* Barcelona // Spain *
Hello lovelies! I'm home from a fantastic few days in Barcelona, Spain. I travelled there with four amazing girls and we had the best time. I thought I'd share my photos and give recommendations for anyone travelling there in the future. I had never been to Barcelona before, and I'm now dying to return!
* Casa Batllo // Gaudi's House *
I don't think it's possible to travel around Barcelona without noticing any of the unusual and well-known buildings designed by architect, Antoni Gaudi. We literally stumbled across the Casa Batllo whilst casually roaming the city. The unique and intricate design definitely stands out against the 'normal' spanish buildings, and although we did not venture inside (we were put off by the large number of tourists queuing), the exterior of the building itself is so impressive that we stood admiring it for a good five minutes. Maybe the next time I travel to Barcelona I will go inside.
* La Rambla *
On the second day of our trip we took the city cable car, which gave us a fantastic arial view of the entirety of Barcelona. One area that completely stands out is La Rambla, the tree-lined pedestrianised street with wonderful markets, stalls and cafes. The hustle and bustle of the area was packed with people taking in the experience, which subsequently provides a great people watching area. We sat at a cafe for at least an hour, just watching all different kinds of people pass by.
La Rambla is a central, popular destination with so many things to see and do. Each connecting street leads to another wonderful square, and you could easily spend your entire holiday just exploring the busy area. Spanish poet, Federico Garcia Lorca once said that La Rambla was 'the only street in the world which I wish would never end.' ... and I definitely agree!
|Incredible street performer - Thought it was a statue!|
|Me and Fiona drinking wonderful cocktails!|
|Me and Dee enjoying fruit smoothies on La Rambla.|
|Me and Katy loving life. I'm wearing:|
Neon Lace Dress - Red Label
White Sandals - Topshop
Next up, leading off of La Rambla we visited the La Boqueria food market. We walked through rows and rows and rows of stacked up stalls, each selling different goods from the other. We passed mountains of colourful fruit and veg, displayed so beautifully that it didn't even look real. We browsed through the wide variety of delicious looking fruit smoothies, before deciding to try a few flavours. I chose refreshing watermelon, which cooled me down in the hot spanish heat. We visited the market twice on our trip, seeing different things each time. I treated myself to a 'Kinder Bueno and Oreo Cookie' flavoured ice cream - I wish we had flavours like that back in the UK!
My brother has been to Barcelona several times in the past and recommended we try vietnamese restaurant, Bun Bo. After some initial confusion (there are two Bun Bo restaurants and of course, me and my friends accidently went to different ones in seperate taxis), we arrived at a wonderfully, colourful restaurant where we had a fantastic oriental meal, consisting of traditional vegetable spring rolls and a mouthwatering chicken curry. Bun Bo has a lovely, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere and we stayed there the entire evening, drinking mojitos and vietnamese green tea.
|Colourful lanterns across the entire roof!|
* More soon *
I hope you enjoyed the first part of my Barcelona photo diary. Stay tuned for part two - We ventured to the beach, visited a magical fairy bar, wandered around some impressive gardens and much, much more! :)
* All photos were taken by, and belong to me. Please do not steal. Thank you :)