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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Exploring Barcelona

I'm in love with Barcelona. 

There's just so much to do and see.  Our first stop was the Sagrada Familia and it really was as incredible as everyone makes out. There have been so many times I've gone away on someones recommendations only to find out the place they've recommended really isn't that great -  Barcelona was an exception and definitely lives up to the hype and more. Just look at it! 

The building of Sagrada Familia started in 1882 and wont be finished until 2026; it's a shame in way that we didn't get to see the finished thing but at the same time I love the idea of a building taking so long and no one giving up on it. Does that make sense? I just think it's such a really selfless thing to think of and be working on something that you are not necessarily going to see finished. I guess it just means I will have to come back when it's completed. 

One thing that I really loved about the Sagrada was how different it was to what I was expecting. I thought it would be a dark hall with unnatural lighting (like most of the religious buildings I've seen) but it was so different, just full of colour and light. Such a beautiful place.
After wandering round the inside and outside twice (to make sure we didn't miss anything) we went for a walk around the city. 

Stopping for the all important snacks...Nutella and Straichella icecream <3

Taking in as many of the sights as we could...

...until, as a matter of survival, we stopped for a drink at the harbour.

After a few drinks we headed for lunch which I loved because a) I'm greedy and spanish food = amazing food and b) there was an instagram husband outside taking photos of his lady for ages in lots of different poses and it was hilarious. He kept going over to show her the photos and she would just shake her head and start posing again. At one point a skateboard was brought in as an accessory and my friend and I just broke down into giggles whilst simultaneously wishing we had instagram husbands to do that for us haha. It was just so fun to be taking in the view and watching this guy take approx 864868 photos at every conceivable angle. 

We ordered these amazing patatas bravas:

...with the red prawns and garlic.

...and more wine, because if you can't day drink on holiday then when can you?!

There's something so mischevous feeling about drinking in the day - it's just good fun every now and then isn't it?

Feeling a little tipsy we headed back to our hotel and spent some time relaxing and taking in the view from the rooftop pool. I say rooftop pool but it was actually tiny and nothing like the hotel had advertised. I have no idea the crazy angles they must've been leaning at to make it look so much bigger but it must've been really difficult so kudos to the photographer haha. 

After relaxing for a couple of hours we felt refreshed and ready to explore some more. We headed to Cuitadella Park for a wander.

Home of the prettiest parliament building I've ever seen...

...and this rather Game of Thrones themed water-feature...

...and this very beautiful University building...

...before heading for some more tapas. I can't remember the place that we ate at but it was opposite this building and is definitely worth finding. Good luck adventuring!

We had king prawns...

....a few more dishes which I would recommend but that didn't photograph well (the empadanas, the patatas bravas and the chorizo with the chilli sauce) and my favourite, the sundried tomatoes and anchovies on crusty bread with olive oil. Delicious.

We drank lots of sangria for the rest of the evening before an early start the next day to Parc Guell. I can't wait to show you,


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