our road trip from barcelona to monaco was a pretty epic family trip. (as i noted back here,) we learned pretty quickly that the season of life we are in is just not super conducive to adventures that include sleeping in a new place almost every night and spending good chunks of time in a car :) the first few days of the trip were just exhausting - we just hadn't quite hit our traveling-with-a-toddler-and-a-newborn stride. but we got there! and ended up having a truly great time exploring, learning, and making family memories.
our two week trek started with a couple of days in beautiful barcelona. we saw some quirky amazing gaudi architecture, wandered the streets of the gothic quarter, found some edible treasures at la boqueria, and were stunned by the stained glass in sagrada familia. i have to say that my favourite part of our barcelona time was the two hours i had to explore by myself while ian hung out at the hotel with our two sleeping babies. it was just pretty exhilarating to take in the wonders of the city toddler and baby (and husband! ha!) free.
^^ views from the top of the towers of sagrada familia. ^^
^^ moses is obsessed with letters, and whenever he sees them he very enthusiastically points at them and starts (loudly) singing the abc song. this door was heaven for him! i love this picture that ian snapped on his iphone, and this hidden piece of art with a little-bit-hidden message. ^^
^^ there were a lot of frozen treats purchased during our time in barcelona. it was sooo hot! and this playground across the street from sagrada familia was a bit of a godsend. and awesome. ^^
from barcelona, we drove to the tiny country of andorra and then down to the southern coast of france. to be continued...!