Seville Snapshot: The Plaça Reial of Barcelona

Over the holidays, my parents and  sister arrived to Barajas jet-lagged but 15 minutes early. I was typing away on a story at the cafetería next to the arrivals gates and just happened to see my mother, bewildered, looking around. A wave of relief washed over me that they’d not been delayed 15 hours like their previous trip and, five years late, I could show them Spain my way (and be able to full translate a menu and not just say, “Uhhhh, I think it’s a pig part”).

Winter is one of my favorite times to travel, and my family was blessed with unseasonably good weather, making our days in Barcelona and beyond bright and perfect for exploring. After their bodies adjusted a bit, we were out to explore La Boquería and my favorite little rincón of Barcelona, Plaça Reial. I’ve watched concerts in the shade of its palm trees, shared hunks of cheese and a baguette next to its fountain and gone underground to a disco right near the arched colonnades. Even in winter under a dull morning sky, the yellow facades popped, livening up my familia.

I’ve got loads to share about Cataluña and New Year’s in Madrid over the coming weeks! If you’d like to contribute to my weekly snapshots, send me an email at sunshineandsiestas @ gmail [dot] com, or you can see more photos of my trip on Sunshine and Siestas’s Facebook page.

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About Cat Gaa

As a beef-loving Chicago girl living amongst pigs, bullfighters, and a whole lotta canis, Cat Gaa writes about expat life in Seville, Spain. When not cavorting with adorable Spanish grandpas or struggling with Spanish prepositions, she works in higher education at an American university in Madrid and freelances with other publications, like Rough Guides and The Spain Scoop.


  1. You know that I’m looking forward to read more stories on Barcelona! Have a great week!

    • Sunshine and Siestas says:

      Slowly, slowly getting there! Busy month with TWO master’s projects due, and Kike returns this week!

  2. Sounds like a beautiful place.
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    • Sunshine and Siestas says:

      Have you been to Spain, F? BCN is always high on tourist lists, but it never feels like Spain to me. Post coming soon!

  3. Ah beautiful family photo! Must have been so nice to have them here for the holidays. I’m eagerly awaiting my mom’s arrival for Spring break and busy planning!

    Looking forward to reading more and you continue to amaze me how you find the time and constant inspiration to always blog!
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  4. I really enjoy showing my family around my new home in Europe, at least when they can manage a trip here. We’ve enjoyed some special adventures. How marvelous it must have been for you to have your family with you in Barcelona. Love that city, btw, and we hope to get there again (maybe this year) and look forward to your posts on what to do/see/eat/experience there. I’m sure there’s plenty we haven’t…yet :-)
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  5. Looking forward to reading more! 😉

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