Monday, 4 August 2014

Holiday: Barcelona!

I have just got back from an amazing 4 days in Barcelona with my boyfriend, Stuart, and although this isn't the usual type of post for my blog I really want to share it with you!





Firstly, what was in my suitcase...
If you're anything like me then a 'Holiday List' must be written at least 3 weeks before you go away. However this time round I left it all very late. We decided to just take hand luggage, which made packing cosmetics and toiletries very difficult due to the liquid restrictions! It also meant I couldn't take advantage of duty free perfume and make up! I took some of the samples I have received in my Birchboxes, some make up essentials, and I allowed myself to take just one nail polish - Models Own Beach Bag from the Polish For Tans collection - my favourite nail polish this summer. I won't tell you what outfits I took - I'm not particularly fashionable!

I very stupidly got excited during Avon's suncream deal and bought all my suncream before realising I couldn't take them in my hand luggage. I would have been more annoyed, but with the beautiful weather we're having in the UK (well we were up until now...) I'm sure I'll get to use them up here over summer.


The hotel.
We stayed at Hotel Indigo in Plaça de Catalunya, a 5 minute walk away from Las Ramblas. The hotel was amazing, I would very happily pack my bags and move in there (I wish!).


Sightseeing.
We visited most of the main sights in Barcelona but there were a few we had to miss out as we didn't have time to do them all. I'll just mention the main ones...

Sagrada Familia - this cathedral is amazingly beautiful. When I walked in and looked up I was blown away, it was beyond anything I expected. I could have stayed there for hours staring at the stained glass windows, the pillars, and the sculptures.




Park Güell - I have to admit I was a bit disappointed by the park. There wasn't as much Gaudi there as I expected. I love Gaudi and that's what I went for, but I don't think the park was worth the trip really. The pictures below (excluding the bottom left and top right) show the Gaudi bit of the park, but it was only a tiny section of the whole park.



Casa Batllo - this was definitely my favourite part of the holiday. Casa Batllo is one of Gaudi's houses and I found every single thing inside it fascinating. I could go on forever about this place. If you are going to Barcelona then you have to visit here, and Sagrada Familia, they are both incredible.




As I love Gaudi so much, and arts and crafts, I really wanted to make my own mosaic. There's a little place called Mosaiccos where you can do this, I spotted it on Tripadvisor as one of the best attractions in Barcelona. We decided to make a photo frame as we got a picture taken in Casa Batllo so we thought it would be nice to make a special Gaudi-style frame for it. Here it is, I love it!


We also bought a really unusual painting of the Sagrada Familia but unfortunately we left it on the platform at the train station :( I'm quite upset about it actually because we spent ages picking it and we loved the style so much. I haven't even got a picture of it!


Barri Gotic - we visited this place briefly in the day time and didn't see what all the fuss was about (a lot of people had recommended that we go). However when we went at night it was brilliant; old, beautiful buildings, street performers and musicians, local people dancing... it was a really nice experience. 

We also visited the beaches, the ports, and The Magic Fountain! We took the Bus Turistic which takes you around all the main attractions in Barcelona which was nice, we only stopped at a few though because we didn't have time to do them all, and the rest we walked to.




Shopping.

I visited a Sephora for the first time and oh-my-goodness, it is beauty bloggers heaven!


There was a seated area inside, a bit like a waiting room, that was full of men looking extremely bored, waiting for their wives! I found it really funny! I wish I had got a picture of it!

Unfortunately I never bought anything, as much as I would have loved to. It was so sad walking away seeing everyone else with loads of pretty things while I had both an empty basket and an empty purse. The same for Tiffany's, Thomas Sabo, and many other shops that I desperately wanted everything from!

Stuart got some sneaky pictures of me being drawn into shops by pretty nail polish displays haha...



The top right picture shows a nail polish collection inspired by Gaudi!

I found some brands (off the top of my head I can remember Max Factor) to be cheaper in Barcelona than here in the UK, unfortunately that wasn't the case for OPI :(



Inspiration.
I'm sure you've guessed by now that I love Gaudi! I am planning on doing some nail art inspired by some of his work. It is going to take me quite a while to do, and I still need to find the materials, but I think it will be worth the effort once it's finished. I'll do a separate post about it but I'll also add it to this post once it's done.


Will I be going back?
A million times yes! Barcelona is my new favourite place! I would have loved to have been able to stay a few more days. Stuart said he's going to look for a PhD there, and if he does I am 100% going with him! If you ever get the chance to go then you definitely should, it's such a beautiful place.


Have you ever been to Barcelona? I'd love to know what you thought of it and what your favourite bits were!

If you're planning a trip to Barcelona and are looking for some recommendations then feel free to send me a message :) (TheNailyMail@gmail.com).


12 comments:

  1. Casa Batllo, yay! I loved it there! So beautiful.

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    1. How amazing must it have been to live in that house?!

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  2. I really enjoyed Barcelona - I went there on a day trip whilst staying elsewhere in Spain! Love Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. I didn't manage to get to Casa Batllo which is a shame as it looks amazing! The fountains weren't running at the time of year when I was there! There's a couple of reasons to go back!

    Nice to hear about what you got up too x

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    1. If you get the chance to go back then definitely go to Casa Batllo! The fountain is definitely worth a trip too x

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  3. I haven't been to Barcelona but I'd love to go one day.

    It looks like you both had a lovely time and your photos are really beautiful :o)

    Emma xx || emsylou.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you :) You should definitely go if you get the chance, it's such an amazing place! x

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  4. Ohh I've just got round to reading this - I'm so gutted I missed out on the Casa Batllo and Mosaiccios! Well, it looks like Mike and I will just have to go back sometime! I also didn't understand the Barri Gotic, but we never went at night. Rubbish! I'll definitely be going back, your blog has just made me realise how much I miss it! The photos look amazing :) xx

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    1. Thank you :) You definitely will have to! I miss it so much already! x

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  5. Aw I loved reading this post, it sounds like you had such an amazing time! I would love to go to Barcelona, especially after reading this and seeing your pictures! But considering I have to save for Australia I don't think it will happen :(! Definitely after Australia though! Glad you enjoyed yourself and I love that photo frame!

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    1. Thanks! :D I really did, I can't wait to go back, but like you it won't be for a while as I'm saving up to go to Thailand! I'm very proud of the photo frame haha x

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  6. Barcelona is just magnificent! It's the most beautiful city I've been in, and believe me I have been in lots of places. I had the best time of my life and for sure I'm going back there! It was three years, though and I hope the city hasn't changed. If you want to have the perfect holiday in Barca, just like me I suggest you to look at http://www.catalunyacasas.com/ I used them in my visit in the city and I should say I'm very satisfied with them!

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