All posts filed under: Barcelona

BARCELONA – It wasn’t LOVE at first sight…

Unlike Rome & Porto, Barcelona wasn’t actually instant love for me. Let me explain… For years now, people have been going on about Barcelona to me & just how amazing the city is. “You will love Barcelona“, “You belong in Barcelona“, “I see you in Barcelona”…. Finally, I had an opportunity to visit the city & I was super excited & entirely filled with so many expectations from what I’ve heard from friends & read on Travel Blogs. But you know what happened when I got there instead? I was waiting for the love to kick in & I didn’t feel much of anything at first… Because I was scheduled to see specific things via tours, there wasn’t any free time to wander around the city freely on my own. After a few days, I decided that Barcelona was all right, but I wasn’t fully impressed yet. All the obvious things I already knew about the city were there, the beautiful architecture, incredible beaches, delicious food…. but I was searching for a deeper connection. So the …

4 Hours of Water Sports followed by 1 Amazing Spanish Lunch!

I was super excited for the second day of our A Different Barcelona tour because we had Water Sport activities on our schedule. This was one of the main reasons why I picked this tour! The itinerary said that we would try out one of the following water sport activities: Paddle Surfing, Kayaking or Sailing. I wanted to try out sailing. Our lovely tour guide picked us up with our tour bus up from our hotel early in the morning and we headed toward the Barcelona Olympic Port. We arrived at Vela Barcelona where we were about to try not 1 but 4 different Water Sport activities, each lasting 1 hour long! I was completely insanely excited about this as I love water sports and generally being in water. The water at the time (beginning of May) was still on the cold side, but we were provided with awesome wet suits. As I predicted, I was horrible at paddle surfing. Balancing on that board was a challenge for me. I managed to stand up a couple of times within …

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Stay at Barceló Sants

1. The Super Fun Sci-Fi Design If you love Star Wars or Star Trek or any Sci-Fi movie or TV show then you will absolutely love the futuristic design of Barceló Sants. It truly feels like you are somewhere in space on a cool spaceship. 2. They Will Feed You Chocolate You had me at…Chocolate. Seriously who doesn’t love Chocolate? The giant Chocolate bar bellow lasted me for days! 3. They are Eco-friendly 4. Beautiful Room Design with Clean Lines 5. They’ve got your Beauty necessities Covered Forgot something at home? No problem! Barceló has you covered. 6. Amazing Views of Barcelona from every Window 7. Perfect Quiet Room for Work Need to get some work done? No problem! There’s a beautiful desk in the room right in front of a giant window with tons of natural light. There are also lots of wall plug-ins for your tech gadgets. 8. Transportation Need a taxi? No problem! They are located right outside the hotel. Another great bonus? Underneath the hotel is the Barcelona Sants Metro and Train Station. Here …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

In response to The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: “Muse.” What subject keeps you coming back? This week, show us your muse. Location: View from the Extreme Wow Suite at W Barcelona, Spain I’ve spent the first 2 decades of my life living by the sea. The element of water soothes me, calms me and inspires me. It’s not a secret that I love Sunshine and warm days, and the Mediterranean Sea has a lot to offer with it’s beautiful coasts and spectacular little islands. I simply cannot wait to explore some more! 🙂 To participate in this Week’s Photo Challenge head over here

Barcelona Airbnb Review + Airbnb Coupon

During my most recent trip to Spain, I have stayed at so many different accommodations – hotels, an Airbnb apt even a hostel and I will get to all of them soon. The first place I booked was an Airbnb apartment in Barcelona. I had some scheduled tours in the city and therefore it made sense to stay in Barcelona first. I had a late evening flight so I picked an apartment that wasn’t too far from the airport. This was my first time in the city, so I arranged to meet up with other Travel bloggers at the airport and share a taxi to my apartment. I was surprised at how quiet the airport was around 11pm. For some reason, I expected it to be busier. I had absolutely no trouble communicating with my Airbnb host over messages up to this point, so when I called her from the taxi, we had a bit of a communication issue, and my first thought was oh no, this is one of those Barcelona scams. My host didn’t speak English, but that’s ok because my …

NEW: Italy, Portugal & Spain Pages

For easier navigation, I created separate pages above for countries I’ve visited this year so far. I am still in the process of creating many posts for Spain and some on Italy and Portugal too. In Italy I visited The Vatican City and Rome. In Portugal I visited Porto, Matosinhos and Braga. In Spain I visited Barcelona, Lloret de Mar, Platja d’Aro and Empuriabrava. Bellow the photos are the links to the new pages. Just click on the titles and they will take you to each page. 🙂                In Love with Italy                               P is for Portugal                               Spring in Spain