Barcelona: Bikes and Boats

Thursday, 28 May 2015

This was my favourite thing we did in Barcelona. It was another cloudy day so instead of the beach we went exploring. We went looking for Dutch bikes and ended up renting them from Color Bikes. They're located just off Las Ramblas, the staff were very helpful and the prices were really reasonable I would definitely recommend them. I had looked up a few things to do in Barcelona before our trip and I really wanted to visit Parc de La Ciutadella. So we headed off in that direction. The bikes were so much fun. The roads are confusing and to be honest most of the time we weren't sure where to cycle, the road or the paths, plus the bicycle lanes randomly crop up in the middle of the main roads. I'm sure there's a very simple solution and easy path to follow but we had fun trying to navigate it with very little Spanish. On our way we stopped at the Arc de Triomf which reminded me of a more tropical version of the Arc de Triomphe. When we got to the park we rented a little row boat which looked lovely and relaxing but was more of a struggle because of our inability to row the boat. We did have fun trying and we successfully managed to avoid any major collisions. These were two things I hadn't done in Barcelona before but I would definitely do them again. 

Yellow Dress//Zara here

Beach Bums in Barcelona

Friday, 22 May 2015

The sun came out on our second day in Barcelona and I was so happy to see it! Our hotel was only ten minutes walk from Barceloneta Beach so we headed straight there first thing. We had a coffee in the cafe along the boardwalk, Moma Beach Bar which was the perfect way to start the day. On the beach we weren't quite brave enough to swim but it was nice just to chill in the sun for a while. Unfortunately around one the clouds decided to return so we decided to go to Parc Guell one of Antoni Gaudi's many architectural master pieces. The park is a bit outside the centre of Barcelona but its definitely worth a trip. Pictures really don't do it any justice the buildings and mosaics are genius, Gaudi created an incredible space using geometry and organic shapes. Plus walking up hill for forty minutes to get there meant we could enjoy our ice creams guilt free.
Bikini//New Look here , White Dress //Zara here

Rambling Along Las Ramblas

Thursday, 14 May 2015

When I was asked last minute to go on a quick trip to Barcelona I couldn't say no. I literally booked about a week before and I'm so glad I did. I've already been to Barcelona but I was excited to go back. The first day of our trip was spent wandering Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. La Boqueria is a market based on Las Ramblas and it's one of the most vibrant, loud and colourful places to explore. It's covered in stalls and there is so much hustle and bustle its amazing. They also have the best fresh juices you'll ever taste and they'll only set you back one euro! The Gothic Quarter has a more artsy local vibe, there are loads of bars, restaurants, museums and galleries. The Picasso museum is located along these windy streets, it's definitely worth a visit. That evening we went for dinner along the marina and we had paella and lobster, perfect for our first Spanish meal. My jacket is a recent purchase from Zara and I feel like I'm going to live in it all Summer!

Winning London

Saturday, 9 May 2015

London is one of my favourite places to visit. It's less than an hour away and no matter how many times I go I always find something new to do. This particular trip was organized around a prize I won in work. I won a Virgin Experience Days voucher and I could pick from a number of activities and restaurants etc for myself and a friend. The first experience we chose was lunch in The Champagne Bar at Harrods. Before we headed to Harrods we stopped at Madison at St Paul's for coffee and some rooftop views. The view was gorgeous even though the weather wasn't the best you could still see most of London. I can only imagine what it's like on a sunny day! When we arrived in the maze that is Harrods it took a while to locate the bar but once we did we were treated to bubbles on arrival and a platter of mixed treats. It was such a relaxing afternoon and we topped it off with a visit to LadurĂ©e, because it would be rude not to.  That evening we went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I love musicals and for some reason I didn't have great expectations for this show but I was blown away. The set and the costumes were incredible, the oompa loopas were my favourite!
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