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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

I'm homeee!

Hey everyone, so I’m back in Oxfordshire after a wonderful trip away to Barcelona with my two best friends. We had a great time seeing  lots of sights and soaked up the authentic Spanish atmosphere by exploring the local market and the famous la ramblas! I will be posting a blog every day for the rest of the week with details of what we did and tips on how to make the most out of your stay should you decide to visit in future, so keep reading and feel free to ask any questions!! I’ll also be pairing up with one of my friends as she posts daily fashion and beauty blogs so we’ll be connecting our articles to show what we did with our days; ill be posting about the area and sharing reviews whilst she’ll be discussing outfits and shoes so you can all see what we looked like during our trip away! I’ll drop my friends link into my next blog so be sure to look out for it and, again, both of us are here to answer any general queries you might have.

For now I’m gonna catch up with some sleep as I’ve been on the go since Friday and my body could do with recovering slightly from the excessive sun exposure and the alcohol intake… but more on that story tomorrow … not my finest moment haha!

Night peeps!

Jess x

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My Upcoming Trip!

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So it’s only 2 more sleeps until I go on a girly break away to Barcelona with my two best friends! We are catching a flight from Gatwick on Saturday morning and heading straight to the city for a long weekend of sun, sea, relaxation and lots of tapas and cocktails!

We are staying in the 2 star Hotel Meson Castilla which I was a little dubious about as I normally only stay in hotels that are rated 3stars plus (that’s just me being snobby!!) but we were offered this deal through Thomas Cook and, after looking at the brilliant reviews on Trip Advisor, we decided to bite the bullet and make the booking!

I will be posting a review of my holiday on Trip Advisor and my blog as well, so be sure to keep an eye out for it when I return next week!

In the meantime if anyone has any adivce on good restuarants/bars in Barca I would love to hear your recommendations! We are staying just round the corner from Las Ramblas so will hopefully be in the centre of all the action!

Adios for now!

Jess 🙂 x

Hello!

Hi everyone – welcome to my first ever blog!

I have decided to create a travel blog as I absolutely love visiting places and would love to share my experiences with other people and asnwer questions about my trips! I have been to lots of places in Europe and am planning on going to America for the first time next year on a month long expedition to take in the sights of the famous West Coast.

Creating this blog will keep all my memories and will allow my friends and family to see what I get up to while I am away on my big summer break next year! I’ll also be posting reviews on places I’ve already visited this year and will be asking questions on area that I plan to visit later on in 2014 so look forward to interacting with lots of you!

Happy reading!

Jess 🙂 x

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