Monday, 28 March 2016

A Barcelona adventure ❤️

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.


Airport selfie
Airport selfie.
Day 1
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.

Balcony view
Balcony view from our hotel.

Sagrada familia
Sagrada Familia.
Day 2
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 park
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.


Palm trees at Barcelona beach.

Park Güell
Park Güell.

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.
Park Güell
Say yes to new adventures.

We climbed a bit on the rocks and let our inner adventures loose!

Park Güell
'Every journey begins with one single step' - Chloe taking on the world, county at a time!
Park Güell
'Oh darling, let's be adventurers!' - Here's Danielle posing too!
Park Güell
'Not all those who wander are lost' - Me pointing out to the mind blowing view ahead.
Park Güell
Me and Chloe.

The area was filled with rocky shelters, walkways and an abundance of sensational shrubbery - too much beauty to take in!

Park Güell
Danielle and I.
Park Güell
Three musketeers take on Barcelona!
Arc de Triomf
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.

Arc de Triomf
Walkway of the Arc De Triomf.
Museu Nacional D'art De Catalunya
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.
Museu Nacional D'art De Catalunya
View from the Museu Nacional D'art De Catalunya.
Museu Nacional D'art De Catalunya
Me with the beautiful view behind!
Anella Olímpica
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.

Anella Olímpica
Chloe and I at the Olympic stadium.
Barcelona shopping
Shopping streets of Barcelona!

Chummy and I
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)!

Tapas dinner
Tapas selection.
American breakfast
Breakfast banquet.
Day 3
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!)

La Ramblas, Barcelona
La Ramblas, Barcelona.

We had a short browse of La Ramblas, a lengthy shopping street in Barcelona on the Tuesday night after our dinner but wanted a proper look the next day. The walkway was framed with colourful buildings and trees; a phenomenal, picture worthy road. It was lined with countless shops, food stalls and markets - an incredibly gorgeous sight, a must see if you ever visit!

Barcelona market
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
Plane journey home.

There you have it, an utterly out of this world Barcelona adventure in 3 days! The overall trip was completely eye opening with it's mesmerising architecture (I'm still blown away), stunning scenery, striking landmarks, artsy streets, unusual foods and city life experience - I loved it. Seeing a new place is exciting enough but having that opportunity to do it with your best friends is even better. The world is such a beautiful place and I can't wait to see more of it - here's to my next travels!

I hope you enjoyed this diary style, picture heavy post of my Barcelona adventure. Have you ever visited?

Thank you for reading <3



7 comments:

  1. 8:30 in the morning sounds too early to be catching a flight! Sounds and looks like you had an amazing time!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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    1. Haha it wasn't too bad! Thank you so much lovely xx

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  2. I love Barcelona, I went when I was 14 and I'd really love to go back, I'm glad you enjoyed your trip!

    Lovely photos and great post!

    Hayley | writeaboutbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

    xx

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    1. It's an incredible city! Thank you so much xx

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  3. This would be a dream come true for me, I want to visit Barcelona so bad it is such a beautiful city, your friend is so rocking that 90's hair do!

    Meme xx

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    1. I hope you do one day! She is indeed, thank you xx

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  4. Barcelona is a really amazing city to visit but also to live. Great post!

    Jeff. | NAMELESSJEFF

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