Sunday, 4 September 2016

A LONG WEEKEND IN BARCELONA PART 2


So here we are for part two of my trip to Barcelona! If you missed the first part where I spoke about where we stayed and Sagrada Familia, you can check it out here. As I explained, there felt too much to put into one post so I've split into two for you. I'm going to continue this post with what else we got to on our little getaway.

Las Ramblas















Although I didn't really know much about it, I had heard Las Ramblas mentioned plenty of times when Barcelona was talked about and I knew this was somewhere Matt was keen to visit. It's essentially a boulevard which winds through the buzzing city centre of Barcelona. Getting off the metro, we pretty much ambled in a straight line, taking in all the sights and scenes.There is so much going on from restaurants to human statues, market stalls and the best ice cream. Seriously I never had such good ice cream. Flavours from nutella, baileys...it's safe to say that one day I actually had two tubs (not in one sitting, I'm not quite that bad...).  


We stopped off at Matt's request from Sangria and boy did he get sangria! Without even asking us what size drink we would like, our waiter returned with a huge tankard of Sangria and one of lemonade for me. I quickly swept off the annoyance of how much the bill would cost us and tried to remember that we were on holiday. So we settled back in the sun and enjoyed people watching. It's really easy to get caught up in the tourist attractions on holiday but I encourage you all to just sit and soak up a new culture. 


There were lots of roads going off the main strip too, at one point we diverted from the track to search out a jazz club and found ourselves in a large square lined by restaurants which we actually ended up having dinner at later that night. It was so lovely to be able to dine outside among the buzzing atmosphere where performers would entertain in the middle of the square. You could easily sit back and just watch everything going on around you. 


Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

















The view from the museum
I really wanted Matt to be the one to decide our itinerary for the trip but when he flicked through the guidebook and pointed out a museum, I was quite surprised and if I'm honest, a little skeptical. But even I couldn't deny how absolutely beautiful the place was. It was more like a palace, a huge Italian style building full of water features and turrets. There was something really quite romantic about it. We noticed that a lot of people came primarily to see the building itself rather than the art and just getting to the entrance of the Museum where you could stand and take in a fantastic view was worth it in itself. There was an overpriced little outdoor cafe just outside the building where you could recline with a cold drink (which you'll want after that climb!) and really enjoy your surroundings. 

There is a vast amount to see inside with collections which include gothic, romanesque, renaissance art and so much more. As with any sort of museum, it's quite eery to be in a place where everything is so quiet but in a way, that's quite nice too as it's a good way to concentrate on what you are looking at and really think about it. Even if you aren't someone who would class yourself as an art fan, I'd still look into checking the museum out as it's really interesting to find out the stories behind the art and take a step back in time. 


TIPS FOR BARCELONA


  • Try to stay somewhere near a supermarket and stock up on snacks and water in bulk from there, it'll be a lot cheaper than buying out every time you go out somewhere!

  • It's sad but pickpocketing is common in the most touristy areas so take an across the body bag and keep it in front of you with one arm over it. For men, don't keep your wallet in your back pocket. 

  • Don't bother with a hop on, hop off bus. Take the metro everywhere. It is really easy to work out and you can buy what is called a 'T-10' ticket which allows you ten journeys between you. The metro is large and air conditioned and you can get everywhere really quickly. This is probably my top tip.

  • You must go to the Sagrada Famila. Really. You must. Book tickets online before you go. 

  • We found that dinner was actually eaten quite late in Barcelona and restaurants opened at 8pm, especially on weekends. This was something we found out after going out at 6pm and wandering around for two hours, confused as to why we were in a ghost town!

  • Save the extra charges for a large suitcase on the plane, you really can manage easily for a four day trip with just hand luggage. 

I wasn't planning on my post on Barcelona being split into two but there was just so much to talk about and show you! I would 100% recommend Barcelona for a mini break, it's really easy to get to and I wouldn't deem it expensive either. Everything ran so smoothly and we were really impressed with everything, especially our hotel and the ease of getting around everywhere. I feel like it's one of those holidays which you could easily do it last minute, so if you have a free weekend coming up... I know we're certainly thinking about going again in the future! I'm already thinking about our next mini break abroad for 2017 so I'd love some suggestions of where you'd recommend! And link me to any posts you have on it too! Have a great week!

Emily x

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31 comments

  1. Barcelona seems to be a wonderful city ๐Ÿ˜ can't wait to visit there ๐Ÿ˜ great tips by the way ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    Jeanne
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  2. Ohhh my goodness hun I've enjoyed both parts of your Barcelona post so much, it sounds like you had an absolutely wonderful time! I've never been to Barcelona myself but it's definitely on my bucket list. Your photos are so gorgeous and Sagrada Familia looks beyond stunning. :) I agree with what you said about soaking up the culture, tourist attractions are fun but sometimes it's just nice to relax and do some people watching. :D x Thanks for the, love. X x

    Kay
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    1. That last sentence was meant to say 'thanks for sharing', haha, I fail at typing comments on my tablet x

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  3. I haven't been to Spain in years but it's seriously so beautiful! One of my favorite places in the world.

    xo, Christina
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  4. So much fun! I've always wanted to go to Barcelona :)

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    Molly
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  5. Barcelona seems like so much fun, would love to visit! Xx

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  6. Omgosh! It not only sounds fab but your photos are incredible! It's somewhere I've always wanted to visit and this post has only increased my need to go!

    Becca

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  7. I've always wanted to go to Barcelona. Your pictures are gorgeous!

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  8. Oh my goodness gracious, such a beautiful trip, I swear this keeps getting better and better I hope there's a part 3!
    xoxo, simona and indre

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  9. Oh goodness I love Nutella & Baileys! I really like these travel type of posts so looking forward to seeing more! X

    ♥ Carly Susanne ~ A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  10. Looks like you had a lovely time! Such lovely photographs :)
    Ambar | Her Little Loves

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  11. I actually appreciate that you wrote two posts on your Barcelona trip which makes it a much better read. I can't stand when it's a very long travel post as I get bored reading half way.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  12. What great tips you have for Barcelona! You take wonderful photos as well. I too always try to get a place near a market and make my breakfasts at home. The pick pocketing thing is so rampant in Europe. When I was in Paris I was pick pocketed and I NEVER EVER thought it would happen to me. Still seems crazy! But it did... I agree that cross body bags are the best. And I always only have a carry on. ;)

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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  13. It seems like a beautiful place. I also find some wait staff take advantage of tourist and if not specified, will always "upsize" your meal.
    Great and lovely post by the way
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  14. Barcelona looks such a lovely place! Gorgeous pics aswell!!

    Darriyan xo
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  15. That ice cream & sangria looked absolutely delicious! The architecture at the museum is breathtaking! What an exquisite experience!
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  16. Your posts give me such wanderlust! Fabulous photos, lady x

    Emma | http://www.fluffandfripperies.com

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  17. Barcelona is such a beautiful city! I put it in my top list, with Stockholm and Paris. I would love to be there sometime soon! Beautiful pictures, the buildings and the city in general is completely stunning.

    Cy | Dulce de Mango

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  18. wow, great photos! I love Barcelona! xo, Sophia from http://www.sistersandglitters.com

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  19. I adore Barcelona. I think it's nicer and has so much more character than Madrid! It's annoying about the sangria jug, but they just don't usually do them by the glass cos they have to mix it all up :( hopefully it wasn't too expensive and he enjoyed it though! :) xx

    Little Miss Katy

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  20. Why can't the Museums over here look like that! It looks amazing, and the art also looks so interesting. The collection of art also looks like it covers the phases of Europe so that's quite interesting for me because my interest in history seems to grow every day (I haven't even studied it for the last 4 years haha!). Glad you had a lovely time! :)

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  21. I wish I could stop over to Barcelona for a mini break! The museum art looks divine. Sounds like the two of you made the most of your trip.
    xx Yasmin
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  22. Looks like you had a lovely time and sounds like a beautiful place! Lovely photography too!

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  23. Wow! Loved your images! It looks like you had a wonderful time. I've been there and it is a truly paradise! Thanks for sharing!

    Vanessa, xo!

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  24. What gorgeous sights, and perfect weather too!
    I would love to soak up the atmosphere of Las Ramblas, great tips and sounds like the perfect short break

    What Raj Wants

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  25. The Lanocciola ice cream looks utterly delicious and it's lovely to see the city's architecture from your perspective - I always love to see how people photography cities differently :) I'm 100% with you on loving Barcelona for a short city break; I'm so glad you had a fun time!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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  26. That ice cream looks AMAZINGGGG! i would love to one day visit Barcelona, great post thanks for sharing!

    Darriyan xo
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  27. The architecture in Barcelona is unreal, looks like you had such a great time! Complete and utter sidenote but who made your banner it's amazing O.O!!!

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  28. These photos are gorgeous, Barcelona is definitely one of the city breaks I'd like to do next!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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  29. Ive never been to Barcelona but your photos look gorgeous! Definitely on my must-see list!

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  30. I never realised how much I wanted to visit Barcelona until reading your posts! Haha :P Las Rambas sounds like it has such a lovely vibe! A weekend in Barcelona is in my future for sure now, hehe.

    P.S. Good tip about dinner starting at 8pm, haha, at least you guys got some good exploring in before you found out about that! :)

    Raashi
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