Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Barcelona: Part One




.. the traveller returns!  I had intended on writing this post as soon as I had access to my laptop once more, however the flu intervened and so I'm writing this whilst looking as though I've been thrown into my chair.  Whenever I'm feeling sorry for myself though, I quickly remember the incredible experience spent recently in Barcelona.  I have mentioned a couple of times now that I received a generous sprinkling of lucky dust this summer by winning a competition to spend three nights at the heart of the beautiful Spanish city, with various extras included that I'll be sure to mention over the duration of these Barcelona posts.

Waking up early in the morning is usually my least favourite way of starting the day, however this doesn't apply when you know that you're heading off to the airport with a family member ready to catch a morning flight over to astounding architecture, comforting sunshine and churros.

I'm not the first person to admire the ethereal sights that surround you whilst flying, however all the same those puffy white clouds illuminated by sunshine deserve a mention - somehow they make all of the irritating little problems you may be facing seem insignificant, in a very positive way.  After we had been transferred from the airport to the hotel that I had selected from the list provided by Protravel, we were utterly impressed to enter the H10 Casanova hotel to find ourselves surrounded by modern design, total cleanliness and incredibly warm and welcoming reception staff.  Fortunately for us, we also found that our room was ready to be occupied by our exhausted bodies many hours before our scheduled check-in time, which you'll no doubt agree is always a huge relief!

The fast pace of travelling was calmed down a notch by welcoming drinks of cava, along with an attractive display of sweet jellies!  It was refreshing to find guests from all walks of life wandering around; those on business travel typing away on their laptops and groups of tourists sat right beside them in their 'I Love Barcelona' vests.  From previous experiences of staying in various hotels, the ground floor (entrance foyer, in particular) presented a definite Hilton vibe, which can only be a good thing.  As you will have noticed from previous interior design appreciation posts on A Glass Of Ice, I admire a broad variety of design schemes, however predominantly you'll catch me leaning towards luxurious Parisian designs featuring earthy colours, however I'm always open to being challenged and it can certainly be revitalising to be confronted by an alternative option - I've lost count of the amount of times I've favoured the unusual over those falling within my comfort zone!














The ultra-modern, simplistic and masculine design of the H10 Casanova could quite honestly be described as a work of art; from the neon green bar lighting to the enormous borderline minimalist artwork on the walls, no part of the hotel shies away from the limelight.  This also applies to the Sky bar terrance and Plunge pool situated on the hotel's eighth floor.. although enough said on that for now, as I'll be featuring that in a later post!

The opportunity of travelling to Barcelona provided the solid foundation of excitement for both myself and my mother, for now that I'm unlikely to throw an adolescent tantrum or insist on wearing a fleece in 24°C heat, we find ourselves travelling together much more often.  As part of the competition that I won through a department store competition (of which stills feels like a dream), the hotel list provided consisted of some beautiful hotels, all within walking distance of Barcelona's main attractions.  If I may say so myself.. without a shadow of a doubt, I chose the best hotel on the list (and I reminded my travelling partner of this regularly).  Our hotel room featured a street-facing balcony concealed behind sheer gold curtains for daytime and a thicker layer of curtains for preventing the Spanish sunshine from streaming through the room during the earlier hours of the day.  The bathroom was masculine with dark walls, a large mirrored wall and an abundance of toiletries.  Note: the hair shampoo smells delicious!  



After unpacking our suitcases in the spacious closet, lounging around the hotel room and (accidentally) falling asleep for a couple of hours, we headed out to explore our surrounding as the sun was setting.  On this particular night, I didn't take too many photos as by this point I was still in an 'airport fuzz' where you haven't quick figured out how you got to where you're standing and you're not entirely certain whether you're dreaming or not.

After an hour or two, we made our way back to the perfectly temperatured H10 Casanova to order up room service for dinner.  What can I say, admiring the architecture and impossibly stylish outfit choices of the Barcelona inhabitants worked up our appetites!  We enjoyed club sandwiches and tasty burgers.. to check out our deliciously indulgent room service choices off the extensive menu, make your way over to my Instagram account.  Speaking of which, I made time to occasionally update my Instagram account whilst away with various photos, as promised, so be sure to take a look!





So, this covers our first day and evening spent in the incredible city of Barcelona, although quite clearly there's still much more to cover and so I'll be splitting my Spanish adventure over a few posts in total.  Oh and I'll be sure to include the occasional photo of myself grinning like a cheshire cat whilst writing about my experience - well, it was about time I put a face to the blog!  Thanks for reading and I hope you've all enjoyed this first instalment of my adventure!

With love,

Gabrielle x
     
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  1. Welcome back, sweetie! Gosh, I've missed you & your sharing! I've been to many parts of Europe, but have yet to step foot in Barcelona. Lucky gal! xoxo
    Luxury Haven

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    1. What a lovely welcome home, it's lovely to hear from you! Oh I definitely feel lucky.. you're in a similar position to myself until I won the chance to visit the beautiful city, Shirley :)

      Gabrielle x

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  2. Looks like a lovely place and I really enjoyed reading about your experince!

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    1. It was an utterly fantastic place and I'm so glad you enjoyed this post! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  3. Looks like a dream!
    Edita
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    1. It felt like one too, Edita! Have a wonderful week ahead!

      Gabrielle x

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  4. Oh, I am going to Bcn in November! Great online tips you have here! :)
    Amazing post...
    xx,
    Kristina

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    1. Well, you're guaranteed to have a fantastic time and I'm glad this post was of some help to you .. I look forward to reading your future Barcelona posts after your visit!!

      Gabrielle x

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  5. Hello Gabrielle! First I hope you are feeling much better from the flu and that you find yourself all recovered. I am so happy you go to experience such a wonderful travel adventure to such beautiful country. I haven't been there myself but it is in my bucket list:-) Beautiful pictures and post. Love your writing. XOXO, Jeannette

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    1. Hey Jeannette, I am finally feeling a little better, thank you! The experience still feels like a bit of a dream as from beginning to end every second was incredible. I hope you find yourself in Barcelona sometime very soon - keep it on your bucket list!! That's really lovely of you to say, you've made my day! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  6. Your Barcelona trip looks amazing! I'm s fan of minimalist well designed hotels as well. It certainly sounds like you chose well. I think staying at a good hotel is just as important as seeing the sights when traveling. Welcome back!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on my post! I couldn't agree with you more and this is especially the case on city breaks as after a lot of constant walking, it's lovely to return to a hotel that you feel positively about! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  7. I really want to visit Barcelona, it must be such a beautiful city! It sure seems like it by looking at your pictures!

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    1. I can understand why, I hope you find yourself there sometime in the near future!!

      Gabrielle x

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  8. Wow,looks like you had so much fun and place looks awesome,like a must visit .

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    1. I really did have the time of my life, thanks for stopping by!

      Gabrielle x

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  9. Lovely place! I love Barcelona!
    Kisses fashion girl!!!
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    1. Now that I've visited the city, I can whole-heartedly agree with you! Have a great week ahead!

      Gabrielle x

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  10. Stunning pictures - glad you had a great time.

    Lizzie's Daily Blog

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    1. Thank you, I took far too many photos whilst there haha. Thanks for your comment!

      Gabrielle x

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  11. I am very jealous that you're in Barcelona! I have to admit, Barcelona was one of my favourite holiday destinations I would love to go back there again. Your hotel does sound lovely!

    Ayesha xxx
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    1. Oh, I'm constantly finding myself jealous of other people's travel photos, so you're not alone! ;) I can see why Barcelona is a favourite destination for you because I feel the same way!

      Gabrielle x

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  12. Lucky you to win such a trip! My taste in hotels is quite ecelctic from the historical ones with a story to minimalistic modern. H10 Casanova looks like a great choice with it's fresh, stylish interiors. Cava and sweets - a lovely welcome! It's several years since I last went to Barcelona and I'm keen to return I'm looking forward to reading more about your visit.

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    1. I completely agree, I'm still feeling incredibly fortunate to have won such an experience! I'm with you in appreciating a broad spectrum of hotel designs, that's the beauty of travelling through hotels I suppose! I'm also hoping to return to Barcelona sooner rather than later, although I think you were first in line! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  13. How amazing, I want to see Barcelona so much :)) Wonderful pictures :))) xx

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    1. Well in that case, I hope that you find yourself eating churros whilst admiring all that Barcelona has to offer sometime VERY soon!!

      Gabrielle x

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  14. I've been waiting to see these photos Gabrielle! So jealous of your travels to Barcelona! And yet again, your writing is impeccable. Love reading your blog!

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    1. I'm glad not to have disappointed, Katherine! Thank you ever so much for your kind words about my writing, it really is so encouraging to hear :)

      Gabrielle x

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  15. Wow! Congrats on winning a trip. I love all the photos and I enjoyed reading your post. Have a great day ahead. :)

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    1. Thank you, whilst flying over to Barcelona I had to pinch myself! I'm so glad you enjoyed this post and thanks for letting me know!

      Gabrielle x

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  16. Great post and blog Gabrielle ;)

    Kiss

    Paolo

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    1. Thanks very much Paolo, have a great week ahead!

      Gabrielle x

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  17. Wow, stunning! Great pictures - feels like we're on the trip with you :)

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    1. That was my intention, so that's great to hear!! Thanks for stopping by..

      Gabrielle x

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  18. Gabrielle! first off, let me say this is the first time I have been to your blog and have seen a picture of you, you are a stunner!!! OMG, I feel like you should be a celebrity, you kinda remind me of Amanda seyfried. :) thanks for sharing your Barcelona adventure! I love seeing and reading about places I have never been too! Gives me inspiration to make it a goal to visit these places as well! :) take care always!

    uris
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    1. Hey Uris! This is the sweetest message of all time, thank you so much for your kind words - you've made my day, week and possibly even month haha!! :) I'm glad you're enjoying reading my posts on Barcelona and have fun creating your travel wishlist! All the best!

      Gabrielle x

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  19. Welcome back!!! That candy dish looks sooo yummy and yeah, it's weird how we get closer to our parents as soon as we exit the tan.trum-stage. Sounds great to be traveling with your mom and the pictures you took are wonderful

    Sylvia | The Outfit Lab

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    1. The colourful jellies and cava upon arrival was a spectacular surprise for guests, I'll agree! It was really comfortable and enjoyable travelling with my mum and you have a point, the older we grow the closer we become to our parents! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  20. Great pics, Bracelona is such an amazing city, isn't it? I love your new profile pic, gosh you're STUNNING!

    Bella Pummarola

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    1. We're in total agreement, Barcelona is an incredible city! Anett, that's such a lovely thing to say - thank you one million time over!! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  21. Welcome Gabrielle! It looks like you had a wonderful time. I had to smile at the "Airport Fuzz" comment...I so know what you mean lol. I hope you feel better soon.

    Keisha xo
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    1. I had a fantastic time, a week ahead and I'm only just beginning to readjust to being back home! I'm glad I'm not the only one who experiences the ''Airport Fuzz'' haha :)

      Gabrielle x

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  22. Sound like a wonderful trip. I'd like to go there some day too.

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    1. I hope you find yourself in Barcelona sometime soon, Avy.. it's certainly worth the visit!!

      Gabrielle x

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  23. Such a lovely blog you have. It looks and sounds like you had an awesome trip to barcelona.
    Followed your blog :)
    Kelly x
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    1. That's wonderful to hear, thanks very much.. I have gladly returned the favour! Barcelona is a trip I'll remember forever and I'm glad to be able to share it on my blog :)

      Gabrielle x

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  24. These pics are amazing
    I really love them babe
    Kisses
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    1. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this post, Maggie!

      Gabrielle x

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  25. Wow! What a gorgeous place! Sounds like you had an awesome time. :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. I absolutely had the time of my life, I'm just focussing on Christmas now to stop me from missing Barcelona!!

      Gabrielle x

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  26. WOWOWO!!! LOVE your pics! Barcelona looks fantastic! YAY!!!
    kisses
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    1. That's brilliant to hear, thanks heaps girls! Have a great week ahead!!

      Gabrielle x

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  27. Looks beautiful!! I love waking up on the day of a vacation!
    -Kelsie //

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    1. I know what you mean; the rush of excitement as you realise you're on holiday! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  28. I love that kind of modern minimalistic interior design! Hope to see more of your Barcelona pictures :)

    xx
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    1. You and me both! The second instalment of my posts on my Barcelona experience is now up!!

      Gabrielle x

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  29. Your hotel is stunning!!! Even I prefer hotels to be classy and minimalistic at the same time!!! Barcelona is really beautiful!!! :B And i can't wait for other parts of your journey now!! <3

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    1. I was so happy to have chosen the H10 Casanova, so I'm glad you can see it's beauty as well! I'm looking forward to hearing your views on the second part of my adventure! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  30. Beautiful!

    -Gaia
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    1. Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely week!

      Gabrielle x

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  31. Oh wow that was amazing!!! you got free tickes to go to Spain! I'm so jelous :) in the best way. I don't like to wake up in the mornings either but to travel... I would also do an exception haha the hotel looks amazing, love the candy details and it looks like you really got spoiled as deserved :) I hope you get better from the flu! rest and take lots of liquids!
    XOXO

    Milu
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    1. I'm still rubbing my eyes at having won three nights in Barcelona, it feels like a dream! The sweets and cava upon arrival really was a lovely touch :) Oh thank you, I'm starting to feel better now which is a relief after a week of feeling awful! Thanks for your lovely comment Milu and I hope you've had a relaxing weekend :)

      Gabrielle x

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  32. So so beautiful place and pictures! I love your style dear Gabrielle and
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    1. Barcelona is most definitely one of my favourite cities now, after having spent some time there! Thank you, that's kind of you - good luck with your blogger collaboration scheme!!

      Gabrielle x

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  33. So sorry your sick, that's no fun and hope you feel better quickly. barcelona sounds amazing, would be such an incredible city to explore. look forward to seeing more pictures of your travels.

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    1. Thank you, I accepted pretty quickly that I was unwell and fell into some time of relaxation and TLC! I'm so pleased you enjoyed this post, the second instalment has now been uploaded!

      Gabrielle x

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  34. I love the interiors of the hotel and wow so lucky you got a free ticket <3

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    1. I agree the design is particularly striking and I know! I still can't believe my luck!!

      Gabrielle x

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  35. Hi! Thanks for your comment on my blog! Amazing pictures! Looks like you had a wonderful time in Spain. :)
    I'm following you back on twitter, if you want to follow me on bloglovin: < bloglovin.com/wonderfullymadebypris >
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    1. You're more than welcome and I had a fabulous time in Barcelona, thank you! That's great, thanks for letting me know Priscilla :)

      Gabrielle x

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  36. Such a great post! The design of the hotel looks incredible! Get well soon!

    xxJulia

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    1. Thank you, I'm beginning to feel a little better now. I'm so glad you liked this post!

      Gabrielle x

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  37. This is such an awesome post - looks like you had a fabulous time!

    You write so well - bookmarked!

    Amy;
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    1. I can't tell you how much this message means to me, receiving feedback on my writing never fails to brighten my day! Have a wonderful week ahead!

      Gabrielle x

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  38. amazing place,pictures beautiful
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    i wait you
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    1. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! I'll make my way over to your blog now..

      Gabrielle x

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    1. It felt like one too up until we had returned home! Hope you've had a great weekend!

      Gabrielle x

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  40. It seems a great place. I'm glad that you win that travel :D
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    1. That's kind of you, I have been feeling very fortunate.. that's for certain!!

      Gabrielle x

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  41. I have actually never been to Barcelona, but would love to, especially after seeing those pictures !
    You are so lucky :)

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    1. I would highly recommend it, the city was even more enjoyable that I had anticipated! Thanks for stopping by! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  42. Your hotel looks great, I would love to return to Barcelona and see how work on the Sagrada Familia is progressing. Amazing how long they have been building it! Looking forward to reading more about your trip

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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    1. I hope you find yourself back in Barcelona sometime very soon, as the city is definitely worth a second visit (at least)! The Sagrada Familia is looking incredible and it feels wonderful to have finally been able to visit selections of Gaudi's work :) Part two of my Barcelona trip is up now, by the way!

      Gabrielle x

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  43. Fantastic adventure and I am sure you fell in love in Barcelona just like me even if three days is not enough!:-)

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    1. I have a feeling everyone falls in love with Barcelona, although I did happen to see many unhappy couples whilst there.. strange! Thanks heaps for stopping by and have a lovely week ahead!

      Gabrielle x

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  44. Oh how exciting !! Welcome home !!! I love getting home from an amazing trip but at the same time, it is so depressing. Ahh..
    At least you got some amazing photos to look back on. :)

    ~ Lu
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    1. I know exactly what you mean, thankfully (depending on how you look at it) I returned home to being unwell and so my attention went on that and it served as a distraction! We sound very similar, I spend a lot of time flicking through old holiday photos! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  45. Hey Gabrielle! I got nominated for a Liebster Award and now am nominating you :P. My questions are here.

    Sylvia | The Outfit Lab

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    1. Hey Sylvia! I have actually done this award a couple of times now and so will be calling it a day, however I can't thank you enough for nominating me - the gesture means a lot! Have a wonderful week! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  46. Amazing post! Love the visual story
    Glad i came across your blog :)

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    1. That's wonderful to hear, I'm so pleased you're enjoying my blog!!

      Gabrielle x

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  47. Wow, this hotel looks amazing and I hope that you are spending amazing time in Barcelona and you feel better, Gabrielle :)

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    1. I was really pleased with my hotel choice and so I'm glad you can appreciate the design of the H10 Casanova as well! Thank you, I'm starting to feel a little better now :)

      Gabrielle x

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  48. the place looks amazing from what i see in the pictures :D

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    1. Hey! Looking back on the photos makes me wish I was back in Barcelona haha!!

      Gabrielle x

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    1. It certainly was a lovely way to start the stay there in Barcelona! :)

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  50. Sorry to hear you have been ill! It has been so nice for me to catch up on the blogs I read regularly like yours and I love reading about your Barcelona trip - I spent some time going to boarding school in Madrid years ago and love Spain. But I am yet to visit Barcelona and I must say it looks amazing!!!! xx
    I have been absent from the blogging world for the past weeks as well as holidays and then returning to uni got the better off me. Nice to see you getting back with a roar :D haha I also think it is looks lovely to have a full picture of you on the homepage now :) xx
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    1. Being unwell is never fun, although there was a lot of food and television involved.. so it's not all bad! I'm so pleased you've enjoyed reading about my Barcelona travels and how lucky you are to have attended boarding school in Madrid! I hope you find yourself in Barcelona sometime soon, it's a wonderful place!! :)

      Gabrielle x

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