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 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!