcelona.
The main reason for our Barcelona trip was a lovely wedding celebration at Hospital de Sant Pau which was donated by a very rich businessman in the 1900’s and still serves as a hospital.
Its beautiful arches and moorish accents make for a perfect blend into the night sky. I am sure this would be a great place to recover from any ailments you may have.
I just had to share some the tapas they served during the wedding… they were so cute! Newspaper rolls stuffed with beef tartar and patatas bravas. Yum! Michelin Star chef indeed!
A great place for breakfast is Brunch & Cake. It may be more for adult tastes though than children so perhaps just going in for dessert may be better for kids.
LONDON and ENGLAND
Nothing is more iconic than the red telephone booth! So glad to see my son again we miss him so much now that he is studying abroad.
We visited a beautiful farm in the countryside that felt like being in Downtown Abbey! The fresh milk in the morning was amazing! Home made scones at tea time is a dream come true! I am ready for supper Mr. Carson! Sorry it’s a private estate so won’t be able to share any more details.
Road trip start: Gordes
How we got there: Flight from London to Marseille International Airport then pick up Europcar from rental lot across.
Where we stayed: Les Mas Des Romarins Good breakfast and Two large beds for a big family!
The main reason for coming was to see the beautiful lavender fields of Provence, specifically the Abbey Senanque
Travel tip: Take the V Class Mercedes van to fit all the luggage! (My husband actually packed the car…I was just helping him haha)
Sadly it was not the right season for Lavender (August is a better time) but we still had an amazing view of this old medieval town.
Road trip stop 2: Annecy
Where we stayed: Le Loges de annecy which served an amazing breakfast of all the best of the local produce like baguettes, croissants, cheeses butters, juices and milk in generous portions! We took half of it with us for little picnics at the parks!
Travel tip: There are parking lots underneath the old town which brings you right among the walkways and canals.
This should be called the little Venice of France actually with its beautiful canals and brightly coloured buildings along the banks. They should probably have their own gondolas as well as it opens up to a large lake where you can also take a river cruise. Just watch out for lots of bugs in July! (They should treat the water perhaps)
Well that’s all for now! We will finish the road trip on the next final post!