On the Monday morning, 24 students and 3 members of staff arrived at Liverpool Airport bright and early, excited for our trip to Barcelona. After a short flight, we arrived in bright sunshine. We were greeted by our Travel Guide, Laurence and boarded the coach to transfer to our hotel, which was situated on the University Campus.
After a quick freshen up in our rooms, we took the metro to central Barcelona for a look around Placa Catalunya and some early shopping! The weather was warm and sunny, which was wonderful. After dinner, we returned to our hotel for a well-deserved rest!
On Tuesday, we had a walking tour of Las Ramblas and the Old Quarter, where we had a chance to admire the world famous architecture and some interesting graffiti. It was good to soak up the ambience of this vibrant city.
Our morning ended with a visit to La Boquería, an amazing market. We could buy fresh fruit, handmade chocolates and Spanish delicacies. Some students sampled the tapas: Amber impressed everyone by tucking into octopus! Then we were treated to some delicious “churros y chocolate”.
We visited a traditional tapas bar in the Gothic Quarter for lunch, then we found a spot to do some sketching. Later we visited the Picasso Museum and his paintings inspired us to get out our sketchbooks once more.
After dinner, we were back on the Ramblas for a traditional flamenco show. It was marvellous to experience this music and dance live, as it is so much a part of the Spanish culture.
On the Wednesday morning, our first visit was to the Sagrada Familia. We were all in awe of this incredible building, with its beautiful stained glass windows. When the sunlight shone through, the effects inside the church were stunning. Hearing the Ave Maria sung by nuns at midday added to the wonderful atmosphere.
After lunch, we took the metro and funicular train up to the Joan Miró museum. The controversial artwork here provoked a mixed response amongst our group and again there was time for sketching for our workbooks.
We took the cable car down to the Barcelonetta beach, where we relaxed in the late afternoon sunshine with ice creams and drinks. There was even time for some football!
Thursday, sadly, was our last day, but we were determined to make the most of it. We bought our souvenirs and gifts in the Placa Catalunya and had a last look around the Corte Ingles. Some of us made it up to the café on the top floor and took in the view over Barcelona.
Our final visit was to Parc Guell, where we marvelled at the artwork of Antonio Gaudi and enjoyed sitting out having a drink in the sunshine for one last time.
We fitted so much into our short visit to this wonderful city. So many of us would have liked to stay for longer! We certainly want to return!
Mrs Croft - Spanish Teacher