As Ed Sheeran sings in his song “Barcelona” dancing through the streets, having fun in the sun, and being free all over the historical city, we set off to explore it for ourselves. Over the past week, I explored the Old City of Barcelona, and saw two thousand years of history come alive. After taking an amazing tour of the Gothic Quarter listening about the golden years, Francisco Franco, a civil war, and changing of power through the years, my view of Barcelona changed. Growing up learning from text books inside a classroom is nothing compared to learning about it by standing, breathing, and feeling the history in front of me.

This is the Barcelona Cathedral in the Gothic Quarter. The facade was redone to reflect the Gothic Era of Barcelona.

This is Bruce from Toronto and met in the supermarket. He needed help finding coffee creamer. We found it!

The Magic Fountain of Montjuic is located in front of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya and was unfortunately not on.

Walking up to Cascade de la Ciutadella inside Parc de la Ciutadella we witnessed a romantic marriage proposal.

The Arc di Triomf was built for the 1888 Barcelona’s world exposition’s main gate access. Located near the Parc de la Ciutadella.

After Christopher Columbus found the new world he came to Barcelona to tell King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Aragon and Castile.

Place de Catalunya is the city center of Barcelona and located just outside of our classroom window.

Antonio Gaudi a Catalan architect that is known for his structures designed with ceramic mosaics.

This is one of Antonio Gaudi’s buildings that he designed located about 3 blocks form our apartment.

The Fountain of St. Felip Neri is located deep inside Gothic Quarter where a trees yellow flowers fell around us.