Thursday, 29 May 2014

Barcelona: Plaça de Catalunya

Right in the heart of Barcelona is a square akin to London's Trafalgar Square. Both places are big squares or plazas, pedestrianised areas, has its fair share of pigeons and fountains inside. While London has Trafalgar Square, I could quite happily swap it for Barcelona's Plaza Catalunya.


Tuesday, 27 May 2014

DIY: 52 Reasons Why I Love You

Hi lovelies,
On Sunday 25th May 2014, the other half (OH) and I celebrated 2 years of being together in a relationship. I really do not know where the time has gone, but time flies when you're having fun right?
A lot of my friends and family (in fact, pretty much all of them) are quick to point out how mean I am to the OH, and from hearing this on a near constant basis, our 2 year anniversary was an easy way of making it up. Now the OH is just a difficult person to buy presents for though I think I have just been gifted with the inability to buy presents for anyone in general. All past presents i.e. Christmas and birthdays have nearly always been a bottle of perfume that I've picked up from the high street and I have since learnt in the two years we've been together, he goes through a 100ml bottle within a month or less pretty easily. He will spritz it all over himself when getting ready in the morning not too dissimilar to an A-Lister preparing for a red carpet event - absolutely barmy! So this year, some brain wave-lightbulb moment came to me, albeit when blow drying my hair. Some people get their genius ideas in the shower. I get them when blow drying my hair. Typical!


Sunday, 25 May 2014

Life Through My iPhone: Week 2

Clockwise from top left:

Voting: London had a general election and European election this week so of course I went along and casted my vote. Suffragettes fought for women to have the vote, who am I to not use it as a result?


Thursday, 22 May 2014

Food: El Callejón, Barcelona

With our hotel being located down Las Ramblas and having experience a terrible meal at a nearby restaurant, it was time to check out TripAdvisor for recommendations on what to have to make it for it. Having also not yet had the chance to check out the Gothic Quarter, I wanted to find a restaurant that incorporates both - a good meal and located in the Gothic Quarter, and El Callejón is what we found. 


Monday, 19 May 2014

Food: Cafe Viena, Barcelona

When a friend of mine heard that I was visiting Barcelona, she insisted I eat at Cafe Viena on Las Ramblas proclaiming that it was the best ham sandwich she has ever eaten. Bit of an exaggeration? Clearly not considering that none other than Mark Bittman of the New York Times also claims, "it's the best sandwich I've ever had" in this article. Guess it's definitely worth a try then and see what the hype is all about. 

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Barcelona: Barcelona Cathedral

Aside from La Sagrada Família, another place of religious worship worth visiting is the Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulália, translated to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia and Barcelona's Cathedral. Work initially started on the building in 1298, and a significant portion of the building was constructed over two centuries between the 13th and 15th centuries; however it is not until 1913, it reached full completion with the last part of the central spire. Barcelona attractions are normally overshadowed by La Sagrada Família, but if you have the time, it's definitely worth venturing in as this building is an architectural delight located in the heart of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter. 


Monday, 12 May 2014

Barcelona: Camp Nou, FC Barcelona

Now I am the first to admit I am not a football fan. I really don't understand the "magical game" nor the pleasure people gain out of watching 11 men kick around a ball for 90 minutes. That aside, and mainly due to the OH, I found myself at Camp Nou (loosely translated to New Field) - the home ground of FC Barcelona, one of Catalan and Spain's most popular football clubs that has grabbed the attention of fans globally. So what was I doing there?


Thursday, 8 May 2014

Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia

If you ask anyone if there is only thing you should visit while out in the Catalan capital of Barcelona, chances are the answer would be the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia, or if that's too much of a tongue twister, the La Sagrada Familia - Gaudi's best known piece of work in the making. 


Monday, 5 May 2014

Barcelona: La Boqueria Market

One of the absolute must dos in Barcelona is to visit their famous market. Yes, you heard me correctly - visit their market! Let me introduce you to the amazing delight that is La Boqueria, Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, Barcelona's biggest market located just off La Rambla/Las Ramblas. Locals and tourists alike visit this place on a daily basis with locals picking up the freshest fruit, vegetable and seafood to cook and the tourists to pick up a refreshing juice and fruit salad, or just simply to take photos!


Saturday, 3 May 2014

Food: Artisa in Barcelona

Having downloaded the Trip Advisor app and the Barcelona city guide (highly recommend you do if you are travelling abroad), we found  a little place called Artisa minutes from where we stayed on La Rambla. And little it really is - there's a sign that says "Maximum 20 people"!


Thursday, 1 May 2014

Barcelona: What I Wore

Hey lovelies,

I've recently been holidaying in the Spanish city slash Catalan capital where I gladly swapped the grey skies of London for the blue skies of Barcelona. For the past three years, I've always taken the week before the early May bank holiday as annual leave as I tend to find the weather is beautiful with not a drop of rain to be seen or felt, and Barcelona was no different. 

Here's what I wore for the few days in this amazing city - 

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