So we totally failed at staying awake until 1am and ended up going to bed at 11 for a chance to grab an hours sleep. Driving over to Luton was trouble free and the coach we got over to Gatwick was totally empty so I was able to fully recline and grab another 45 minutes sleep whilst Adam was on his iPad.
The timing was perfect as once we got to the airport, through security and grabbed our boots meal deal we only had about 20 minutes before we headed to the gate.
Unfortunately once boarded on the plane we were stuck on the runway and delayed for 50 minutes. It was a bit frustrating however made slightly better by the fact we had the front row seats therefore a lot of leg room and no one next to us either.
Once it finally headed off the journey was short, with the wind on our side we even arrived only 15 minutes later than meant to and we both even managed to grab half an hour of sleep on board.
The airport was easy to navigate and we were boarding the metro away from the airport by 11am. The metro trip was made more pleasing by the presence of a trumpet player who kept the whole carriage entertained throughout.
We arrived at our hotel which is on one of the central streets of Barcelona so a fantastic location. Luckily we had made a note of the number as the entrance would have been so easily missed otherwise as there is no sign.
We found we couldn't check in yet which was a bit of a pain in the arse, I really wanted to change and get refreshed! It was 28 degrees and very hot despite being overcast so we were a bit sweaty. The receptionist was friendly though and we were able to leave our suitcases and go to the toilet.
We headed out to the Palau de musica catalana for a guided tour. It is a beautiful concert venue with a rich history and the lady who took the tour was funny and informative. The building featured absolutely beautiful stained glass windows and gorgeous tiling. Adam gave it 8/10!
The tour lasted an hour so afterwards we headed back to the hotel for our much needed freshen up. The hotel is nice. The room is clean, modern and a moderate size. The bathroom has a huge shower and we also have a fridge in our room should we need it.
We were late to our lunch reservation due to the fact that the metro doesn't quite run as often as the one in London, we had a 15 min wait for the next train.
However when we arrived we were seated swiftly on the terrace where we had an amazing meal. Check out the photo to see our view! We shared a sausage and green bean paella which came out in a huge paella dish which Adam served us up. It was absolutely delicious. We had some wine and beer and finished off the meal with a slice of apple crumble tart.
We then went to see the church of the sagrada familia. It's unfinished as Gaudi was killed by a team before being able to complete it. It totally blew me away, it's got to be the most beautiful building I have ever seen in my life. The stained glass windows means it literally glows inside, Adam reckons it looks like the lair of a Bond villain. After spending half an hour walking around with our heads up and mouths open we went and sat outside in the park and looked out over the spires.
Although the metro trains are air conditioned the platforms are like saunas so we made the decision to skip the metro and instead take a stroll to our next destination.
It was casa batilo which was the house of Gaudi. It had amazing architecture and we had audio guides to take us around which was handy. The tour took us right up to the roof terrace so whilst enjoyable totally broke us physically, so many stairs!!
It was at that point that we gave up, we were physically and mentally exhausted so decided the best thing to do would be to go to the little supermarket across from our hotel, stock up on some treats and drinks and retire to our hotel room for cold showers and a chilled evening.
And that's where I am now. It's half 7 and I'm in bed and I'm loving it!!!