I love Barcelona!

That title pretty much sums up my feelings about the city.  It is amazing.  It is warm.  There are palm trees!  People have tattoos and piercings and dreadlocks.  There is really cool art everywhere you look!  People smile!  People of all ages adore children.  It is a clean city.  Tapas!  There is a beach!  A BEACH!  So yes, we had a wonderful time on vacation!  I would go there again and again and again…and again.

I missed writing on my blog.  I kept thinking that I wished I had my computer with me because of all the weird things that happened while we were there.  It was great family time though.

Here are my highlights of the trip…or at least the highlights you might enjoy reading about.

Men with no clothes on:  It is true.  Our happy little family was skipping along (or walking along) the boardwalk when from a distance I saw a man that was skin colored all over.  My first thought was, “Crazy man that is wearing nude colored speedos!”  Then he got closer….and closer…and closer.  Thank goodness I don’t wear my contacts or glasses because I fortunately didn’t see the dreaded you know what.  Little did I know that just a few hours later I would see TWO!  EW!!!!!!!!!!!  Two men in one of the busiest squares, walking around completely nude, for me and my precious eyes to see.  Let’s just say yuck and OH MY GOSH.  I won’t go into detail for your sake and also mine.

T@pless girls at restaurant: Yes, sitting right across from my stunned husband.  I understand the beaches are t@pless, but really?!?!  The restaurant on the beach as well?  Can’t a girl just enjoy her delish gazpacho without having to make sure her husband’s eyes aren’t wandering to the table behind her?  No no, actually Justin was really great and finally asked if we could leave because it was a bit uncomfortable. 

Allergic Reaction:  I had tuna.  It was yummy.  It made my lip swell.  An hour later I got a headache.  A few minutes later my face felt like it was on fire and also looked on fire (bright red).  Splotches everywhere.  Rash everywhere.  Justin bought medicine.  Fifteen minutes later….normal again.

Maisie is Scared of the Ocean:  Screamed bloody murder when I dipped her feet in the water and began to shake uncontrollably. 

Speaking of the beach…I actually didn’t mind the t@pless girls at all.  I appreciated it.  First of all, I don’t care what any of you Americans may say, it really isn’t a sexual thing.  Maybe for you, but not for Europeans…well, not anymore than a bikini is anyways.  Secondly, for any of you women who have low self esteems or bad body images (like myself) just go to one of these beaches and you will realize that women really do come in all shapes and sizes and if you find breasts that look like they do in the movies, then congratulations because I saw none. 

It was a great trip and those are just a few of my most memorable things that happened in Barcelona.  I didn’t even mention the amazing architecture (too boring for me to write about…but maybe Justin will).  Great great great trip!

Here are some pics!  I will try to put more in an album, but for now this will have to do!

Maisie sunbathing (under the umbrella)

Justin and Maisie taking a nap in the hammock.  It was so fun to have a hammock in the middle of the living room.  That is life I tell ya….

Us at Park Güella that Gaudi designed.  It was amazing. 

Maisie wants to style hair for a living…just like her mom.  Well, except that I don’t do it for a living….yet.

Du nuh du nuh…..We had fun at the aquarium.  It is the biggest one in Europe!  Maisie LOVED all the fish. 

Poor me and my allergic reaction.  This picture really doesn’t capture just how bright red my face was or how blotchy and rashy I got.  Oh well.  Use your imagination.  That is more fun anyways.

Justin took this picture.  The artwork is so cool in Barcelona.  I have to say that I am beginning to have an appreciation for street art, although I still don’t like it on old beautiful buildings.

So that is our trip!


  1. Donna on August 1, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Jen…it’s me Donna from California. I went to school in Spain in 1994. I remember the tapas immensely. Great food and incredible atmosphere. And the beaches, let’s just say that I PERSONALLY made everyone feel better about themselves when I decided to be European on the beach. Yep, it definately is not sexual or perverse. At least not from the Europeans. It is all in the minds of us crazy Americans. Glad you had fun.

  2. Mom on August 1, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    Wow! So glad you had such a wonderful time with incredible memories! Jen, it’s so refreshing to see your perspective of a healthy self image…I think Europe has been good for you :-). Love the pix! I can’t wait to see where you ‘land’ so I can come visit and experience some of this with you (altho…I think the ‘nude speedo’ thing would probably bug me).

  3. BevMomDuckduck on August 2, 2007 at 11:52 am

    oh my gosh! as usual you made the experience come completely alive in my imagination. thank you for the vicarious vacation. love you guys – beverly

  4. apriltgc on August 2, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    yeah – spain’s great 🙂 particularly barcelona – i LOVE the architecture there. after living on the coast for a year, we did an interview about the spanish beach thing that i thought you might enjoy reading. you can find it here: http://www.catapultmagazine.com/school-of-dress/article/on-mystery-curiosity-and-mediterranean

    definitely one of things that stood out for me was the body image thing as well – being reminded we truly do come in all shapes and sizes. a friend of mine once wrote an article about part of the problem in our culture being that we never see older people naked, so we are surprised to even see ourselves.

    anyway – see you soon! alleke liked the pics of maisie again 🙂

  5. Anne McClane on August 3, 2007 at 8:10 am

    Love the pics! I’m glad you had such a good time! I remember being at the beaches in southern France and lots of women were topless, but as you said, its not a sexual thing over there! Miss you!

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