Visiting Barcelona

Carley and Stacey adorbs

As we mentioned in our last post, Stacey and I had a crazy start to September, with a few days at work before we jumped on a flight to Spain to spend 4 days in Barcelona. It was perfect timing for us both, as it meant we escaped some of the horrible Scottish weather that came at the beginning of September, as well as having a bit of time to ourselves to relax and explore somewhere new!

We grabbed a Ryanair flight to Barcelona from Edinburgh on Sunday evening, and managed to just about get through the 2 hour flight – honestly, flying on budget airlines stresses us both out! Once we arrived in Barcelona, we managed to get a bus into the city centre, and it was then literally a two minute walk to our hotel. When researching our trip, I found a newly-opened hotel which is part of a growing Spanish chain, called Room Mate Pau. Each Room Mate hotel is designed around the idea of a person who lives in the city – what they like to do, their style etc – and we adored the Room Mate Pau. As well as being ridiculously central (just off of the Plaça de Catalunya), we managed to nab an upgrade at check-in, and got some fab recommendations of places to eat and the best ways to travel across the city. HIGHLY recommended.

The very cool bed at the Room Mate Pau Hotel, Barcelona
Our very cool and super-minimalistic room at the Room Mate Pau!
More of our very swish room at the Room Mate Pau, Barcelona
The rest of our room!

By the time we arrived at the hotel, unpacked and got changed, we just about managed to head for some tapas and beer before heading back to the hotel and falling into bed. On Monday morning, we managed to get ourselves out of bed in order to see one of the most well known sights of Barcelona – Park Guell, which was designed by the amazing Spanish artist, Antonio Gaudí. At the Park we managed to have a picnic lunch and take LOTS of photos. The weather was brilliant, but by mid-afternoon we were feeling a bit warm and headed back to the hotel for a siesta.

Stacey and the view from the top of Park Guell, Barcelona
The view from the top of Park Guell
Sun shaped Ceiling Mosaic at Parc Guell in Barcleona, Spain
Mosaics at Park Guell, the park designed by Gualdi between 1900 and 1914

Monday evening we decided to go out for dinner, and came upon the most amazing tapas at a restaurant called ‘Qu Qu’. From super-expensive spanish ham (jamon iberico) through to fresh prawns, patatas bravas and deep fried brie, it was wonderful. We also managed to grab a few more photos!

Stacey and I, out for dinner in Barcelona!

Stacey by the fountains in la placa del catalyna

Carley by the fountains in la placa del catalyna barcelona

Chocolate dessert from Qu Qu, Barcelona

On Tuesday, we managed to fit in SO MUCH! From visiting the traditional Spanish Market to seeing the Arc de Triomf, going to la Sagrada Familia and then onto Nou Camp, the Barcelona Football Club Stadium and then to McDonalds before heading to see Los Campesinos! play – it was pretty action-packed.

Carley at the Arc de Triomf, Barcelona

Carley  and Stacey at the Arc de Triomf, Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
Fresh fruit ice lollys at the Spanish Market, Barcelona
Slightly pale picture of the two of us! lesbian couples
I’ve got to admit, that whilst seeing Los Campesinos! play again (and having fab chat with the girls in the band after the gig) was brilliant, the undisputed highlight of our stay was going on the Nou Camp experience. From reading about the history of the football club right through to sitting in the Press Box with the MOST amazing view of the stadium, it’s a must-do for any football fan in Barcelona. I mean, there’s even a Barcelona football shirt for President Obama in the museum! It was really cool, and I think that Stacey and I both could have spent a full day in there. Here are some of the best pictures.
Barcelona FC's football cabinet 2011 - 2012
Carley at the Nou Camp, Barcelona Football Club
Stacey in the tunnel at Nou Camp, Barcelona Football Club
President Obama's Barcelona FC Football shirt
Carley at the bottom of the tunnel - Nou Camp, Barcelona Football Club
On Tuesday, after packing (sigh), we headed out to one of the quieter Barcelona beaches and enjoyed a little sunshine before we had to fly back. However, as we’d already packed our suncream, you can imagine the level of pink we were by lunchtime! We spent the afternoon eating even more amazing food before wandering round the Barcelona equivalent to Harrods, because the air conditioning felt so good! We eventually made it back to the airport for some drinks and then a late flight back to Edinburgh – followed by two days at work, and then a trip to London for the Paralympics! More on that next post!
Stacey and I
We had a fantastic trip, and I can’t wait until we can have a ‘proper’ holiday – a whole week of sunshine, good books and time with my girl – 2013 and the new year’s holiday allowance cannot come soon enough!
Carley

2 Comment

  1. Craig says: Reply

    I love Barcelona, so jealous you got to go again. I share your stresses with super-budget airlines, why is everything such a hassle for them? Glad you had such a good time.

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