5 September 2011

Like a jewel in the sun

A brief guide to the city of Barcelona...

Look up. As someone told me, something breathtaking is never too far away.
Don't accept free roses. They're not. Free, that is.
Be wary of super-gigantic, small-child-sized glasses of coke. They're expensive, but fun.
Singing to Enrique Iglesias is a must. In public.
Dreaming that said star is an architect may occur due to Gaudi-obsessed tours.
Speaking of the devil, Gaudi was a genius. A crazy-wonderful, creative genius.
Do not lose your room key. Or, if you do, do not proceed to the hotel reception in your Bongos pyjama shorts.
Yep, I have  those. And yep, I did.
Mirablau Bar. Go there. Just, do it.
Always ask why any free champagne is free. But be polite, not scary.
And most importantly? Laugh.

And I'm not talking some petty sniggering. Bellow, let go, giggle until it hurts. And then laugh some more.

I certainly did, and it was one of the best holidays I've ever had.



Sophie said...

Gorgeous photos! I loved old Barca when I went. It really is such a lovely city, so much to see and do!

frecklie said...

I have literally 2 minutes before reading your post booked a last minute 4 days away in Barcelona! We leave on Saturday! :) Will definitely follow your advice.. anywhere else you recommend visiting?
George | frecklie.blogspot.com

Sadie K said...

Great pics, I would love to go to Barcelona :) xx

Katie said...

Such gorgeous pictures! I laughed reading your tip about the free roses not being free haha

Lucy said...

Ah you're so lucky, these photos are amazing. Barcelona is on of those places I think everyone should visit.. It's on my list (:


liza said...

These photos are lovely! Sounds like a fantastic holiday, I would love to visit Barcelona :)


dinoprincesschar said...

I love Barcelona, I went there for a few days, but would love to go back as there is lso much more to see!

Susie said...

Oh wow--it looks like you had such a lovely time. Barca is one of my favorite cities! I hope that you made it to the Palau de la Musica Catalana when you were there--it's heavenly and LOL at getting locked out in your pajamas. :)

daisychain said...

those fruits look so happy.

Rachel, Cold Knees said...

gorgeous photos, love the angles. and the fruit of course. sounds like a fab holiday! xx

Laura said...

These tips are definitely to follow! Barcelona is such a beautiful city, I went on an art trip a couple of years back and loved it (though the anti-tourist protestors weren't too polite!)
Laura, hearts of sand

Maria said...

I wish I could have come with you, this looks so so lovely!

Maria xxx

Angel In This Dress said...

Ohhhh I've been dying to go to Barcelona! And your pics make me want to go even more! Gorgeous holiday snaps x x


Sherin said...

I immediately recognised Barcelona from the first picture!! I love it there. One of my favourite cities to visit. It's so beautiful and full of great history.

Miss Raj said...

wow, here's a city i've never have a chance to visit... but am soooooo tempted to do right now. looks like you had a BRILLIANT time, stunning pictures!

dan said...

never been but have always wanted to. love this post xx

Filipa said...

Best guide to barcelona ever! I'm bookmarking it and when booking a holiday , definitely taking notes! :)

Julia said...

Ah sounds like you had a fantastic time, the photos look so lovely! I've emailed you bac, thank you so much :)) xx

Temporary:Secretary said...

These are awesome photos, D! I thought I recognised some of the art nouveau movement. I have been but only for the day (we stayed in the nearby Salou). Barcelona is so nice. It looks like you had such an awesome time.

Thank you for the kind words about the H&C tee, i'm sure Niki will read it and will very much appreciate it. I know what you mean with the "gig merchandise", i bought a Pipettes one and although it's simple and i love it, it always seems more like a souvenir than something that I can wear. xxx

Heather said...

Gorgeous shots!!

Jaymie said...

I really want to go to Barcelona! xx

Jessamyn Read said...

Beautiful photos xx

claire (jazzpad.) said...

Oh beautiful, beautiful Barcelona! :) Gorgeous snaps here sweets, did you go on the cable car up to the top of the mountains behind? Hope you feel all well-rested and refreshed after a stint away, lucky bean! ♥ Claire @ Jazzpad

Caroline said...

Great Photos! I'd love to visit Barcelona, glad you had a fun time x

Michelle said...

Great post. Awesome photos and sage advice. Makes me want to go back.