Barcelona, Spain

I recently traveled to Barcelona, Spain and fell in love with this beach city. The amount of old and new is something to speak of. The history in Barcelona is remarkable. The architecture is positively breathtaking. If you are traveling to Barcelona in the near future and have any questions, please contact us! We are happy to lead you in the right direction! 🙂

Stay:

AirBnB For this part of our trip we decided to stay in a flat in the city. It was an awesome location and a lovely, modern apartment. Easy to find and easy to work with. The roof top pool is also something to awe over. I highly recommend this flat due to its convenience and space. Wouldn’t have done it any other way!

Must Go To Restaurants:

  • BARRACA – amazing Paella. On the beach. MUST GET RESERVATIONS!
  • Restaurante Martínez –  This restaurant is on the coast line with a beautiful view of the city. The food – OMG!! Must get reservations!!

Other Musts:

  • Vermouth Tasting at Morro Fi
    • This is a local spot. A little intimidating for tourists but well worth it! The vermouth is AMAZING. Trust me on this one.
  • Drinks at the W hotel.
    • We did this the first night we arrived. It was beautiful! I was told not to eat there due to the pricing. We took an Uber to Barraca after drinks.
  • Cava Tours
    • We did this on our own. We took a train to the mountains (45 minutes) and went to two wineries. The best winery was Cava Llopart. It was STUNNING. Oh, and the cava was great too 🙂 Make sure you schedule a tour ahead of time. It is the oldest winery in the country, so it is quite popular. This was my favorite part of the trip.
    • Train Stop: Sant Sadurní­ D’anoia
  • Antoni Gaudí Tour
    • Another MUST!!! Before I traveled to Spain, I was wondering what all the hipe was. Turns out, he was pretty amazing. Barcelona is known for its Catalan Architecture. Gaudi was the star of this style. Schedule a tour and finish you tour at his park: Park Guell.
    • We scheduled our tour of the Sagrada Familia on a separate day. You can schedule all your tours when you arrive to Barcelona or ahead of time. Just google it 🙂
    • After you see the Sagrada Familia, grab lunch at one of the cafes down the road. What a site to gaze at while eating pizza and drinking cava!
  • Get donuts from LUKUMAS and coffee from NOMAD Coffee
  • Eat a much Iberian Ham, Olives, and Pan Con Tomato.
  • Order as many bottles of cava as humanly possible!
  • We were planning to take a sunset cruise but it was the off season and we didn’t have a lot of options. I would suggest doing this if you travel in summer.

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Pittsburgh Family Fun

Those that have been following along on our blogging journey know that Monica and I live in different cities…hence Two Different Views!😉 I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and have lived here all of my life, so naturally after having my daughter, Kennedy, I started doing some of the fun things around the city with her, that my parents did with me.

We live a lot closer to downtown now than I did growing up, so we definitely take advantage of all it has to offer. Whether you live in Pittsburgh or are visiting with your family, I rounded up a list of our favorite things to do to keep the little ones entertained!

Carnegie Museums and the Carnegie Science Center

The Carnegie museums and Science Center are great places for kids to learn, explore and let’s be honest, hopefully get out all of their energy and go to bed early!! Ken loves the dinosaur exhibit at the Natural History Museum, and she’s even shown a little more interest in the art exhibits at the museums recently.

The Carnegie Science Center is another one of her favorite places to go, especially the SportsWorks side! They also have great members and non-member events throughout the year, like sleepovers and fun holiday events!

The Carnegie Museums and Science Center offer a yearly family membership option, and in my experience, it’s worth the price! You could go to the Science Center twice with your entire family and end up paying more for admission than the membership would cost. With the membership, you have access to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. Find out more about the membership here!

Sporting Events

Ken loves sports, so we try to take her to Steelers, Penguins and Pirates games whenever we can! Most areas and sections of each stadium are very family friendly.

All of the teams do a great job at making sure the younger kids have fun, with kid-themed days, contests, and the occasional lap around the bases!

Seven Springs

We’ve taken Ken to Seven Springs Mountain Resort a few times within the last year, and I couldn’t be more glad that we did! We put her in the Tiny Tots’ ski lessons, because she had never skied before. Not only did we have the entire day (9am-3pm) to ski with the adults, but they taught her how to ski better than I could have in a few short hours. After her lessons, she came skiing with us, and I’m still blown away every time I watch this video! Find out more about the Tiny Tots’ lessons here.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Ken loves going to see plays, musicals and ballets! My mom took her to see her first ballet, Alice in Wonderland, when she was 5, and since then she’s been hooked. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust puts on great shows for kids throughout the year, and below are a few shows that are coming up.

Ken has the Andrea Beaty book “Ada Twist, Scientist” and this Rosie Revere, Engineer musical is based on another one of her books that focuses on the STEM curriculum. A musical that’s educational?? That’s a win-win! This is showing March 31, 2019 – April 7, 2019, and you can purchase tickets here.

My girlfriends and I saw Disney’s Newsies in Pittsburgh in 2017 as a mini bridal shower weekend for Moni! Did we care that we were 30-year-olds sitting next to a bunch of 10-year-olds watching a Disney Broadway show?? Absolutely not!! But this would be an amazing show to take your little ones to! It will be in Pittsburgh May 2, 2019 – May 12, 2019, and you can purchase tickets here.

I hope you guys can use this post to enjoy all that Pittsburgh has to offer!

Madrid, Spain

I recently traveled to Madrid, Spain and wanted to share a picture diary with you all! Madrid was a magical place. It’s an old city with so much charm. Around every corner, you could imagine the history that took place. If you are traveling to Madrid in the near future and have any questions, please contact us! We are happy to lead you in the right direction 🙂

LINK TO SKIRT IN PHOTO: Zara

Stay:

Favorite Restaurants:

  • Botin – Oldest Restaurant in the world!
    • Need reservations!
  • Toma Cafe – go for breakfast
    • Try Deluce de Leche and Pan con Tomate
  • Casa Revuelta
  • Las Chicas
  • Taberna Los Huevos de Lucio
    • Signature dish- fried eggs ‘broken’ over a pile of chips (DROOL!)
  • MUST GET PASTRIES from la Mallorquina

Favorite Roof Top Bars:

  • Tartan Roof at Circulo de Bellas Artes
  • The Hat
  • Terrace Room Mate at Hotel Oscar
  • Radio at Hotel Me Madrid Reina Victoria

Tourist Sites You Can’t Miss:

  • Plaza de la Villa
  • Plaza de Cibeles
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Puerta del Sol – middle of Spain
  • Alumdena Cathedral
  • Placaio del Cristal
  • Royal Palace
  • Museums: Prado, Reina Sofia, Thyssen
  • Real Madrid Soccer Stadium
Tour the Royal Palace

Visit: Plaza Mayor (so much history!!)
Old Streets of Madrid
Eat: Iberian Ham, Snacks, and Cava!!
Visit: The Royal Palace of Spain
Pretend you’re royal for a few minutes
Eat the FAMOUS AND AMAZING pastries at Madrid’s famous bakery: La Mallorquina
Roof Top Happy Hour: The Hat near Plaza Mayor
Go as many roof top happy hours as possible
Tour: Real Madrid Futbol Stadium (or see a game)
Drink all the Cava
Run / Walk in the famous park: El Parque del Buen Retiro
While in the park, visit the Crystal Palace
Visit the Crystal Palace
Roam the streets and get lost
Step on the famous Center of Spain
Shop on Grand Via (like NYC Fifth Ave)
Eat and drink at as many tapas bars as possible
Drink Vermouth like the locals
Dine at the OLDEST RESTAURANT in the WORLD: Botin

Questions about Madrid? Email us: twodifferentviewsblog@gmail.com