26 July 2015

Exploring Barcelona and La Sagrada Familia

Following on from the previous Barcelona post, we had our first full day which was a no camera day for me as it was mostly spent on the beach relaxing, and taking in the beautiful surroundings with a cocktail in hand. The following day was then a complete contrast, moving away from the beach and onwards with a lot of walking (and climbing) and was very much all about exploring what the city had to offer.

Before heading out for the day we decided to stop off at Milk Bar & Bistro after spotting their menu the night before, and knowing we couldn't miss out on it. Oh my goodness you guys, the pancakes. The fluffiest things topped with bananas and walnuts, they were actually a dream. I need to find somewhere in London that makes them anywhere near as good. The Bistro itself was actually pretty cute, tucked away on a corner near our hotel and with an Alice in Wonderland theme throughout, I absolutely loved it. They had amazing berry and yoghurt french toast too.
Pancake fuelled, we headed to Parc de la Cuitadella - I wasn't too sure what to expect here but it was utterly stunning. The fountain within the park was quite something, both to look at and to look out from, and the further up the steps I went, the more I appreciated the work and design that had gone into it. 
We walked through the palm trees and discovered the little boats in the lake which you can hire from around €6. Of course we weren't going to say no and hopped in (it did take us a few moments to adjust to the paddles, it's harder than it looks!) 
After leaving the Park we took a detour to the Picasso Museum (no photo's allowed unfortunately!) which was definitely worth the visit, it was really interesting to gain some insight into the work and it made me appreciate it so much more. Bonus - it's free if you're a student! 
We then walked through the Triumphal Arch, leading us to La Sagrada Familia which was pretty breathtaking. The exterior was just so detailed and as much as it looks amazing in photo's, you really can't appreciate it until it's right there in front of you. Moving inside it was even more beautiful, the size and height of the ceilings were beyond my expectations - I honestly can't tell you just how intricate it was in there, and it's undeniable that Gaudi was an incredible architect. By the way guys, if you're planning on visiting, book in advance because the queues are ridiculous and you may not get in otherwise.
As well as viewing the church, we also booked to see the view from the Passion Façade. As someone that is scared (petrified) of heights, not only was it completely terrifying to see how high up we were, but walking down you could see every single step through the hollow centre too. Saying that, I don't regret it one bit, it was definitely worth it and the views were insane - if you're headed to Barcelona then do it, do it, do it! 
To finish the day we headed back to our hotel for some much needed rest before putting our glad rags on and heading out once more for dinner. We walked to Plaça Reial and after a ridiculous amount of choice restaurant-wise, we headed into Rossini where I had the most incredible four cheese, tomato and rocket pizza (not very spanish of me but at this point I had already outdone myself on the paella and patatas bravas front). Another big recommendation from me, amazing food and location to watch the sun go down from. 

Hope you've enjoyed my Barcelona posts so far, and I can't wait for you to see the rest - if you don't want to miss a post then you can follow me right here on Bloglovin
Have a lovely, relaxing Sunday, and speak to you soon...

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