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2014 ROUND UP!

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Hi everyone, So as we are nearing the end of this year I thought I would round up my highlights of the last twelve months and showcase how much my blog has grown since I started my brand Journeys with Jessica. As many of you know, my blog has only been active for the last six months and I run it alongside my full time job as an estate agent so unfortunately cannot give it my undivided attention although I do try my absolute best to update it as much as I possibly can!

I’ve been on some brilliant trips this year and have loved sharing my adventures with you all, so long may it continue and here’s to more success in 2015! There have been so many to choose from, but my top three highlights of 2014 are as follows:

1) Family holiday to Majorca

2) Winter city break to Reykjavik

3) Summer city break to Barcelona

Please click on the relevant links to view my blog posts for the separate trips! As well as growing my blog I’ve also updated my Trip Advisor account to Senior Contributor with currently over 30,000 readers and have been voted in the top 1%  in Oxfordshire. Please click here to view my Trip Advisor account and to view my travel map!

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I have grown my social media outlets this year and have a record number of followers on Twitter, Facebook and WordPress so that’s all down to you lovely lot! Thank you so much for choosing to keep up to date with all my latest adventures, I hope you continue reading and enjoy my posts – I can’t wait to bring you more in 2015! My current plans for next year are a bit up in the air at the moment, but I am hoping to go interailing around Europe over the summer and will squeeze in lots of city breaks so that I have tonnes to write about whilst getting my latest travel fixes!

Finally, I have made some wonderful friends in the blogosphere over the past 6 months and am excited to take this to the next level when I start attending travel conferences next year. I cant wait to meet some of the people that I have been interacting with recently! A big thanks to you for all your tips, friendly messages and helpful words of advice. Special mentions must go to the lovely Char from Taylor Hearts Travel and to the brilliant Jess from The Travelista as you two have been particularly helpful to me – can’t thank you enough!

That completes my round up for 2014 – it’s been a blast! I would like to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and fun-filled 2015… speak soon!!

Love Jess x

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The world famous nou camp which is home to Barcelona’s football team -would have loved to have gone inside but the other girls weren’t interested.. shame! nou camp

Final day in Barcelona!

Hey everyone,

So here is my final write up of our last full day in Barcelona, and it was certainly the best day out so far! After recovering from my horrible sickness the previous day I was determined to fit as much as possible into this last day so I didn’t feel that I had missed out on what the city had to offer, and I certainly made the most of it! We had booked tickets for a hop on hop off bus as we liked the look of the routes they offered and wanted to see as much as we could on our last day! The bus service was brilliant, we caught it from the Central square in the middle of the city (Placa de Catalunya) and took the red route first of all which took us past the main attractions. A day ticket was 26 euros, so pretty reasonable considering it took us across the whole city.

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The three routes broke down as follows:

Red route- stops included the well known Estacio de Sants, Anella Olimpica, Mirimar Jardins, World Trade Centre, the vibrant Parc de Ciutadella Zoo, and the scenic Port Olimpic & Port Vell

Blue route- stops included the world famous Sagrada Familia, Monestir de Pedralbes, Francesc Macia-Diagonal and of course the renowned Nou Camp (Barcelona’s football team stadium)

Green route – this repeated many of the stops on the red route, but kept more to the coastal side of the city so the beach could be seen from all angles. Parc Diagonal Mar was visited along with another dirve past the well known Port Olimpic.

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My preferred route was the blue tour as there were attractions on there that I was more interested in than some of the other routes and it was very scenic, taking you through the busy city streets and then to the outskirts where the views were more mountainous. The Sagrada Familia was by far the highlight of the trip for me, I thought it was absolutely stunning! The architecture was incredible, and I got some great photos from lots of different angles. Would have loved to have gone inside and done the tour properly but, as we had limited time (and my friends weren’t as big on cathedrals as I am!) we decided not to stop off at any of the attractions and stayed on the bus during both routes. As with most of these bus tours, the guided commentary on the ear phones was excellent and very informative. I have been on bus tours with similar companies in Paris & London and also found them to be brilliant!

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We stopped off for lunch in between the red and blue routes as we were getting rather hungry and ate at a little café in one of the quieter areas. We actually found this to be quite a nice refresher in between sitting on the top deck of the bus sunning ourselves and taking in the sights! Luckily there was a bus stop directly opposite the café as well which meant we could see when we were next due to be picked up and could always catch the next one if we didn’t make it as the buses came every 15-20 minutes – the service really was fantastic!

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Later on in the day, after we had got dropped off back at the Place de Catalunya, we decided to head to St Joseph’s market (Mercat de Sant Josep/ La Boqueria) one last time to gaze at the wonderful fruits, ice creams and smoothies and soaked up the wonderful Spanish atmosphere whilst we went around looking for some scrummy treats to purchase. As I mentioned in one of my previous blog posts, if I could have brought this market over to England with me I definitely would have, it was so beautiful!

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That evening, on our last night, we decided to head to one of the most upmarket restaurants in the city, The Attic Restaurant, located at the very bottom of Las Ramblas and right near to the port. The menu was reasonable but the portions were very small, although we expected this so we weren’t disappointed and the food itself was exquisite! If I were to return I’d definitely book a table on the roof top terrace- it looked amazing!

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We rounded off our last evening in Barcelona by bartering with the street sellers and I got myself a Louis Vuitton replica bag at an impressive price of just €18 so I was feeling proud of myself!! They were quite pushy though which made us feel a little uncomfortable, but I suppose that happens everywhere.

So with my purchase in tow we headed back to our lovely hotel and packed our bags ready for the flight home the next morning.. sob sob! 🙁 in a nutshell, Barcelona is one of the best cities i have visited and I can’t wait to go back! If you’re planning on going any time soon I’d love to see your blog posts and if you have any questions please get In touch so we can have a good old discussion about this beautiful place!

For now my Barcelona blog posts have come to an end, but I’ve been a busy bee since I’ve been back in England so ill post details of my new adventures soon!!

Thanks again for reading everyone! 🙂

Love Jess x

Sorry…. delayed write up of Barcelona Day 2!

Hi everyone, hope you are enjoying this lovely sunny weather – who else keeps forgetting that they’re actually in England?! I know I do!!

Firstly I wanted to apologise for the delay in uploading this post, I haven’t been too well over the last few days hence the lack of activity! Unfortunately I also wasnt very well at all on day two of my trip (but this was down to too much drinking the night before!!) and so there isn’t actually a lot to tell you but I will do my best.. enjoy!!

So after being repetitively sick for more than 12 hours (stomach bug, alcohol poisoning – call it what you wish, but it was truly awful!) I wasn’t able to get out and enjoy the Spanish sunshine as I would have liked and was therefore confined to my room as I couldn’t even get out the door without needing to go straight back to the bathroom! I didnt want to spoil the day for my friends though, and so they went out on a boat trip round the port which they said was very enjoyable but was quite pricey at a staggering 48 euros each!! I think they boarded quite a small boat so it was more personal and they were on the water for around 2-3 hours. They did enjoy the trip but said there wasn’t much to see as it literally just went round the beach and  the port. I am sure it was worthwhile though!

Once they had returned and I started to feel a bit better towards the end of the day I managed to get changed and ready for our evening meal. After ordering the plainest thing on the menu I fell ill again and unfortunately had to rush to the toilet to be sick! Obviously this spoilt the evening and I had to go home, but the girls ordered some Tapas dishes at the restaurant and said it was good so I think they made the best out of it! We ate at a restaurant called Moka http://www.moka.es/ and it was laid out like a diner, quite cool inside with lots of different dishes to order.

That pretty much sums up day two of my trip, watch out for day three coming next which I promise is much more interesting! Thanks for reading!

Jess 🙂 x