A ‘Cultural Day’
We decided that after so much time sunbathing yesterday we had better have a ‘cultural’ day and see some of the amazing sites Barcelona has to offer!
After breakfast and a cup of coffee to get us going, we headed off in search of rental bikes.. two hours later and stops at the Arc de Triomf, Parc de la Ciutadella, and a long walk along the beachfront, we realised we had gone a very very long way to get to the bike rental place which was actually only a 25min walk from our guesthouse! We soon set off down the busy streets of Barcelona, eventually arriving at the stunning, crazy, impressive, beautiful, and astounding Placa de la Sagrada Familia – the cathedral designed by Gaudi. It is a completely amazing site to behold, both inside and out! The inner ceiling is designed to look like a forest canopy and is unlike anything I’ve seen before!
A quick sandwich in the park and we were off biking up to Park Guell, another place in Barcelona graced with Gaudi’s intricate and distinctive design work! The park has stunning views over the city looking down towards the beach, and the viewing platform, entrance, and ‘house’ within the park are covered in beautiful tile details Feeling happy (and sweaty… it was HOT in the sun! haha) we biked back to our guesthouse, admiring again the many beautiful buildings, statues, and churches along the way. The bike lanes in BCN are in the middle of the road which was also an interesting experience!
That night we headed to the little courtyard outside the Av de la Catedral for tapas and wine – the perfect end to a wonderful and exhausting day! Tomorrow we will probably take it easy again.. i.e. beach time! hehe Happy Wednesday everyone!
Finally here are some pics from our first day in the beautiful city of Barcelona! It was awesome to be able to wear shorts and feel the heat of the summer sun beating down on us at last…(sorry London, haha)… although apparently my skin is more English than Vietnamese and I ended up with unwelcome sunburn by the day’s end!
The day was, however, the best kick-start to our holiday! We wandered down the famous La Rambla full of shops and street vendors, making our way slowly to the beach for lunch. The beach was PACKED with people, and we had to fight for towel space – but it was worth it! Lying in the sun with hundreds of other holiday-makers, sipping on strawberry mojitos, and swimming in the warm sparkling sea… so amazing! A gelato or two later and we were back wandering around the small cobbled streets, looking at all the narrow alleyways and picturesque buildings with their romantic wrought iron balconies and flower boxes… We saw the wonderful Av De La Catedral and an interesting local street parade, before settling down for some sangria and paella!
Am off to fall into bed for another night… hope you are all having a good week!
Random collection from London!
Woops, I haven’t been able to blog for a couple of days as I am now in BARCELONA (!! ) and the internet wasn’t working at first, but now I am back online! Here are a few random pictures from the rest of my week in London including a visit to Harrods, my new & beautiful ring from YSL (I love it!!), the Portobello Rd markets in Notting Hill, Big Ben and the parliament buildings, Trafalgar Square… I managed to see and do quite a bit!
Alice, you are the most amazing host… thank you so much again for the yummy meals (lasagne, pie, oh and of course glasses of Pims!!) and taking such good care of me!
Tomorrow I will be able to post pics from Barcelona – it is so beautiful here! Hope you have had a good start to the week