Barcelona – March 2013

Barcelona feels so long ago now but it was only two months ago. I’d go again tomorrow if I could. I have uploaded here a bunch of photos for you of my trip. Highlights included Gaudi’s work, a trip to Ferran Adrià’s chocolate shop, Cacao Sampaka, (he of El Bulli fame) and some super brilliant tapas. I also wanted to move to Barcelona just to go shopping at Mercat de la Boqueria everyday, the colours and the smells were amazing. It did rain quite a lot so the photos are a little grey.

Planning began well in advance

Planning began well in advance

An idea of the weather!

An idea of the weather!

Packing light

Packing light

John Lennon Airport and my feet

John Lennon Airport and my feet

My room... It was delightful

My room… It was delightful

Reading lists..

Reading lists..

Earl Grey, an Englishwoman abroad

Earl Grey, an Englishwoman abroad

Breakfast of Kings

Breakfast of Kings

Cacao Sampaka, owned by Ferran Adrià

Cacao Sampaka, owned by Ferran Adrià

A Gaudi masterpiece

A Gaudi masterpiece

beautiful bottled water

beautiful bottled water

Gaudi windows

Gaudi windows

Just a bit of idle window shopping

Just a bit of idle window shopping

More Gaudi

More Gaudi

More window shopping...

More window shopping…

I like owls very much

I like owls very much

Siesta streets

Siesta streets

Amazing supper at Tapas 24

Amazing supper at Tapas 24

The Best Pudding I ever ate

The Best Pudding I ever ate

Macaroons from that famous patisserie, McDonalds

Macaroons from that famous patisserie, McDonalds

More breakfast

More breakfast

Breakfast things

Breakfast things

Beautiful secluded streets

Beautiful secluded streets

La Merkat de Boqueria

La Merkat de Boqueria

artichokes

artichokes

Beautiful vegetables

Beautiful vegetables

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Delicious...

Delicious…

Prawns the size of your hand

Prawns the size of your hand

Lunch

Lunch

Sustenance for the flight home

Sustenance for the flight home

The sun came out as I boarded my flight

The sun came out as I boarded my flight

 

I stayed at Hotel SixtyTwo on the Pasages de Gracias. I would really recommend it. The rooms were beautiful, really nice thick cotton and bedding, a big bathroom with a lovely bath and a plethora of bath products to steal! All the staff I met were so kind and helpful, and not remotely judging when I tripped over the front step for the fourth time. Breakfast was a lovely buffet set out with all kinds of meats, cheese and breads and you could then order hot things from the kitchen too. Even the lift smelled amazing. It wasn’t terribly inexpensive but it was much nicer than staying down by the harbour and it was a real feeling of luxury, especially when hiding from the rain.

http://www.sixtytwohotel.com/?lang=en

I flew with Ryanair from Liverpool John Lennon. Someone has to.

I have posts written up to share with you about the things I ate and the things I saw but any more photos and the whole of the internet would break down in tears! I also have news of three new restaurants in Liverpool and several delicious salads and a hot blueberry and chocolate bun for you. I know, it’s promising to be good.

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