My Barcelona

By Tiia Öhman

I live in Finland and run a movie travel blog, Fangirl Quest. I can’t wait to see the Parc del Laberint d'Horta, art museums, historical sites and of course, a few movie locations. I'm a big fan of director Alejandro G. Iñárritu so I'll be watching "Biutiful" before the trip as it was filmed in Barcelona.

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Three whole days in Barcelona, Spain

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Day 1

 

My Barcelona travelling companion is my mum. A lovely few days away for us to relax, wander and really discover Barcelona.

Not above doing the ‘touristy thing’  mum  and I jumped onto one of the many Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tours to admire all the beauty the city has to offer. Casa Batlló famous “skull and bones” balconies were a particular highlight as was Frank Gehry’s golden fish sculpture,  Peix Olímpic.

 

 





An experienced bus tourer, I finds these a really fun way to get a real feeling for the city and see everything it has to offer. I love having the freedom to  hop on and off and explore  pockets of the city,  while making sure we hit all the most popular and important places.



Mum and I went from one transport type to another. Spending the early afternoon at the Castell de Montjuic,  we got there by hopping on the Telefèric de Montjuic or the Monjuic cablecar.

From here I would say we got the best views of Barcelona. The ride takes about 10 minutes, but it feels like a lot less. You even get the odd extra riders as the local blackbirds like to hop on and hitch a ride on the cable car roofs.




My Barcelona

Day 2

 

With day one done and dusted mum and I set off to explore more of this dynamic city. We headed into the tourist favourite Gothic Quarter down a side alley near Plaça de les Beates. Taking a long walk in the area to photograph some of the beautiful alley ways, also providing some respite from the morning sun.
Another culinary treat was in store for breakfast when we  stopped at Cappikccino on Carrer de Sant Pere Mes Baix for a couple of freshly baked delicious baguettes and a piping hot coffee.




Looks like even the pets of Barcelona understand the importance of staying hydrated in the summer heat. Next stop on our trip was the Casa Mila or La Pedrera often referred to as the open quarry. I found this such an incredible building with stunning rooftop views, we spent a good few hours exploring here. There were so many colourful details and things to look at, it was pretty inspiring. I have to say the whole experience was made a whole of a lot better by the beautiful weather and gorgeous blue skies.


Diving head first into the Spanish culture we stopped off for a quick, delicious and reasonably priced spot of hot tapas at Corchos (12 Ramb la de Catalunya).
They had crispy chicken sticks and patatas bravas with two kinds of dips washed down perfectly with some ice cold fruity sangria. Mum enjoyed it so much she licked the plate while no one (we hope) was looking.

 




My Barcelona

Day 3

Today we decided to escape dry land and head out on a  schooner,  excited to see Barcelona from a completely new angle. The schooner tour promised a unique voyage around the Catalonian coast showcasing the spectacular sights along the Barcelona coastline.

Once again the weather was hot and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky so the perfect weather for a trip on the water. We loved this boy statue in Port Vell: Miraestels, a floating sculpture by Robert Llimós, inspired by the poem “EL SALTAMARTÍ” by Joan Brossa

 







Our last afternoon in Barcelona is a little bittersweet. I have truly fallen in love with city. Everything from the cuisine to the Gaudí sightseeing has been memorable for us both.

All that’s left is to raise a glass of Sangria to Barcelona and all the wonderful memories we have made over the past 3 days.




My Barcelona
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