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Why you should visit Barcelona – a photo diary

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gaudi barcelona Barcelona, sweet Barcelona – how full of beauty and grime you are. It’s my kind of city, a city that has all of the necessary elements for a pretty great lifestyle for a young person. Everywhere there is always chaos, always someone up at 6am having a conversation on a park bench as if it was 2pm on a Saturday afternoon.

Because after all, This is Spain.

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Since we only had Saturday and half-a-day Sunday to explore – time was of the essence. Luckily it was not my first time to Barcelona so I had already seen most major sites and had less pressure to see everything again. This trip was all about rest & relaxation, drinking & eating our way through the city while catching up with a good friend. I always use Plaça de Catalunya as my point of reference. It’s a large piazza, central and feels a little like being in a mix between Miami and New York City.

Clet spotted in Barcelona!

Of course, some shopping had to be done – I particularly enjoy the quarters of Gràcia and El Born for shopping – the windy streets make it fun to get lost within the plentiful small interesting shops. You pretty much cannot go to Barcelona without stopping by the famous Boqueria market. Is it a little too crowded? Perhaps – but if you don’t get a fresh juice or fruit to snack on, then you are truly missing out. Especially when these things are a lot pricier in Florence. Also, what better way to make up for those four Gin & Tonics the night before? Coconut & banana for me please!

barcelona market

barcelona 2013One of the aspects I love most about this city is the gorgeous architecture. While I love Tuscany, I appreciate the diversity in Barcelonian buildings. It’s a virtual feast for the eyes and I felt like a kid in a candy store. The Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) is especially gorgeous – medieval structures at every angle and most of the area is pedestrian so no worries about getting sideswiped by a bus mirror like in Florence.

Of course I didn’t forget to eat – as if that would ever happen in my world. While there is a definite lack of food pics in this post –  I can provide at least one of my last lunch on the Sunday before heading back to Florence. Salmon, veggies and french fries. What more can a girl want! 

Until we meet again Barcelona, I will definitely be seeing you soon the next time Ryanair offers a great deal – this city is the perfect weekend away!

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11 Responses

  1. Thank you so much for this short visit to Barcelona! Great hints and beautiful pictures (as always!). I just need to book a trip… Bye…

  2. Girl in Florence, loved this post and miss Barcelona. We are due to go back.
    Visiting your town in late June which is the reason I’m following you now
    Ciao
    Boy from New York

    1. Ciao Boy from New York :-). Thanks for checking out the post, I already miss barcelona and am plotting my next trip back! Have a great trip to Florence, I am sure you will love it..

  3. Great photos! La Boqueria is probably one of my favorite places that I’ve ever visited.

  4. Great photo tour! I live for Florence but love Barcelona too. Interesting contrast of cities. In Florence it’s all about classic renaissance architecture and in Barcelona it’s all about Gaudi. Touring La Pedrera should be on everyone’s bucket list!

    1. I could not agree more, I really appreciate the proximity that living in Florence allows to so many awesome cities in Europe. 🙂

  5. I studied abroad in Barcelona for a year, and every time I go back there are still new things to see. And you’re right — the perfect level of chaos 🙂 And I see you made it to “Happy Pills”, a fun store
    check for flights with vueling too, they fly to Pisa and sometimes have great offers 🙂

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Georgette Jupe

Welcome to my personal blog by a curious American girl living and working between Zug, Switzerland and Florence, Italy with my husband Nico, our newborn Annabelle and Ginger the beagle. This space is primarily to share about my love for Italy (currently on a 13 year romance) with a fair amount of real talk, practical advice, travel suggestions and adjusting to a new culture (Switzerland). Find me on IG @girlinflorence @girlinzug

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