Travels - Barcelona

Last week I jetted off to Barcelona for a few days with my fiancé, Tom.  It was Tom's birthday on the 4th & we really wanted to have a little break to relax with each other. So we booked this trip last minute as Tom has been wanting to go there for quite a while.

I'm so glad we picked Barcelona. It was the perfect getaway. I love a bit of beach time but also love exploring new places & sightseeing so the combination of the beautiful sandy beaches & the bustling city was perfect for what we wanted. 

We flew out early Thursday morning & had a little wander round before checking into our hotel. After a little siesta (something that we got into a habit of over the 4 days we were there!!) we headed out for some dinner in the area by our hotel. We were staying just up the road from the Sagrada Familia, which is stunning!!!

The next day, I had frozen yoghurt for breakfast (as you do) & went to the beach! 

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The weather was beautiful. We had a lovely stroll all along the beaches & then had a dip in the sea. I can't remember the last time I swam in the sea, so I was pretty excited about this!

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We walked back to our hotel from the beach. It took us about 40 minutes. We both thought it would be nicer to just walk back & see more of the city than get the metro. We walked past this bad boy on the way - Torre Agbar. 

I've got a bit of thing for the Gherkin in London. Don't ask me why. I just like it. So I was interested to see the gherkin of Barcelona! It lights up at night which was pretty cool. I still prefer London's Gherkin though. Sorry Barcelona ;) 

That evening we went off into the Gothic Quarter for dinner!  Such a beautiful area, it almost feels like a movie set.

There are a lot of shops selling cakes... cookies... popcorn... I wanted to sample it all!! 

Almost every dinner I had in Barcelona was loaded with cheese. I don't know if its just the restaurants & dishes I chose or if thats a Barcelona thing?? It was all delicious & I do love cheese but oh god, I could barely move after every dinner!! By the last night I had learnt my lesson & chose something that was very unlikely to come with cheese!! 

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Day three, we went to check out Las Ramblas & the markets. It was VERY busy! But the markets were pretty good. So much fresh food & lots of chocolatey, pastry, cakey treats! We were good & had some fresh juices.

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excuse my mega frizzy hair.. it was not working with me on this holiday! 

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On our last day we went to Parc Guell. All of Gaudi's work is so interesting & this place is just amazing. Beautiful views of the city too! We went on a Sunday so it was packed. I'd like to go again on a weekday & take it all in a bit more. There were a few different buskers but these guys below were my favourite!

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One last visit to take a few photos of the Sagrada Famila - we didn't go in as it was pretty expensive but next time we will budget for it!

The whole trip was amazing, I wish we could have stayed longer! It's a very inspiring place & there's so much to see & do. I would go back in a heartbeat! 

 

Joanna Briggs

Joanna Briggs Photography, solihull