Four Days In Beautiful Barcelona: Day 1

April 30, 2013

Having visited Madrid already this month, obviously I couldn’t get enough of sunny Spain so I went to beautiful Barcelona with my Croatian friend Mario for four days.

The next three days will be photo essays of our explorations in this clean and spacious city where everyone seems to have dogs and you can’t blame skaters for visiting from all over the world due to the vast smooth and flat spaces perfect for skating.

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It would be so wonderful if the trains in London and England were this clean and spacious – and space age!

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IMG_0817We rented an apartment through AirBnB which was situated around the corner from the very impressive Arc de Triumph.

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I seem to have a thing for architecture, so prepare yourself for many photos of buildings…

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There are plenty of street performers in Barcelona, this was the first crew we saw.

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Our first day appeared to have been the same day as the Barcelona marathon and there was a huge market underneath the Arc.

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Mmmm! Fooood!

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Barcelona is like being inside a giant maze made of apartment buildings.

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More glorious things to eat. Unlike Madrid, Barcelona had decent coffee!

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I found the churches in Barcelona really, really creepy. I was not in the slightest awe inspired like I was in the ones in Madrid.

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In Placa Nova we discovered this great pintxo restaurant, Bilbao Berria which totally spoiled us for anywhere else in Barcelona and we ended up eating there three days in a row! Happily, they have a branch in London too!

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Displayed all along the long bar are plate after plate of what are sort of party canapés, handful sized morsels of delicious combinations which you select onto your little plate and happily eat either standing at the bar or sitting at one of the busy tables. You pay by the stick, which you place into a tube on your table. Each pintxos was €1.65 and the deserts are heavenly also.

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Above is goat’s cheese and pine nuts with pureéd olives on a slice of baguette with salad leaves, nice, but I dont like olives so my favourite was the goat’s cheese on a thin slice of apple with caramalized sugar on the top. Delish!

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I got into trouble for taking the above photo, but each picture in the frames is a photograph which have had sections sliced out to create a sense of depth. Very cleaver and really great shots!

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You may wonder why there is a photo of a couple of gargoyles but look closely. We were in the gothic quarter where some of the buildings are ancient and each gargoyle looked suitably medieval except for this one, which looked like it was modeled on the cricket in A Bug’s Life!

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In Placa Nova, we got to watch the funny and talented Street Flow b-boy team do their thing.

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Spotted this gorgeous Lana Del Rey looking lady in the crowd 🙂

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The roses in Barca were amazing, I haven’t seen such lovely roses anywhere else and we were there on their Sant Jordi day which is a kind of Valentines Day in Spain where they sell beautiful big roses on every corner.

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This building looked straight out of Elizabeth Taylor’s epic Cleopatra movie!

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Part of the Barceloneta beach front.

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Did not expect to see surfing at this little city beach!

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We had such a good laugh at this daddy piggy backing three kids!

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Oh the view at the beach was lovely…!

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So that was day one, we walked over 10kms and were so exhausted, come back tomorrow for our discoveries of famous Gaudi art!

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