Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Places I have been... Barcelona (The Summer Edition)

Apologies for being a really bad blogger lately, long days in the library have resulted in me coming home and curling up in a ball with hot chocolate and netflix, and that isn't exactly blog worthy! 

I'm still working on the 3rd installation of my Andalucian Adventures but I thought that I would share with you some of the other places that I have travelled to!

I took a gap year before coming to university and although looking back I didn't do as much travelling as I could have done I still managed to squeeze in some pretty awesome places! First stop Barcelona in July! 

This isn't the main Plaza de Catalunya of Barcelona, however it was the main square in the gothic quarter where me and my best friend stayed for the duration of our trip... If anyone visits Barcelona and doesn't take a trip to the gothic quarter then they are seriously missing out, it is such a stunning area and it is filled with more authentic shops and restaurants than you find on the main tourist tracks. As my Spanish teacher used to say... Eat where the locals do. 

Which is exactly what we did when we stumbled into this cute little restaurant above (although I'm not sure quite how authentic the hotdog is!) 

I think it may be impossible for me to visit a new city and not check out their Zoo! Barcelona's offerings were surpassed my expectations (and that's coming from a girl who lives up the road from the infamous Chester Zoo). It was really cool to be able to see a Tiger properly like this, but don't worry he did have plenty of places to hide in his enclosure, he was just choosing to sunbathe in quite a prominent position!

Perhaps not the most traditional picture of Park Guell but it was one of my favourites, I loved the detailing on the Lizard's hand! Despite managing to get immensely lost on the way, Park Guell was perhaps one of my favourite places I visited whilst in Barcelona- there is something to be said for sitting in the shade, reading your book whilst people watching with your best friend. 

I don't know about you but I think that this Starbucks in the Maremagnum shopping centre quite possibly has THE best view of all Starbucks?! (well at least the ones I have been to) and Maremagnum itself is pretty awesome, for those of you who have never been to Barcelona- it is basically a shopping centre which is built on the sea.... ON THE SEA. Plus it has all of my favourite Spanish shops in it, ALL of which were currently having a sale when I visited #winning. 

We took the funicular (you have no idea how long it took me to learn to say that word!) and a cable car up to Sala Montjuic for an open air film festival and this was the view from the cable car :) 

A jazz band played before the film started (10pm!!!) and lots of the local's had come prepared with picnics and warm clothing. Me and my friend managed to neglect the fact that it might be a tad cold up in the mountains at 10pm at night and so spent a lot of the film huddled up under our picnic blanket but nonetheless it was one of the best experiences that I have ever had. You can hire deck chairs for a small fee and should you find yourself there I definitely recommend doing so!

I mentioned in my 8 nerdy facts that I had been to the Mammoth Museum in Barcelona and being the Zoology geek I am it was definitely a good way to kill a few hours whilst the rest of Barcelona was on Siesta! For anyone who is heading to Barcelona soon the website of the museum can be found here

Has anyone else been to Barcelona? Didn't you just love it? 

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