Sunday, April 27, 2014

Barcelona - the spectacular second Day

Good morning, my dear readers! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
Let's kick off this Sunday with another Barcelona post - city trip day two! Today I'll take you to some spots from where you have the best views of Barcelona.
By the way, during our city trip we stayed in the Hotel Lyon, a very comfortable, low priced hotel that is close to many great sights such as La Barceloneta, La Rambla and many more. We had a great room with a nice view of the busy streets, however it was super quiet! So if you're looking for a cheap place to stay, I can totally recommend this tiny but cozy hotel. 
After an eventful first day, we decided to take it a little easier the second one thus we chose the Muntanya de Montjuïc for a walk. I was so surprised how well preserved the beautiful nature in this huge park is even though it's so close to the city. From the top of the Parc de Montjuïc you have a stunning view over the entire city, plus, if you walk a little further you can admire Joan Miró's amazing sculptures and paintings at the modern museum Fundació Joan Miró.
Next we checked out the Estadi Olímpic, Barcelona's impressive Olympic stadium that provides you with another amazing view of the metropolis. Once you leave the building and enter the park behind the stadium you can admire the futuristic Torre Calatrava (also called Torre de comunicacions de Montjuïc). I'm a big fan of huge, empty parks, they always remind me of Washington, D.C. somehow, so no big surprise that I fell in love with this park, it's magnificent fountains and the ultra modern design of the communications tower - doesn't the stadium look like a palace from the back?
After we left the Olympic park we relaxed on the stairs of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - a marvelous museum that, once again, lets you admire the city from above. It is surrounded by gorgeous fountains and sculptures... an architect's paradise, just like the rest of Barcelona.
From there we took a stroll through the city. Back on the ground we admired the Plaça d'Espanya from the top of the ancient Arenas de Barcelona, which were transformed into a lively shopping center. 
If you take the metro from the Plaça d'Espanya it's super easy to get to Park Güell, one spot I desired to see in Barcelona! That's what we did and we had a marvelous time in the park - photos coming soon! 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Barcelona - the fabulous first Day

So here it is, the very first post of my fabulous trip to Barcelona loaded with lots of city shots!
First of all one tip, whenever you can make it to Mallorca, make sure to check out the flights to Barcelona from Palma de Mallorca, they are super cheap! We paid less than 50 Euro for the flight back and forth with Ryanair. Plus, the flight itself is incredibly short, once I turned on my iPod the flight attendant asked me to switch it off cause we were already landing, just 30 minutes! So if you're on Mallorca for a while it's pretty easy to slip in a trip to Barcelona.
I escaped to this vibrant city at the end of March, it was a three-day trip loaded with intense sight-seeing! It's not necessary to pay for one of the famous red tourist buses when you want to discover Barcelona. We did the bus tour walking... yes, I gotta admit it was exhausting, up to eight hours a day, but believe me, you get to see much more exploring a city by foot! 
So today you get to see loads of tourist pictures! I absolutely fell in love with this gorgeous city, its mix of modern architecture and ancient buildings is sheer fascinating. In addition to that we were spoilt with endless sunshine and a very refreshing breeze, lucky us!

So I put together a list for you of all the famous sights we visited such as...

  • the incredible unfinished basilica La Sagrada Família
  • a wonderfully relaxing park named Parc de la Ciutadella which is right next to the impressive Arc de Triomf
  • L'Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, check out its stunning architecture!
  • El Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona's shopping mecca - once you're there make sure to stop by the magnificent Casa Batlló
  • La playa de la Barceloneta, for the California feeling
  • the shimmering Torre Agbar and its ultra modern surroundings
  • and not to forget, La Rambla, an amazingly busy but charming tree-lined mall that is home to the Mercat de la Boqueria, a wonderful market where you can find numerous sweets, fruits, yummy smoothies, baked goods, fish, spices and everything the culinary heart desires

Enjoy the photos!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Vacation Remix

Hey guys, sorry for being quite aloof lately, I got a visitor over from Mallorca so I'm playing tour guide in Germany, haha!
Hope you all had a great week so far, mine has been awesome. I had a wonderful weekend at the beach and also in Hamburg, Germany's second biggest city, plus we are shooting a short movie in school now so the last few days have been pretty crazy.
Today you get to see some last snapshots of my Mallorca vacation before I will start posting about my trip to Barcelona
By the way, those last few photos were taken in the Cuevas del Drach, an amazing natural cove located in Porto Cristo. Once you enter this magical place you feel like you're wandering through a fantasy movie à la Lord of the Rings. And you know what's the most special part of this enchanting place? Once you're in the middle of the coves they switch off the lights and you get picked up by tiny boats that are lit up playing a classic concert for you, now how romantic is that?
Hope you all enjoy this colorful remix!


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