Barcelona | 2017

Barcelona was pure magic. 
It was the perfect city break inside the little bubble we created. We were quite happy to amble along the old cobbled, winding streets of the Gothic Quarter; stopping for a quick coffee break that lasted two hours soaking up the sun and people watching. Even being able to leave our hotel at 9pm to wander down the road to find tapas, drink far too much sangria and sit until they closed at 1am made me crave the European lifestyle. 
Barcelona has the perfect balance of enough "touristy" things to go see but none of the pressure of leaving and thinking you had missed out. Park Güell was worth the trek up a steep hill that could give some in San Fransisco a run for it's money. The Sagrada Familia was as dreamlike as promised, the light pouring through the coloured glass windows danced along the walls providing an ever changing canvas.
For the best views of the city and sea, we took the cable car up to the Montjuic Fortress where panoramic views were plentiful. No visit to Barcelona is complete without rambling down Las Ramblas visiting in the food market, saying hello to the flower vendors and slowly making the way down towards the infamous beach. It felt truly indulgent to lay on the beach with a good book and do nothing but soak up the sun...and get a little sunburnt. There's no better way to finish off a holiday. 

I can't wait to come back to Barcelona and explore more side streets, drink more sangria and maybe next time have a paddle in the ocean. 

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