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Ola, Barcelona

Hi! I have just been back from my summer holiday in Barcelona. I know I haven’t updated my blog for a while as I have been busy writing my thesis these past few months. I am very happy to let you all know that I have recently graduated with a Bachelor degree and this recent trip to Barcelona was a treat for finally completing my studies!

I was traveling alone and the experience has been overall a great adventure and a  journey of self-discovery and self-indulgence. Barcelona has indeed treated me well. I have had my best food  in the city, met many amazing and  interesting people, fostered new friendships  and enjoyed  many wonderful experiences.  Here are some photos that I took of the city during my stay there.  Most of the photos feature designs and architecture by the likes of Antonio Gaudi, Luis Domenech and Josep Pui of the Catalan modernisme movement. The buildings and streets have so many interesting and quirky stories behind them and it will be such a spoiler if these “secrets” will be all laid down here. If you love architecture, good food, great culture scene and a good story, Barcelona is full of it.

I love Barcelona and I will definitely be back!

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Parc Guell, a brainchild of Euseibi Guell and and designed by Barcelona’s own, Antoni Gaudí. The distinct colorful trencadis technique, a style created with broken mosaic tile patterns, adorn many surfaces of Parc Guell.

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Gaudí tiles on the chic Passeig de Gràcia

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Traversing the streets of Barcelona

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In one of the streets at the old Barcelona quarter, La Ribera

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Details of the Barcelona cathedral. A breathtaking example of gothic architecture

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Random guy walking past Plaça de San Felip Neri. Notice that he church facade bears marks of the bomb from the Spanish Civil War

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Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia details

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Casa Batlló by Gaudi. If you are an architecture aficionado, Barcelona is a must-see

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Casa Amatller by Josep Puig

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Cherub from Plaza Catalunya

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Shopping!

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Met many amazing fellow travelers. Here are the girls from LA, NY and SG

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Barcelona at night from Mount Tibidado–beautiful!. If you’re a Friends’ fan, you’ll recall that Joey mentions Mount Tibidado when he was helping Ross after being on a dry spell for six months hehe

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Palau de la Música Catalana facade details

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Passion facade of La Sagrada Familia

I will dedicate another post for some of the great food that I have eaten from there. For now, if you enjoyed this post, check out the other entries for this week”s challenge here.

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  1. She!! I have so many questions for you.. Planning to go rin to Barcelona.. Is 2 days/2 nights enough na? Where did u stay? Uso b pickpockets there?

    • Hi Pam! :D Two nights might be quite bitin coz there are quite a lot of things to see, I say 5 would be enough. But if you are just coming for a short visit, I recommend that you take advantage of the free walking tours offered by Sandeman’s: http://www.newbarcelona-tours.com/daily-tours/free-tour-of-barcelona.html. It’s a very good way get to know the city and I always make it a point to join their tours whenever I visit a European city for the first time. It is free but they work for tips and all the information you get within the 3 hour walk around the city is well worth it :)
      As for where I stayed, was at a hostel called Bed and Art which was a quick walk from the center, Plaza Catalunya and the airport bus stop . The reason I chose them was because I was arriving very late at night from the airport and I wouldn’t really wanna my drag luggage along the streets at 1 am.On hindsight, I could have chosen a better place for the price I paid and the taxis and metros were very cheap there anyway. About pickpockets, I didn’t encounter any problem even if I was traveling alone. One just got to look alert and aware of the surrounding to avoid being prey to these people anyway. Besides, if we made it out in Manila, Barcelona is a piece of cake :P If you have any more questions,just do let me know.

      • Hi she! Follow up question.. In case i can’t extend and 2 days lang kaya.. What’s the must see na i need to do to that’s unique to Barcelona na we won’t see in other spain cities

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