Well hello to you my reader chums and long time no see! If you read my previous post on travel makeup essentials, you'd know I ventured out on a city break to Barcelona with my best friends. We flew out last Monday and arrived home on the Wednesday, a short yet incredible time away, exploring a new culture! Even though we only had a couple of days, we jam packed it with so many exciting things, it felt like we were there much longer.
On the first day (as you can see by the image), we travelled up to Gatwick bright and early on the National Express to catch our 8.50am flight. Unfortunately, our flight then got delayed for 4-5 hours, meaning we arrived in Barcelona a lot later than expected. Despite this we weren't going to let it put a damper the holiday and hopped into a taxi to the hotel as soon as we got off the plane. Driving through Barcelona, my initial thought was how remarkable the architecture/streets were and how similar it looked to La/New York - it had that whole artsy vibe about it. The hotel we stayed in was Hostel Ciudad Condal, a tucked away place which was minutes from the major shopping streets of Barcelona including La Ramblas.
|Chloe, me and Danielle on the balcony.|
Our room came complete with our own balcony which overlooked the side street ahead and various beautiful buildings. Since we got there in the evening, we immediately got dressed up and ventured out for a little exploration to find a dinner spot. We chose a tucked away brasserie style eatery and I opted for the paella dish as did Chloe. After that, we had a little browse around and decided to head back to the hotel as we were absolutely exhausted from the long day. There we planned out the next day which would be our only full day in Barcelona and oh my was it a busy but astounding experience.
On the Tuesday, we woke up bright and early, ate breakfast out ( Nutella crepes all round), then embarked on a city bus tour. For the price of around 30 Euros, you were able to see the entire city using two different bus routes and getting off at whichever stop to explore as you please. The first place we visited was Sagrada Familia - a mesmerising cathedral designed by Gaudi, the most poplar of his works, soon to be finished. He devoted he's entire life to this project which unfortunately didn't get completed by his death, however through donations it continues. When we initially laid eyes on the vast building, we were blown away. It was absolutely huge and was such an astounding bit or architecture, amazing to see in person.
|Sagrada Familia grounds.|
The cathedral was surrounded by a gorgeous bit of green and forestry. As it was Spring, all the flowers began to bloom so the place looked prettier than ever. At this point we grabbed an ice cream (too delicious) and soaked up the Spanish sunshine.
The next stop, one of my favourites was Park Güell. The main part you paid to go into which featured all the eccentric, colourful architecture. We however, visited the nature/park area instead and went on an adventurous hike, embracing the stunning views that lay ahead. This picture was captured from one of the highest point at the park; an astounding landscape.
|Say yes to new adventures.|
We climbed a bit on the rocks and let our inner adventures loose!
|Me and Chloe.|
The area was filled with rocky shelters, walkways and an abundance of sensational shrubbery - too much beauty to take in!
|Danielle and I.|
|Three musketeers take on Barcelona!|
|Arc De Triomf.|
Another area we explored was the Arc De Triomf. This location was surrounded by the most exceptional park space with immaculately kept lawns, pretty flowers and glorious buildings; perfect to admire.
|Walkway of the Arc De Triomf.|
|Museu Nacional D'art De Catalunya|
Following on, we headed to Museu Nacional D'art De Catalunya, an exemplary art gallery. Similarly to the other locations, we browsed around the grounds and again were taken aback at how astonishing it all was, the waterfall, architecture plus the view were too good for words.
|View from the Museu Nacional D'art De Catalunya.|
|Me with the beautiful view behind!|
Me and Danielle at the Olympic stadium.
Another exciting place we visited was the Olympic arena which held the 1992 games. It's a restored building, originally dated back to 1929. It was pretty epic seeing it and knowing the Olympics took place there all those years ago.
|Chloe and I at the Olympic stadium.|
|Shopping streets of Barcelona!|
|Me and Danielle at the Tapas restaurant.|
After an incredibly long day of sight seeing the entire city, we got all dressed up for the evening and chose to dine in a traditional Tapas restaurant. For mains we shared the Tapas which was yummy yet rather salty and dessert, I ate the most delicious gelato ever (I'd definitely eat it again)!
On Wednesday, our last day we dined like queens at breakfast time with the finest display of food ( the hot chocolate and waffles were lush!)
|Barcelona food market!|
Positioned in La Ramblas was a brilliant food market which showcases the finest chocolates, fruit, fish, meat cuts and more; a whole sea of colour to feast your eyes on!
Plane journey home.
I hope you enjoyed this diary style, picture heavy post of my Barcelona adventure. Have you ever visited?
Thank you for reading <3