And welcome back to Tanya! She was MIA yesterday and I know she will fill us all in on the scoop when she is able!!
For now, it is great to read about her last few days in Barcelona, Spain!!
What great images! Back to Barcelona in a minute.
Today, I'm sitting here at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead, Long Island. Unlike my usual days here when I sit inside the lovely food court, I'm relaxing outside in the delightful sunshine!!
There are lovely tables and seating areas with comfy cushions and even outdoor fireplaces!
I'm sitting here under an umbrella writing away!
Don't get me wrong, I love hanging out at the barn and watching the girls, but I need to grab a little me time as well. Plus, I had to take care of a few returns for clothing I had picked up for the kids, that didn't fit (insert sad face).
Gianna has grown like a weed!! The kid is just about as tall as me!! Her foot size is bigger! WTH! She's also raiding my closet these days as well!
Kelsey has shot up as well - WHERE DID MY LITTLE, TINY BABIES GO?!
So, yesterday we had a little shopping excursion to Dover Saddlery in Huntingon, Long Island.
Gianna was on a spree with some birthday money she received from Grandma and Grandpa and Kelsey had money saved from her allowance.
They arrived with the list of items they planned to buy and Gianna had coupons and the pictures on her phone from the Dover website of the sale items. Trust me, they saved a great deal of money and still managed to leave with everything they wanted!!!
So proud of their frugality!! They have grown into very savvy shoppers!!!
Back to Barcelona!!! I'M SO JEALOUS CUZ!!! Did you check out Tanya's gorgeous pictures in her scoop of this amazing Spanish city!!
So, continuing with my living vicariously through my little cousin's travels this week, I'm going to treat you to another 16 for 2016 - this time about Barcelona.
16 Fun Facts About Barcelona, Spain
photo credit: spanish-town-guides.com
1. Barcelona is the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in the Kingdom of Spain.
2. Barcelona is located on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula, facing the Mediterranean Sea, on a plain approximately 3 miles wide limited to the west by the mountain range of Collserola, the Llobregat river to the southwest and the Besòs river to the north.
3. It is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea.
4. Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers.
5. The name Barcelona comes from the ancient Iberian Barkeno, attested in an ancient coin inscription found on the right side of the coin in Iberian script as Barkeno in Levantine Iberian script.
6. There has been speculation that the city may have been named after the Carthaginian general Hamilcar Barca, who was supposed to have founded the city in the 3rd century BC, but there is no evidence that Barcelona was ever a Carthaginian settlement.
7. The city is the country's second most populous municipality, with a population of 1.6 million within city limits and its urban area extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 4.7 million people.
8. Spain's capital is the seventh-most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, London, Madrid, the Ruhr area, Berlin, and Milan.
9. Historically, Barcelona was founded as a Roman city, in the Middle Age and became the capital of the County of Barcelona. After merging with the Kingdom of Aragon, Barcelona continued to be an important city in the Crown of Aragon as an economical and administrative center of this Crown and the capital of the Principality of Catalonia.
Sagrada Família (View of the Passion Façade (Western side) in September 2009 (construction cranes digitally removed) (photo credit: wikipedia.com)
10. Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural center and a major tourist destination.
11. Catalan modernista architecture (related to the movement known as Art Nouveau in the rest of Europe), developed between 1885 and 1950 and left an important legacy in Barcelona. Several of these buildings are World Heritage Sites.
12. The architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner in the city are particularly renowned and have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
13. One of Antoni Gaudi's best-known works is the unfinished church of the Sagrada Família, which has been under construction since 1882, and is still financed by private donations. Completion is planned for 2026.
14. The Barri Gòtic (Catalan for "Gothic Quarter") is the center of the old city of Barcelona. Many of the buildings date from medieval times, some from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona.
15.Barcelona was also home to Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion, which was esigned in 1929 for the International Exposition for Germany, but has come to be recognized as an iconic building that came to symbolize modern architecture as the embodiment of van der Rohe's aphorisms "less is more" and "God is in the details."
16. Barcelona has 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Ok so I just got a text from Gianna that all the kids at the barn are going swimming at one of the girl's grandma's house after riding today.
We did not bring bathing suits, so my kids are having a breakdown and are asking me to go buy them suits. Really? First of all, I can't just buy thee without each of them trying on the respective suits first. I can't....ok - let me get back to the barn to calm them down!!
Back atcha tomorrow.
Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: BARCELONA
What a City!
(Hello guys! Hola from Barcelona!!
Sorry I was MIA yesterday - there is a VERY VERY LONG story to go with that you are not gonna want to miss! But one that I have no time to tell....yet! Again so so sorry.
But the quick scoop is that we are in Barcelona. We arrived here 2 nights ago (here is a photo recap from Andorra) - I put it that way simply because I can't keep very good track of time while on vacation. I think it was Thursday evening that we arrived.
Barcelona is a very lovely and extremely happening city!
I will give you a sneak peak and then add lots lots more info at my very earliest opportunity.
Please understand I am a very very busy traveler and since I am also the tour guide and driver - I have no down time whatsoever until I lay in bed and totally ZONK out!!
outside of a great little vegan friendly cafe (c)travelincousins.com
Palau de la Musica Catalana (c) travelincousins.com
And here is an idea of what we have been doing and what we are going to be doing:
Day 8: Barcelona, Spain Activities: Wander La Rambla to the Mirador de Colón Return via the Plaça Reial and explore the neighboring Barri Gòtic with its central Catedral. Mercat de la Boqoueria La Pedrera/Casa Milà Parc de la Ciutadella Palau de la Musica Catalana
Day 9: Barcelona, Spain Activities: La Sagrada Família Casa Batlló Gràcia Parc Güell Waterfront
Okay guys we've gotta run! So much more to see and do....
And know that I still need to fill in the blanks from yesterday and so much more to show and tell - I WILL get to it!!