We spent 6 days in Barcelona which can only be described as a ridiculously cool City; where else can you tour a Gaudi house, take in some Picasso then dine by the beach all a few minutes walk away from each other? The architecture of the City makes you feel like you are in Paris yet the relaxed beachy vibe is more well..Sydney;) One thing the City does have on Sydney is the myriad of bar's and restaurants which are open until all hours of the night (although most don't open until 8.30pm for dinner) and if you plan on some retail therapy take into account that most shops close from 1pm - 4.30pm (you do wonder why they even bother opening in the first place!) and on Sunday most shops (even including Zara!!) are closed.

We spent most of our days just walking around the City discovering little lane ways and yes we did a lot of shopping (you would think after our efforts in Morocco we would have been spent - literally) but we found the City really affordable (Zara and Mossimo Dutti half the price of Australia) we had amazing set menu lunches (3 courses) for around $15 a head so what we were saving on food we were spending on Fashion!

 

Ohla Hotel where we stayed was amazing - right at the start of the Old District it was an 18th Century building converted into a 5 star boutique hotel; staff friendly and helpful and the restaurant served up beautiful food (which we sadly discovered on our last day)

And best of all - the rooftop pool terrace which looked over Barcelona City and out to the Sea (quite a bit of time was spent up here as i was nursing a flu from the 2nd day of our stay)

 

Our first night in Barcelona (before the flu hit!) we hit the town running

 Friends of ours had flown in from London for one night (as you do!) to see us and had booked the michelin starred Comerc 24 - the men claimed to be starving so we decided to go for the 18 course option..(5 of these were desserts!) this was our last stop for the night - we could barely walk to the waiting taxi out the front

 

Me on the 6th or 7th course - their famous Kinder Egg which the waitstaff make you guess the ingredients after you eat it - Egg, truffle and Potato! Delish!!

Me with our friends the morning after..we all claimed we would never eat again..

But brunch was calling.. Jamon, croquettes, garlic prawns, roasted potato's...

 

A walk around the Gothic quarter was in order - my poor hubby- i made him pose next to a yellow post box - he was wearing blue and white stripes!!? (how could i miss this photo op!)

 

Me attempting to walk off the previous nights 18 courses

We managed to stumble upon the food market - this City is obsessed with Jamon - the pigs in Spain that feed on acorns which makes for exceptional ham;)

Gruell Park which was designed by the legendary Gaudi - the park is huge it sits atop a hill and overlooks the City - as you can see is packed with tourists which is a standard where ever you seem to go in Barcelona - each year around 7 million tourists visit the City! A lot considering the City's population is just over 3 million

The view from the top of the Park - i am in flu hell at this moment hence the Victoria Beckham grin;)

 

The Park is terraced as its built on a hill- these uneven columns hold up the terrace balcony above

 

The entire ceiling of this terrace is tiled with mosaics - one of the many building techniques that Gaudi pioneered

 

Sagrada Familia - the church that Gaudi took over the design of in 1915, he was still working on this insanely elaborate church before his sudden death in 1926 (he was tragically hit by a tram) the plans of the church are so elaborate that it is still under construction and will be until 2030 (the middle turret is 170m high- still to be built!)

 

Casa Batllo - another Gaudi masterpiece that was a private home of an industrialist

Me taking a tour of Gaudi's Casa Batllo

 

We also made the pilgrimage to Montserrat - a soaring series of mountains an hour out of Barcelona; the Monastery up here was thought to contain the Holy Grail! We opted to ascend the mountain via cable car;)

The view from the top is amazing! (and that guy pretending to hold up the statue - tourists!!;)

 

We of course had to go to the Picasso Museum - the largest collection of the Artist's early works as he spent his early years growing up in Barcelona; the old mansion which houses the museum is amazingly beautiful as well

Then lunch on the beach

 

Now for some shopping..we stumbled upon this boutique Iriarte & Iriarte in El Born which is the studio and shop for these beautiful handbags which are designed and handmade in Barcelona; the leather is vegetable dyed and the hardware is brass - i couldn't resist the grey and tan coloured leather bag at the front - am actually trying to get distribution to sell them here as i literally wanted to buy out their entire collection!

 

Ok so they share the shop with another local Designer - 'Apres Ski' i was also obsessed with their handmade jewellery (think Dinosaur Designs but not just resin - Lucia the designer mixes up the pieces with hand painted wood, vintage beads and the most amazing colour combinations) yes you guessed it also trying to get distribution in Oz as i also wanted the entire collection - lets just say we were impressed with this shop!

 

Another amazing necklace from Apres Ski

 All of the pieces are made on premises - these designers are true artisans

And the Spanish shoes...sooo comfy and soo cheap - i bought the green sandals;)

Now you can't go to a European City and not go to their flea markets - can you?! It really didn't help that my Spanish doesn't exist beyond Ohla and Gracias - to say i probably got ripped off was an understatement - mental note befriend a local to negotiate for me next time!

 

There were some serious finds (if only i lived locally and didn't have to ship back to Oz!) this Antique glass chandelier?!

OMG matching lucite side tables and bar cart?! Yes Please! and they are meant to be dirt cheap!

 

 

 

We spent 6 days in Barcelona which can only be described as a ridiculously cool City; where else can you tour a Gaudi house, take in some Picasso then dine by the beach all a few minutes walk away from each other? The architecture of the City makes you feel like you are in Paris yet the relaxed beachy vibe is more well..Sydney;) One thing the City does have on Sydney is the myriad of bar's and restaurants which are open until all hours of the night (although most don't open until 8.30pm for dinner) and if you plan on some retail therapy take into account that most shops close from 1pm - 4.30pm (you do wonder why they even bother opening in the first place!) and on Sunday most shops (even including Zara!!) are closed.

We spent most of our days just walking around the City discovering little lane ways and yes we did a lot of shopping (you would think after our efforts in Morocco we would have been spent - literally) but we found the City really affordable (Zara and Mossimo Dutti half the price of Australia) we had amazing set menu lunches (3 courses) for around $15 a head so what we were saving on food we were spending on Fashion!

 

Ohla Hotel where we stayed was amazing - right at the start of the Old District it was an 18th Century building converted into a 5 star boutique hotel; staff friendly and helpful and the restaurant served up beautiful food (which we sadly discovered on our last day)

And best of all - the rooftop pool terrace which looked over Barcelona City and out to the Sea (quite a bit of time was spent up here as i was nursing a flu from the 2nd day of our stay)

 

Our first night in Barcelona (before the flu hit!) we hit the town running

 Friends of ours had flown in from London for one night (as you do!) to see us and had booked the michelin starred Comerc 24 - the men claimed to be starving so we decided to go for the 18 course option..(5 of these were desserts!) this was our last stop for the night - we could barely walk to the waiting taxi out the front

 

Me on the 6th or 7th course - their famous Kinder Egg which the waitstaff make you guess the ingredients after you eat it - Egg, truffle and Potato! Delish!!

Me with our friends the morning after..we all claimed we would never eat again..

But brunch was calling.. Jamon, croquettes, garlic prawns, roasted potato's...

 

A walk around the Gothic quarter was in order - my poor hubby- i made him pose next to a yellow post box - he was wearing blue and white stripes!!? (how could i miss this photo op!)

 

Me attempting to walk off the previous nights 18 courses

We managed to stumble upon the food market - this City is obsessed with Jamon - the pigs in Spain that feed on acorns which makes for exceptional ham;)

Gruell Park which was designed by the legendary Gaudi - the park is huge it sits atop a hill and overlooks the City - as you can see is packed with tourists which is a standard where ever you seem to go in Barcelona - each year around 7 million tourists visit the City! A lot considering the City's population is just over 3 million

The view from the top of the Park - i am in flu hell at this moment hence the Victoria Beckham grin;)

 

The Park is terraced as its built on a hill- these uneven columns hold up the terrace balcony above

 

The entire ceiling of this terrace is tiled with mosaics - one of the many building techniques that Gaudi pioneered

 

Sagrada Familia - the church that Gaudi took over the design of in 1915, he was still working on this insanely elaborate church before his sudden death in 1926 (he was tragically hit by a tram) the plans of the church are so elaborate that it is still under construction and will be until 2030 (the middle turret is 170m high- still to be built!)

 

Casa Batllo - another Gaudi masterpiece that was a private home of an industrialist

Me taking a tour of Gaudi's Casa Batllo

 

We also made the pilgrimage to Montserrat - a soaring series of mountains an hour out of Barcelona; the Monastery up here was thought to contain the Holy Grail! We opted to ascend the mountain via cable car;)

The view from the top is amazing! (and that guy pretending to hold up the statue - tourists!!;)

 

We of course had to go to the Picasso Museum - the largest collection of the Artist's early works as he spent his early years growing up in Barcelona; the old mansion which houses the museum is amazingly beautiful as well

Then lunch on the beach

 

Now for some shopping..we stumbled upon this boutique Iriarte & Iriarte in El Born which is the studio and shop for these beautiful handbags which are designed and handmade in Barcelona; the leather is vegetable dyed and the hardware is brass - i couldn't resist the grey and tan coloured leather bag at the front - am actually trying to get distribution to sell them here as i literally wanted to buy out their entire collection!

 

Ok so they share the shop with another local Designer - 'Apres Ski' i was also obsessed with their handmade jewellery (think Dinosaur Designs but not just resin - Lucia the designer mixes up the pieces with hand painted wood, vintage beads and the most amazing colour combinations) yes you guessed it also trying to get distribution in Oz as i also wanted the entire collection - lets just say we were impressed with this shop!

 

Another amazing necklace from Apres Ski

 All of the pieces are made on premises - these designers are true artisans

And the Spanish shoes...sooo comfy and soo cheap - i bought the green sandals;)

Now you can't go to a European City and not go to their flea markets - can you?! It really didn't help that my Spanish doesn't exist beyond Ohla and Gracias - to say i probably got ripped off was an understatement - mental note befriend a local to negotiate for me next time!

 

There were some serious finds (if only i lived locally and didn't have to ship back to Oz!) this Antique glass chandelier?!

OMG matching lucite side tables and bar cart?! Yes Please! and they are meant to be dirt cheap!