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We took our 6-month-old on his first airplane ride earlier this month to Barcelona, Spain. From Seattle, this was quite a long journey involving 2 airplanes. Not only did he sleep a lot on the airplane, but he transitioned to the correct time zone almost seamlessly. We also brought our 3-year-old and traveled with another family. He did much better than the rest of us!

I loved packing for this vacation. When I think of Spain, I think of fresh fruit, live music, flamenco dancing, bull fighting and leather. Freshly Picked‘s B-A-N-A-N-A-S leather moccasins were a perfect fit for this trip! Not only did they keep my son’s feet covered so we felt respectful when visiting cultural attractions but they added a sense of whimsy to his clothes! I especially loved that they worked well with long pants or little rompers.

Besides packing, half the fun of travel for me is the planning part. I love to create detailed itineraries of places to go that are near each other and then mark which restaurants are highly recommended. We took a lot of advice from European travel guru Rick Steves to know what to order in particular restaurants. After we figured out our food options, we really focused on which attractions would be fun to do with little kids. Barcelona is filled with exciting options for families, so it was really difficult to narrow it down.

Freshly Picked Moccasins in Barcelona, Spain
Freshly Picked’s B-A-N-A-N-A-S moccasins were a perfect fit in Barcelona’s colorful Park Guell designed by Gaudi.

One of our favorite moments included exploring Gaudi’s Park Guell in Barcelona. We arrived at 8pm and looked out over all of Barcelona from the most beautiful benches. My son looked at the mosaics on the benches in wonder. Had they not been made of concrete, I would have let him sit on his on for awhile. Thankfully my friend spotted him! The park is quite large so we just had time to see a fraction of it, but it left us wanting to return to see even more. For my husband, it was a photographer’s dream location!

Freshly Picked in Barcelona
A gypsy woman held our baby during a street fair in Barcelona. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

After lunch one day, we experienced a mini street fair where people gathered to celebrate the upcoming Barcelona FC football match. So many tourists and locals alike came to see what was going on, as the street filled with people. My husband rushed over with our kids and took some photos with a gypsy woman. I really enjoyed listening to the music and feeling the energy in the air. And after a few minutes, the people dissipated and life went back to normal. That’s life in Barcelona.

We were only in Barcelona for a few days and we all want to go back for much longer to truly explore one of the most visually stunning cities I’ve seen! I highly recommend Barcelona to families traveling with small children because the people are so friendly and there are many places to take kids that are fun for the whole family. Barcelona, we will be back!

Freshly Picked Mocs

Freshly Picked provided me with a complimentary pair of moccasins.


Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.


    • marciecheung Reply

      Thanks! It’s definitely more work with kids but it’s a blast!

    • marciecheung Reply

      It was a lot of luggage to haul but we had a great trip!

    • marciecheung Reply

      It’s super family friendly! We met the nicest people and we could have easily spent 2 weeks doing all the activities!

  1. What a great trip! I just recently came back from a trip with my kiddo too and I salute you mama. I used to love my son’s moccasins, So sad he grew out of them, this print is adorable.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Their feet grow so darn fast! Traveling with kids is no walk in the park. I hope you guys had fun!

  2. My dream is to travel to Barcelona and you pulled the trip off with such stealth and grace! Bravo! You clearly have made planning skills.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Awww! Thanks! It’s such a vibrant city! And bring your appetite!

  3. Your baby is soooo adorable. I like to go to Barcelona too and enjoy live music, flamenco dancing and bull fighting. 🙂

    • marciecheung Reply

      Thanks! He’s such a sweet kid! I saw lots of flamenco dresses in shops and they are so beautiful!

  4. Those moccasins are just too cute. My sister honeymooned in Barcelona 2 years ago and LOVED it.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Aren’t they fun? I would totally rock a pair myself! Barcelona is amazing!

    • marciecheung Reply

      And they are so soft! I can’t get over the print! Too much fun!

  5. It looks like it was a wonderful trip! I would love to be able to travel like this with my kiddos, but it doesn’t work with our finances. Spain is definitely on my list of places I’d love to visit.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, I wish travel was a bit more affordable. We got a crazy deal on the flights. We’re lucky that our schedules are flexible right now.

  6. Great article! Ive always wanted to go to Barcelona, I heard its beautiful! I will be traveling with a toddler and 5 month old soon. I hope they both transition as seamlessly as yours did.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Best of luck on your travels! Using a baby carrier on the airplane was really helpful for our baby.

  7. wow! seattle to spain with 2 young children?! mama, you rock! your vacation was beautiful. what amazing opportunities for your family to be able to travel 🙂 i’m nervous just to go to disney with 3 kids haha i can’t imagine another country!

    • marciecheung Reply

      I’d be nervous to do Disney with 3 kids, too! You are one brave mama!

  8. I love Barcelona!!! We had the best time there a few years ago for Thanksgiving. Awesome that you took your little, I can’t wait to take my boys. It looks like you had a great trip and those baby moccasins, too cute!!! Love the beautiful pictures!! Cheers

    • marciecheung Reply

      Barcelona is such a cool city! I definitely want to go back because there’s just too much to see!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Thanks! I feel like you have to wear fun colors when visiting a colorful country!

  9. Oh my cuteness! How adorable are those little moccasins on that sweet, smiley-faced baby! It looks like everyone had a great time, too! Spain looks so beautiful.

  10. This looks so amazing! I’ve been to Barcelona once and it is beautiful. The beaches, the culture, the food, it’s all to die for. Love that this is so thorough!

    • marciecheung Reply

      I couldn’t get over how beautiful the city was! And so much larger than I anticipated!

    • marciecheung Reply

      I always feel weird not putting shoes on babies when we travel. I didn’t see any barefoot babies in Spain, so I’m glad I had these shoes!

  11. I can’t wait to visit Barcelona for the first time. I know there would be a lot of walking and pictures . Love the way you describe your vacation, it makes me feel already there. Your kids are adorable!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Thanks so much! There is SO much walking! But, that’s the best way to experience a city, in my opinion!

  12. Those mocassins are adorable! Bananas! I can’t with the cuteness. I hope to one day make it to Barcelona, such a beautiful country filled with so much culture.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Everything is cuter with a banana on it, right?

    • marciecheung Reply

      My list is so long, too! So many cool places!

  13. What a great experience. I loved traveling with my son when he was a baby. The moccasins go with your son so well.

  14. Kudos to you and your family travelling that far with your family. I have six children and the thought of flying and travelling (let alone the expense) terrify me.

  15. What a fun family trip! I agree that Barcelona is such a beautiful and creative city to visit as a family, plenty of interesting things for all ages. Your kids are way too cute for words! How lucky are they to be able to see the world at such a young age?

    • marciecheung Reply

      Congrats! I’m giving away a pair on my Instagram right now!

  16. Those are so cute! I would have loved to have had a pair of moccasins like this for my daughter when she was a baby. I just think they are so cute!

    • marciecheung Reply

      They are so trendy right now! I love that Freshly Picked offers some that are boyish. It’s so hard to find cute boy things.

  17. Those moccasins are super cute. I’ve heard great things about Freshly Picked, so I can see why parents are such huge fans. Looks like your little ones enjoyed their time in Spain.

    • marciecheung Reply

      I love that they stay on my baby’s feet and they are just too cute!

  18. It’s tough not to go crazy over all the beautiful sights and good food in Barcelona. I have always wanted to go there and explore with the kids. I’m sure it’s worth it.

    • marciecheung Reply

      The food was so good! And tapas are great for kids!

  19. Oh my goodness, those are such cute moccs. I just picked up my 8 month old two pairs. OH SO CUTE. I love them and they keep her little toes warm!

    • marciecheung Reply

      They are the best! They keep my baby’s feet dry in our Seattle rain 🙂

  20. I so want to visit Barcelona this year – it looks so beautiful from photos (might have pinned about a hundred on Pinterest the other day haha). Loving your photos too – definitely will make for some amazing holiday memories! xx

    • marciecheung Reply

      It’s the ultimate holiday location! So many fun things for everyone!

  21. What a cool trip!! I haven’t been to Europe yet, but Barcelona is top on my list. Sounds like it wasn’t too hard traveling with your little one and those moccasins are so adorable!! Loving the fruit trend.

    • marciecheung Reply

      I was pleasantly surprised that traveling with 2 little kids wasn’t much harder than our usual life at home!

  22. Aww… this trip look so fun. You are such a super mom. Your kids are so lucky to have you 🙂

    • marciecheung Reply

      Thanks so much for the kind words! We had a great time!

  23. I’m so happy that the kids did good on the plane. Those moccasins are absolutely adorable!

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