Saturday, 11 October 2014

Barcelona: Part Two

I was overwhelmed by the wonderful feedback received on the first instalment of my Barcelona posts and so before I continue to throw more bouquets of flowers at Barcelona, let me thank you all for your continued support - it really is heartwarming!


The first day spent in Barcelona was full of excitement and a healthy amount of uncertainty, for as much travelling as I have done over the years, Spain was new territory for me.  The anxiety of what to expect was obliterated after wandering around in the evening and soaking up the infectious nonchalance that seems to counteract Barcelona's electrifying atmosphere.  So, we returned to our hotel room at the H10 Casanova feeling assured, fortunate and excited for the new day to start..










We packed our first full day spent in the city with numerous activities to ensure we made the most of the trip.  As part of the competition's prize, I was able to select the tour of my choice and considering there are very few people in the world who would actively opt out of being driven around with the wind in their hair, I chose the City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Tour.    There was quite the queue for the tour, although we weren't deterred for when it comes to tourist activities, popularity is rarely a bad thing!  Though something that can be a bad thing, is burning your shoulders - guess who forgot to use sunscreen?!  A tip I could provide by drawing from my own experience of using the City Sightseeing Bus service, would be to accept the option of sitting downstairs on the tour at first as there is a consistently high turnover of sightseers on the open air section of the bus, meaning you can make your way upstairs for a better view within a stop or two!  By exercising our 'little grey cells' (any Agatha Christie's Poirot enthusiasts out there?) and cunning, we were able to glide past two dozen people standing before us in the queue!

The first stop that interested us enough to excitably scuttle off the bus, maps in hand, was the La Sagrada Familia, an architectural masterpiece that is still in the process of being created.  We killed two birds with one stone at this stop by enjoying a chance to sit down and enjoy some delicious churros dipped in a pool of dense warm chocolate..  although my mum dominated the churros scene, leaving me to enjoy my white chocolate ice cream after sampling a bite or two of said churros, that is.











I'm not sure that this will apply to many people, however as a general rule I feel much more comfortable when surrounded by crowds and especially so when it's been made apparent that the crowd has gathered to celebrate the same thing, put it down to a sense of comradery?  Anyway, the La Sagrada Familia had a definite sense of warmth that connected the crowd, achieved both through the sheer beauty and size of Antoni Gaudi's vision, as well as the knowledge that positioned in front of the crowd was the incredible, laborious continuation of a masterpiece started two centuries ago, back in 1882.





























Back onto the bus, six postcards heavier, we continued our City Sightseeing exploration until we reached our next desired destination, Park Guell.  It seems that whatever Gaudi turned his hand to materialised as a shining example of the highest standard of design and architecture, making it not at all difficult to understand why so many architectural students flock to Barcelona.  This destination had an unusual ambience that was close to suggesting opulence or at the very least, well-deserved patriotic pride.  As soon as we laid eyes on a small cafe within the idyllic setting, we immediately ordered cheese-smothered 'Baguetinas' and found ourselves a table.  Fate was on our side, as though many tray-bearing tourists were hovering around awaiting free seats, a view-facing table opened up just as I was standing beside it, allowing us to enjoy our lunch whilst admiring examples of Gaudi's work from afar with a backdrop of the ocean's horizon in the distance.  Due to time constraints, we just scratched the surface, however I fully intend to revisit at some point in the future to discover all that Park Guell has to offer!






















Our last adventure of the Friday spent in Barcelona, was to get dolled up and make our way to the Hard Rock Cafe!  I Instagrammed my outfit for dinner out on this evening, however the main attraction was of course the venue.  We chose to dine outdoors, for although the calendar insisted it was October, the weather suggested otherwise by providing us with 22ºC heat and a comfortable corner table surrounded by inviting bushes.  After a long day of sightseeing, a meal three times the size of our stomachs was needed and the Hard Rock Cafe certainly never disappoints when it comes to challenging your limits!

I ordered a bacon cheeseburger with a side of chips that I most likely never even glanced at in fear of fainting after conquering the burger, but the real treat came when dessert was served; chocolate molten cake.  The dessert is described by the Hard Rock on their website as a ''dense, chocolatey cake with a lava-like center of rich, oozing molten chocolate'' - can you see why I ordered this?!

















Another post, another day covered and there's no point in denying that I'm thoroughly looking forward to sharing the next day of my Barcelona experience with you in part three.. coming soon!

With love,

Gabrielle x

  
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  1. Ah, I'm so jealous of your Barcelona travels. Those churros look amazing!

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    1. They tasted utterly fantastic, Portia!!

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  2. Barcelona is really beautiful city! The photos of the delicious food make me so hungry now!:)
    xxMonica
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    1. I couldn't agree with you more and photos of food have the same impact on me haha! :)

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  3. I've never been to Barcelona but your pictures look lovely. It looks so warm and sunny, oh how I wish to be in Spain and not in the freezing cold UK.

    Caz xx

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    1. Now that I've returned, I'm also wishing I could be plucked from this autumnal weather and placed in a warmer country! ;)

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  4. Gorgeous photos hun, hope you had an amazing time!

    Beth x
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    1. I had a fabulous time, thanks Beth!!

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  5. Barcelona looks beautiful! how rich and delicious does that hot chocolate look too...! :)

    Metallic Paws

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    1. Ah, you sound like a girl after my own heart.. few things beat a rich hot chocolate drink!!

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  6. So glad you enjoyed your trip. I've never been to Barcelona but am looking to start traveling some more once I finish school! I wanted to eat pretty much every piece of food you posted, it all looks SO good! Smart choice with the hop on-hop off tour, those are always the best as you are not committed to just sitting and watching, you can actually get off and explore! Glad we became blogging buddies!
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    1. I really did have a fantastic time. Barcelona is certainly worth visiting, so I hope you add the place to your travel wish list for once you've finished school! I know exactly what you mean, the hop-on hop-off tour meant that we could pick and choose where we visited without the legwork to get there! Ah, I'm super glad we became blogging friends too, Amanda!! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  7. Beautiful photos. Looks like you had an amazing time! You're making me really want to travel more :) Looking forward to part 3!
    Nilla Forever

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    1. It was the trip of a lifetime and I'm so pleased to have inspired you to want to travel more! The third instalment of my trip has now been uploaded!

      Gabrielle x

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  8. Oh wow, what beautiful photos. Barcelona is lovely !!!

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award, you can find it on my latest post. Can't wait to hear your answers. :)

    ~ Lu
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    1. That's lovely to hear, Barcelona really is far more lovely than I had anticipated! Thank you ever so much for nominating me for the Liebster Award, I've actually done that a couple of times now and so will be giving it a miss, however I really, really appreciate you thinking of me! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  9. Seems you had a very fun vacation! Envy you much..

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    1. I had a wonderful time, thanks for stopping by Eva!!

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  10. Wow, those photos are beautiful, what a lovely place! :) Plus, the food looks delicious!

    xxx

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    1. I must confess to constantly taking photos of food, so it's lovely to know someone appreciates them haha! :)

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  11. Looks so amazing! Wanna go there one day!
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    1. .. be sure to keep Barcelona on your travel wish list, as it's certainly worth a visit!

      Gabrielle x

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  12. Hello Gabrielle! What an amazing experience you are living! What a blessing! The way you narrated everything made feel like if I was there with you so thanks so much for bringing this to me:-) From the food you enjoyed to the beautiful architecture you got to admire, everything was great and simply beautiful! I am very happy for you and I can't wait to for part three:-) Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. I will look you up on IG so I can see more pictures! XOXO, Jeannette

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    1. Hey Jeannette! This was such a fabulous message to receive, thank you! I have been feeling very fortunate lately, that's for certain.. I can't tell you how much your compliments on my writing mean to me :) You're more than welcome and I'm so pleased we're now connected on Instagram! Hope you're having a fantastic week so far!!

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  13. Very lovely! Have a fun and productive brand new week.


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  14. I love barca. I can't wait to go and vistie again.
    Lovely pics dear and love to come back soon.

    Happy monday!
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    1. You're lucky to be going back sometime soon, I imagine it'll be a while before I return to Barcelona! Thanks for your comment!

      Gabrielle x

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  15. All those yummy pics of food are making me hungry! It looks so beautiful, you're great with a camera!

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    1. Even though it's my post, I'm the same! What I'd do for that molten chocolate pudding right now.. Thanks ever so much, that's really great to be told! :)

      Gabrielle x

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    1. Thanks Lizzie, I hope you find yourself in Barcelona soon for some reason!

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  17. All of those places are beautiful!
    Wish I could be there :P

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    1. I would do anything to be back there, too! Thanks very much for stopping by!

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  18. Beautifuk clicks dear..place looks amazing :(

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you like my photography!!

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    1. Now that I've visited the city, I can completely agree with you! Have a lovely week!

      Gabrielle x

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  20. Beautiful city!!!

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more! Thanks for your comment, girl!

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  21. Great post, I love these photos Gabrielle!

    Thanks a lot for your compliments about my painting...if you want to buy it write me an e-mail for more informations :)

    Kiss

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    1. Thanks Paolo! You're more than welcome, although I'm not looking to purchase anymore artwork at this point in time :)

      Gabrielle x

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  22. Amei as fotos! Curta bastante a viagem!
    Beijos!

    Sociedade do Esmalte

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    1. I'm glad you like the photos, have a great week!!

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  23. Wonderful time and great photos. Looks like a great time

    Made in Mauve

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    1. I'm so pleased you enjoyed this post, I really did have an amazing time there!!

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  24. Perfect! I was there in June the third time and I still love to discover new things in this beautiful city :)

    Liebste Grüße ♥ Joana
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    1. How fortunate to have visited Barcelona three times! I can understand that, from what I discovered whilst there, the city has a huge amount to offer - including hidden gems! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  25. barcelona is so nice!!

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    1. I completely agree with you, Isabel! Thanks for stopping by!

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  26. I'm craving that weather and scenery! Looks like an amazing trip.

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    1. You and me both.. especially whilst I'm sat here in 4.30pm darkness as it's raining outside!

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  27. Oh my gosh - everything looks incredible and I am such a sweet tooth girl - anything with chocolate is like 'ooooh' the churros look amazing…..the chocolate yum, the ice cream amazing and the chocolate cake amazing…………… can you please send me some of these delicious goodies my way??? :)

    Layla xx

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    1. Oh we're in the same boat, I'm also a sweet-toothed girl with a penchant for chocolate! ;) I wish I could send two deliveries out; one for you and one for me haha!!

      Gabrielle x

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  28. What lovely photos! That church tower is breathtaking and it looks like you had a fab time! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. The architecture in Barcelona was truly astounding and I'm glad you think the same, Tina! I had a wonderful trip, thank you..

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  29. Another wonderful post about Barcelona! I enjoyed reading this since I've always wanted to visit Barcelona! Thank you sharing this Gabrielle!

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    1. You're more than welcome Katherine, I'm so pleased you're enjoying my posts on the city! I recommend you keep Barcelona on your travel wish list, for it's certainly worth a visit :)

      Gabrielle x

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  30. This is amazing! Barcelona is definitely on my bucket list and this just makes me want to go there even more! Thanks for sharing! :) xx

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    1. Barcelona had always been on my travel wish list, as well! You're more than welcome, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  31. great post and amazing pics
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    i wait you darling
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    1. Thank you, that's kind of you to say!!

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  32. hey beautiful! gorgeous photos on the blog. :) I love Hard Rock café! Went in america and the vibes there are awesome!
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    1. Thanks so much and I know what you mean, all Hard Rock Cafes have such great vibes!! Thanks for letting me know, I will have followed you back! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  33. I love Barcelona, I'm happy that you enjoyed my country :D

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    1. You have a beautiful country, that's for certain! Thanks for stopping by!

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  34. Amazing post, would love to visit Barcelona and have this experience too same day!
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    1. Thanks so much Fabrizia, I sincerely hope you find yourself in Barcelona sometime soon then in that case!!

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  36. love your barcelona posts! it's truly amazing city!

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    1. I agree that Barcelona is one amazing city and I'm so glad you like my posts on the place!

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  37. Love getting to see the sights and get a feel for Barcelona thru your post! look forward to more for sure!

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    1. That was my intention so I'm so pleased you've enjoyed my city posts! The third instalment has now been uploaded!

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  38. Mmmm churos!!!

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    1. Mmm... what I'd do to have them here now haha!!

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  39. Hi Gabrielle and thank you for your visit!!! Barcelona is always amazing.....read on my "about" its town of my dreams!!! I have a new post at my blog. Do you want to tell me what do you think? Kisses,
    Eni

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    1. You're more than welcome! Barcelona really is wonderful so I'm not surprised you're a fan of the city!

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  40. Barcelona looks AMAZING and darn it girl, your food pictures are making me hungry. I'm glad to read your Barcelona trip was so much fun and yes, I am looking forward to part 3 of your trip!

    p/s: Glad to finally see a picture of yourself, you are such a beautiful girl! xx

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    1. I have a strange, unexplained love of photographing food.. so I'm glad you're enjoying it, as there'll be plenty of food photo on my blog! ;) Part three has now been uploaded and thank you so much for your kind words, you've made my evening, Shireen!! :)

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  41. So many beautiful photos! I love them all! You are lucky girl! Barcelona is amazing place!
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    1. I have definitely been feeling very fortunate lately, thanks for stopping by Cvetina!!

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  42. Beautiful photos!
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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this post, Isabel!

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  43. The City Sightseeing Hop on Hop Off Tours seems like it would be a great way to get around the city while also viewing all the fabulous architecture around Barcelona. It must be espcially amazing to see Gaudi's work in person!

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    1. That was exactly my thought when choosing the tour, as it's a way of picking and choosing the best destinations with ease! Oh absolutely, in particular the La Sagrada Familia! :)

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  44. I love your Barcelona posts :) They make me want to go there like, right now :)

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    1. That's really love to hear, thanks so much for letting me know! Have a wonderful week!

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  45. I so miss the food in Barcelona, looks like you had some good meals!

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    1. That makes two of us - I especially miss the baguetinas!!

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  46. That food looks SOOOO yummy!!!! Look at that chocolate turtle! and aren't tour busses the BESTTT!!!
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    1. Bus tours really are a brilliant way of exploring new cities and I agree, the food was delicious!!

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  47. What a lovely adventure! I'm so happy that you enjoyed your vacation Gabrielle. I totally enjoyed Barcelona when I visited, and seeing all of your wonderful pictures refreshes such great memories for me. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Keisha, that's very sweet of you. I can understand why you enjoyed Barcelona when you visited, it certainly exceeded my expectations! You're more than welcome, I'm so pleased you're enjoying my posts on the city!

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  48. Gabrielle!! I was soo looking forward to the second part!! Spain is indeed beautiful!! And omg those churros look so so delicious now!!! Share please? :D Hahaha, I am so glad you made some beautiful memories there in Barca!! :)

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    1. Hey Anshul! I'm so pleased you were looking forward to the second instalment, the third part is now up by the way! If only I could share churros through my blog, believe me I would have done it by now (and taken a few for myself) ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  49. It's a wonderful city!! ho pe you had fun!! kisses!!

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  50. Great insights especially for people who haven't been to Barcelona, Gabrielle! xoxo
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    1. That was my intention when writing the post, to give people an accurate and balanced view of my experience! Thanks heaps for your comment, Shirley!!

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  51. Wow those pictures are great!
    Would you check out my last post? x
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    1. Thank you so much, I have my camera glued to me whenever exploring new places! I'll make my way over to your blog now :)

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  52. Ahhhh, I know I've already commented but them Churros look amazing….I think there's a place in London - so tempted to go and get some hahahaha! :)

    Layla xx

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    1. The more comments, the merrier! :) Oh really? Since coming home I've been craving some of the foods.. time to go hunting for Spanish food haha!!

      Gabrielle x

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  53. All the foods looks yummy, I haven't been been in a Hard Rock Cafe in a while but I like them. xoxo

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    1. I was in a similar situation of not having visited one for nearly seven years, but my love for the chain has been sparked once more after visiting this one in Barcelona!

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  54. What an awesome adventure!
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  55. Loving the gorgeous photos- and don't those churros look yummy? :)

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  56. Oh yes, Sagrada Familia looks exactly like I left her!:-) And, the Park Gruel with more Gaudi's work! I am big fan of Gaudi's architecture and I was in heaven when I was in Barcelona and photographing all these wonders! Thanks for bringing back all these nice memories!:-)

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    1. I know what you mean, it was lovely being able to see the Sagrada Familia so that the progress it makes each year means more to me now! You're more than welcome, it was so much fun writing these posts and even better to receive lovely messages like this :)

      Gabrielle x

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  57. This looks sooooo good, I really must go here :))) Love the buildings and all the food too. Churros are a favourite :))) xx

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    1. The architecture in Barcelona is breathtakingly beautiful - I hope you find yourself there sometime soon!!

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  58. want to be u !!
    Love Barcelona :)
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    1. Ah, you wouldn't want to me now - it's pouring with rain outside! ;)

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  59. Looks so lovely. Im going to Barcelona next year with my school. Cant wait!!

    It would mean everything if you could have a look at my blog, and maybe follow on bloglovin or leave a comment ღ

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    1. Oh how wonderful, I hope you have a fantastic time there with your school next year! You're bound to have an incredible time! I'll make my way over to your blog now..

      Gabrielle x

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