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SUMMER IN BARCELONA : All the Juicy Details

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We have finally arrived on paradise island of Spain, Barcelona! Stayed at a humble hotel in the middle of Barcelona, H10 Montcada Boutique Hotel, located at Jaume I metro station. It took us about 40 euros via cabby from the airport to the hotel. We were welcomed by a glass of champagne from the lobby staff and he familiarise us with the location around the hotel and our hotel facilities. Apparently it was the best location for the 5 nights stay here in Barca.

It was already past midnight by then, we didn’t get the highest floor like what I requested but it was alright. We had free breakfast provided for the whole stay 0730-1030 and we would usually crash the buffet at about 0945 each morning. The hotel stay we paid was about 2.1k for two rooms for 5 nights. It was conviniently located just next to the metro and walking distance to La Rambla and Barceloneta Beach which was awesome. Definately recommend to stay here if you’re making your way to Barca for holiday.

The next morning, 11 hours later, we all got excited because it was our first official day in Barcelona. Whacked the buffet counter, got dressed up and we were all ready for La Sagrada Familia. I have already pre-booked the tickets for the church and also Antonio Gaudi’s House (Parc Guell) online which was about $18.50 euros each. Definately saves time queueing up in the hot sun and they have specific timing to go in every half and hour or so, so if the tickets are fully booked during that time, you are unable to head inside until your time frame.

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We booked our tickets at 1300hrs, just nice for some fun time in the sun and admiring this beauty. La Sagrada Familia has been built since 1882 and its ground breaking architecture is still being renovated til today after the passing of Antonio Gaudi, this was suppose to be his last project, until he was hit by a tram and died in 1962. Yet still, his artwork has to be completed in prolly 2026. The details of the building was so amazing, pictures just don’t do justice! You have to see it to believe it! Today is all about looking at Gaudi’s artwork anyway.

Isabelle, Sukri and I have been wanting to visit this place eversince I told them we should go to Barcelona. We called this place “Sangria Mangria” because it was too difficult for us to pronounce the words right in the beginning. Whenever we saw the pictures online, we’ll go “Sangria Mangria” and we totally what place we were talking about.

After much camwhoring, we finally decided to step inside of the church, the architecture was way beyond imaginary. Antonio Gaudi definately had a brillant ideas knowing it was built way back in time. Inspiring man I should say.

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After much awing of his works, we decided to take a walk in the park just infront of the church, where we got a clearer view of the whole church at the background.

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We had time before our next ticket to Parc Guell, as I booked it as such it was in the evening, so we have plenty of time in the afternoon to explore Barcelona.

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We decided to go to La Pedrera, definately one of my bucketlist places to visit while we’re here. We stopped over at Diagonal metro station and walked over to La Padrera.

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To my surprise the location that I wanted to visit was at the top of the building! I really thought it was a ground park attraction! Really interesting!

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We paid about $20.50euros each for the ticket, which was at 14:30hrs and they also had free audio guides which we obviously didn’t take because all we wanna do was to take pictures and selfies of us and the zenith of Gaudi’s work – according to the brochure.

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I swear I fell in love with Casa Mila. The alien like, snake like, futuristic robot like structures are beyond amazing and I loved it so much.

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I left my heart at the top of Casa Mila, didn’t want to leave this place 😥

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My love for flash tattoos just went up a notch, bought it at Sephora New York boutique and it fits perfectly for Barcelona! Here’s my lovely flashtat “Sofia” against the stunning creatures of Gaudi’s.  photo sa16_zpsd0suwdxt.jpg

I have been admiring the boho chic look this summer, incase you’re wondering where I get my amazing outfit 🙂

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Top: Forever 21

Pants: Forever 21

Bag: Forever 21

Bangles: Lovisa

Necklace: Lovisa

Hat: Zara

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It was time to make way for Parc Guell, where Gaudi used to live in. We hopped onto the metro station again and this time, we had to search for Vallcarca station, which was the nearest to Parc Guell. I must say that it as quite a walk. Anyways, as I was saying, Gaudi stayed inside the park alongside Parc Guell, the architect perfected his personal style through inspiration from organic shapes found in nature, filled with colourful mosaic designed animals, cotton candy and gingerbread man houses and the amazing out of the norm cave. This man brought Barcelona to life, prolly more than millions around the world come to visit his multiple attractions all over Barcelona.

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After much walking, we are here!!! I love how the trees in Spain look like, very exotic palm trees which compliments the amazing vibe whenever you’re walking around. Oh yes, most people here speak Catalan, because they are part of the Catalunya region in Spain, but English is quite familiar to them as well, rarely had any problems encountering language barrier so it was all good! 🙂 And then of course we have Espanyol, spanish people around everywhere. Like duh!

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Bird nests built by Gaudí in the terrace walls. The walls imitate the trees planted on them.

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Anyways, walking towards Parc Guell, majority of the part here is free access, located at La Salut, where you can sit down and have some Sangria (just like we did) and enjoy people watching. We were so amused by the free entertainment provided by the immigrants who were running away from the police everytime their police cars past by because they were selling items like magnets, earrings, tees, selfie sticks etc etc. They would carry all their items in a large piece of white cloth, throw it against their back and start running like chickens around Parc Guell. It was definately entertaining I would say. The policemen aren’t as strict as compared to my country I would say.

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It was 17:30 and it was time for us to visit Antonio Gaudi’s House, I purchased the ticket wrongly online as it was misleading, because Gaudi’s House was inside the park, so I thought I’ve booked tickets for the entire park.  photo pa10_zpskrbnw5mm.jpg

Anyways, we re-purchased the tickets for Parc Guell for 8 euros each at the machine counters where you have to walk downhill to Parc Guell where the entrance is. There is a time frame 18:30 – 19:00 to go inside of the park, if not every half an hour, your ticket will be considered as invalid if you miss the time slot. Thank god they weren’t much people to begin with and there was a short queue, of course I was bursting as i needed to use the restroom which was inside of the park so the 7 mins took forever to past. They close at 21:00 daily.

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There it was, the cute little house that I have always admired while looking through pictures of Parc Guell. Holding my hand is my little brother, Sukri, inspired by the “follow me to” by Murad Osmann and his girlfriend Natalia.

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Behind it, was the famous steps of Parc Guell, built in 1900-1914, which of course lies Gaudí’s multicolored mosaic salamander, popularly known as “el drac” that is filled with lots of people just spamming their pictures and poses with it!

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Just look at Colonnaded pathway where the road projects out from the hillside, with the vaulting forming a retaining wall which curves over to support the road, and transmits the load onto sloping columns. How do you even! *loves

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Parc Guell has two storeys to it, The focal point of the park is the main terrace, surrounded by a long bench in the form of a sea serpent. The curves of the serpent bench form a number of enclaves, creating a more social atmosphere. Gaudí incorporated many motifs of Catalan nationalism, and elements from religious mysticism and ancient poetry, into the Park.The ground floor has the giant pillars, the cave and the famous steps.

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Doric columns support the roof of the lower court which forms the central terrace, with serpentine seating round its edge.

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I really love the sun and the background of Parc Guell. I must say I had a good hair day today and credits to the amazing samsung edge 6, #nofilter.

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We bumped into this cute lil shop beside Parc Guell and things inside here are to die for!!!  photo pa21_zpsjfcuwawn.jpg photo pa23_zpsxehfddmj.jpg photo pa24_zpsul85tpsi.jpg photo pa22_zpsga3u3gcv.jpg photo pa25_zpsewgzaivr.jpg

It was getting dark and we left the area to have dinner near our hotel.

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Oh yes! The metro stations! The cheapest cheapest way to get around Barcelona is via metro, take the T-10 metro card, where you get $9.95euros for 10 travels, you can pass around the ticket and use it so my siblings and I keep playing the passing the card game everytime we enter metro stations, you don’t need the ticket for exit, sortida in Spanish, so we did use about 2 T-10 metro cards today:

Jaume I – Sagrada

Sagrada – Casa Mila

Casa Mila – Parc Guell

Parc Guell – Jaume I

That’s the end of Day 1!

Stay Tuned for the next episode, where them hot soccer players in Barcelona kick some balls in the same field we visited, FC Barcelona Stadium Tour!

XOXO

LISAFEMME

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