The British Fashionista on the Road – BARCELONA

barc1So I have just returned from 4 days in Barcelona or bath-e-loner as the locals sound like they pronounce it. I flew from Southend airport which was my first time, it is 40 minutes down the road from me and we flew with Easyjet.  The airport currently fly to limited destinations, Barcelona being one of them so I can’t wait until they fly further a field.  The time through the airport was quick and easy and even included a duty free shop!!!!.  The views were amazing as we flew over Essex past Southend pier.

Hello Barcelona! and cue a rotten cold. It must of been the recycled air on the plane because the cold that thankfully decided to give me a few days off in December was back in action the second we got to Spain. So while we saw a LOT while we were there, I am sure there are things we missed because I was feeling poorly with the chills.

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Follow the map so you can mark down some of our favourite barcelona hot spots.

How could anyone not love this magnificent city?  I just love everything about Spain, from the people to the culture, to the beautiful beaches to the food and especially the fashion. Onto my adventures,  so many people warned me that we were in danger of getting pickpocketed in Barcelona. So I decided on this over the shoulder bag from H and M. I never experienced anything and never felt unsafe the whole time and luckily went home with our passports and credit cards. I am sure there are areas where this is happening, but don’t be afraid if you go, just watch your purse (you will notice all the ladies have their purses in the front of their body and never to the back) and guys keep your wallet in your shirt pocket instead. You will be fine if you’re smart about it.

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Fashion 

You might not have heard of Uterque but if you’re looking for a new bag that doesn’t come with a designer price tag, this is the place, especially if you’re asking for an extra nice present.Uterqüe is an Inditex brand (just like Zara and Massimo Dutti), mainly available in Europe. When I first walked into their stores in Barcelona, I knew I’d want to shop there again – the clothes are cute, and not crazily-priced.  This is now my absolute favourite store.  Whilst away I went down La Rambla and spotted some other shops that I hadn’t encountered before.  Be sure to go into the department store el corte ingles as this store had everything from Coach handbags to Essie nail polish.You can visit I-am, Stradivarius, Pimkie and my personal favourite, Uterque.

Uterque

Uterque

Food

Food or in other words cakes!!!!. Nose was pressed up against a lot of cake shops (I have no shame I know!).  I had to sample the meringue and macaroons which are my absolute fav. It is difficult to get on the Spanish schedule with regards to eating.  Generally places open at 11 or 12 and then also take a break in the middle of the day.  They also stay up super late which I found hard to adjust to.

The Spanish love their cake

The Spanish love their cake

Fashionistas 

I spotted this fashionista in front of the segrada familia and had to take a photo.  In the distance whilst walking by the harbour I noticed a sign saying catwalk.  Wasn’t entirely sure what it was about but thought it was definitely a fashionista sign 🙂

Fashionistas

Fashionistas

Hotel

 We stayed in the K and K hotel in the Il born district, we found it via booking.com.  Booking.com are great as we didn’t have to pay until we got there.  It was a cool area to stay in and the location was perfect. It was far enough from the hub of the city but near enough to walk to all the main places of interest.  The hotel was lovely, the staff were very friendly and tentative, the beds were super comfy and the breakfast was great, plentiful and continuously topped up. Nom nom nom

K at the K + K

K at the K + K

Sightseeing

I did the usual sightseeing Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s amazing architecture, Picasso museum which included a temporary exhibition of other artists who interpreted Picasso work, the Barcelona cathedral which was so tranquil inside. I loved exploring the sights of Barcelona.  The architecture and history is fascinating.

Gaudi

Gaudi

These photos were taken in front of La Sagrada Família, a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain. This church was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.

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I also went to the Picasso Museum where you can see a wide variety of Picassos paintings and read all about his life. I was impressed by his talent at such a young age and his journey of exploring different mediums and styles. you have to go!  There is also a temporary exhibition on at the moment as well which is definitely worth going to – I secretly enjoyed that more.  It was artists interpretation based on Picasso’s art works.

Beach

I walked down near the beach because it was a glorious day when we arrived.  The harbour is near by with an array of restaurants to choose from.  We had paella which was delicious – well when in Spain !!!!!

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Unfortunately I didn’t get to visit the W Hotel as I was poorly and ran out of time, however I could see it in the distance from the marina and it looked amazing.  Next time I will definitely be visiting the bar at the top for the amazing views as recommended by my twitter friends..

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 Have you ever been to Barcelona? Tell me about it if you have 🙂 I’d love to hear from you.

kloves

@Pimkie_FR @kkhotels_europe @IAM @UterqueOfficial

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