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Ciutat Vella

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  • Day75

    Barcelona

    November 11, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We got to Barcelona yesterday afternoon, from Montpellier, via train. Unfortunately, we only got to spend one full day here, and we’re leaving tomorrow at 4:30 in the morning for the airport! I love Barcelona, because it is so pretty, and has really cool buildings and parks. Also, the weather is a perfect temperature, (21 degrees C) not too hot, not too cold, which probably sounds pretty nice to all of you in Ottawa! 😄🌨
    Yesterday we went to Antoni Gaudì’s Basilica of the Sagrada Famillia, which is a giant church with lots of pillars. Then, mom and dad went out for dinner, while we got KFC and watched a movie in our apartment. Today, we took the metro and spent the morning at the Parc de Gùell, (Antoni Gaudì) and a few other places too.
    Turns out the Spanish language course I took on Duolingo did not help very much here, because the only things I learnt were food names! After a long search amongs tourist shops, I finally found Barcelona socks! Also, one last thing, on our way to the Sagrada Família, we took the metro, and there was a man who got on the metro with an amp, a speaker and a violin, and started playing ‘Despacito’!
    🎶 🍗 🚂 🛩
    Chloë
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  • Day6

    Halbzeit-Tief

    April 18 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Der Tag fing mit einem Frühstück im Nieselregen an. Wir waren aber motiviert, das Beste aus dem Tag zu machen und da die Wellen gut waren, entschieden wir Surfen zu gehen. Allerdings waren die Wellen doch ein bisschen höher als gedacht und Helena ein blutiger Anfänger. Fast hätten wir beim ins Meer gehen unseren ersten Streit gehabt, da unsere Lehrmethoden sich ganz schön von einander unterscheiden und Helena völlig überfordert von der Gesamtsituation war, während Mio sie ins Meer zog. Das war’s dann auch erstmal mit Helena und Surfen. Immerhin bekam Mio dann noch zwei Wellen. Danach wollten wir den Tag mit einer zweiten Barcelona Tour retten. Diese Stadt ist wirklich nichts für uns. Wir hatten ja gesagt, dass wir sie nicht so schnell aufgeben, aber nach diesem Tag haben wir es dann doch getan. Viel zu touristisch, dreckig und einfach nicht der richtige Ort. Im Bus hat Mio dann noch eine Meinungsverschiedenheit mit einem Mann gehabt und es ist ein wahres Wunder, dass wir uns nicht gegenseitig an die Kehle gegangen sind. Wir waren dann doch froh wieder in unserem Vito anzukommen und schlafen zu gehen.Read more

  • Day9

    Sabis Geburtstag und Gotic Viertel

    September 8, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    Heute war ein besonderer Tag!! Es ist Sabis Geburtstag!
    Begonnen haben wir ihn, in dem wir eine Flasche Champagner aus Paris geöffnet haben! Nach dem Aufstehen haben wir uns haben wir uns erstmal einen Kaffee gegönnt! Kurz darauf gabs dann nach einem kurzen Spaziergang auf der Las Rambla schon die Bubblewaffeln mit Eis für uns! Danach ging es weiter in den gotischen Stadtteil und zur Meerespromenade!
    Zur Feier des Tages haben wir uns noch eine kleine Massage gegönnt. Entspannt und hungrig sind wir dann zum Abendessen in ein kleines Restaurant namens „Rasorterra“! Das Essen war einfach genial!
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  • Day11

    Barcelona

    April 13 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Nach einem ganzen Seetag sind wir heute in Barcelona angekommen. Ich hatte ca 3 Stunden Zeit raus zu gehen und war mit Manu Pizza essen und Sangria trinken 😌🍷.

  • Day33

    Day 31

    June 30, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Today we went to the markets in the morning for breakfast which were amazing!

    Then Annie and I walked around and did all the site seeing of what Barcelona has to offer

    Then we went to a park which was designed by this one man who also designed the big church which was filled with mosaic

    Then we sat down for a dinner of tapas which was really good!!Read more

  • Day14

    Barcelona 12th - 15th

    May 14, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    After a short lie in we are up once again getting ready and it’s a day of spontaneity. I suddenly realised I had left a bottle of wine in the freezer overnight so went to get it out and left it to defrost. (Silly Jess) All holiday we have been talking about what we could do to remember this holiday by. Some people may not agree with what we did next and I’m nervous to tell you all 😂

    You can probably guess... after a lot of research and checking that what we were going to do was legit and safe, off we wandered............

    I’ve never felt so nervous in all my life, not knowing what to expect but I was certain in my mind that what was about to happen was something I wanted to do.........

    Okay I won’t leave you hanging anymore. If you haven’t worked it out already all 3 of us got a tattoo 😬 (sorry Mum and Dad). Holding onto one another’s hands we went through with it each having something small to symbolise what we have done. I was an adult about it and decided to have it somewhere where it can’t be seen and is easily covered 😁 (Please don’t kill me!!!) After worrying for ages about how much it would hurt I was surprised to find out it just felt like being scratched by a cat😂

    All 3 of us are so happy we had it done and couldn’t be more pleased by the level of professionalism the guy had, he was clean and thorough and told us everything we need to know about aftercare.

    After a crazy morning we had to have a McDonald’s to settle our stomachs again! Next it was on to St Josep’s food market which was amazing! I’ve never seen such a large food market with different types of meat, cheese, fish and sweet treats in.

    It was then onto do even more shopping!!! (Can you tell we are chilling out and having more of a leisurely holiday in Barcelona rather than site seeing - we deserve it!)

    Next we decided to have cocktails sat at a beachside cafe which were delicious before heading for our final meal :(

    This we had on La Rambla! We treated ourselves to more cocktails ordering a small one each and then somehow ending up with 1litre ones! I told the waiter we didn’t order large and he said he would just charge us the same price. As thought the bill came and he had charged us for 3 large cocktails. For once in my life I stood up for us and argued that this wasn’t correct and he went on to say I wasn’t right and he had never said that (he had). Eventually he gave in to me and reduced the price. Jess 1 Waiter 0. I noticed they had been doing this to a lot of people around and then arguing with them. Not good!

    Even with all that drama it was a lovely meal. It was then back to the apartment to get ready for our last night out 😁 I put the now defrosted bottle of wine into the fridge to make it a bit colder for half an hour. When I went back to get it out the bottle fell out of the fridge and smashed everywhere on the floor 😂 This bottle of wine was just not meant to be.

    It was then on to our last night in Barcelona. 😁 We were going to go out out but decided against it when we found not many places were open on a Monday! Determined to have a good last night we made our own fun with a trip to the shop to buy cards and drink for a night of girly gossip and games 😁😁 This holiday has been amazing but we are exhausted 😂
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  • Day13

    Barcelona 12th - 15th

    May 13, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    Our first morning in Barcelona... sunny Barcelona! I get out of bed and look out the window to see it’s cloudy :/ So much for sunny Spain 😂 Once we are all ready it’s off out to get brunch in a local cafe. It was a reminder of home, a very British tea room with coffee and ham and cheese croissants... lovely 😁

    Our apartment is just a short walk from la rambla, probably the most famous and busiest tourist street in Barcelona! Once we had finished in the cafe it was just a short walk. Immediately we were drawn to the market stalls where we bought some bracelets and anklets at the first stall we came to! I bought the final shot glass to add to the collection! For those of you that don’t know I buy a shot glass in each country I visit.. I have done this since my first holiday without parents.

    The market stalls had some nice things as well as some wacky things such as cactus’ growing out of mugs and shoes or as fridge magnets. 😂 We then wandered down to the harbour where we were amazed by the amount of expensive yachts moored everywhere (one day we will own one!) There is a bridge that cross’s over to the other side of the harbour where there is a shopping centre and other things.

    The weather had improved by this point and was nice and sunny making the sea look a lovely light blue colour, the colour you imagine Spanish sea to be. We spent time wandering around admiring the yachts and enjoying the sea view.

    Next we decided to visit the aquarium 😁 This was a brilliant idea as we wandered around like little kids looking at the fish 🐠 There was an option to swim with the sharks but we thought we would give that one a miss seeing as I won’t even get in the water with fish 😂

    When we came out the weather had turned again and looked stormy with the rain spitting. We wandered back towards the main shopping area where we found the longest strip of people selling fake goods I have ever witnessed. As tempting as it was we resisted the urge to buy fake Michael Kors bags 😂

    We found even more market stalls, this time selling food! It was here that we decided to try some churros. They were amazing ❤️ We found an empty bench and slowly realised why it was the only empty one. There was a man blowing massive bubbles and the wind was taking them out direction getting us covered in washing up liquid 😂

    Onwards we went, this time into the gothic quarter where there were many vintage, alternative and wacky shops which were extremely interesting looking around. It was now starting to rain a bit harder and so we decided to have an early tea to get out of the rain! We found a lovely tapas restaurant, recommended by Katie's dad on the harbour, where we had some tapas dishes and sangria... very Spanish... and very delicious.

    The weather does weird things here and now there was the most beautiful sunset as we ate our dinner. Once finished we found yet more shops to look around 😁😁😁😁 and decided to stop at Starbucks for a caffeine kick.

    It was then back to the apartment via the shop to get some drinks and nibbles for another night in chilling out after a busy day! We were going to go out for the evening but unfortunately Katie had a headache and didn’t feel up to it. I really like Barcelona as there is a lot to it and each area has something new to discover.
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  • Day8

    Barcelona!

    September 7, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    So wir sind endlich angekommen!

  • Day12

    En route to Barcelona

    May 12, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    So the day has come... our final train to our final destination 😔 We are extremely excited for Barcelona 😁🇪🇸 Our train was at 10.07 and the train is actually really really nice. We are sat on the top level as it’s a double decker train. We’ve come prepared with our lunch in our bags and plenty of films to watch on Netflix to pass the time. The lady sat next to us has her cat with her! Let’s just hope I don’t start sneezing the whole journey 😂

    Before we knew it we had arrived in Barcelona. Google maps told us it was a 30 minute walk to our apartment and so having been sat down for 6 hours we thought we would walk it in the rain (quite refreshing). We finally found the apartment however the owner was nowhere to be seen. After spending ages trying to get through to them we finally got hold of someone who told us to wait 15 more minutes :/

    She finally arrives with the key and speaks no English however I understand the word 4 in Spanish and so understood that we must go to the 4th floor. This is not an easy job with heavy suitcases, tiny steps and no lift 😬 We were pleasantly surprised when we got inside it will do us nicely.

    After a quick trip to Carreforre Express to get some ingredients, we were at work preparing a nice spaghetti bolognese for our tea accompanied with a bottle of 1€ wine which actually tasted surprisingly good. Although getting the cork out the bottle was a struggle and resulted in me practically hanging off the bottle with the Leah holding onto it for a good 10 minutes 😂 A quick shower to freshen up for tomorrow before bed was compulsory as well after having completed the longest, hottest walk we have done to date dragging our suitcases which now must weigh about 18kg. The muscles we will be coming home with will be bigger than any gym freak I know.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Ciutat Vella, Ciutat Vella de Barcelona, Distrito de Ciutat Vella, Vieille ville de Barcelone, シウタ・ベリャ, Distrikt Ciutat Vella, Старый город, 旧城区

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