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A few days in Barcelona

November 30, 2014

I’m back from Barcelona! I went for a few days earlier in the week (Mon-Thurs) to catch up with Laia, one of my best friends. I try to go once a year to visit, which I’ve pretty much managed so far since she moved back in 2010, and I love it there. It’s so nice to just walk around and eat good food and shop in their amazing independent shops. She could live in worse places ;)

So, here are a few photos from my trip. You can find photos from previous trips here, here, here and here.

Once I’d landed and made my way to Passeig de Gracia to meet Laia, we dropped off my suitcase at her flat and started off with coffee (of course) at a really nice cafe nearby.

After coffee we walked around for a while, picked up a few things for dinner and headed back for a late supper. They finally have decent hummus in Barcelona, which made me very happy! (Let’s not talk about the jar of hummus we tried a few years ago). We had plenty of it with olive bread, asparagus and salad. And those olives? Wow.

We had this dinner twice in a row, and it was so good. The fruit and vegetables taste so much better in Spain; these tomatoes were so sweet, and the salads we put together were definitely much needed after plenty of junk food every day ;)

The next morning we went to have coffee in the cafe of a hotel that bakes all of its own bread. It smelt absolutely amazing! I don’t think I would be able to stay at the hotel, I would want to eat all of the bread.

On Wednesday morning it rained so much. We decided to hide indoors and watch Elf with our coffee, before it thankfully cleared up by the afternoon.

^^Croissants! There’s a chain of organic supermarkets in Barcelona that sell vegan croissants – they’re so good!^^

One of my favourite places to eat in Barcelona is The Dog is Hot. They have a vegan option labelled, or you can mix up the toppings and create your own.

 

As we’d spent the morning in our pyjamas we decided to dress up when we ventured outside. Dressed all in black we looked like we were going to a hotdog funeral, but there’s something so nice about dressing up for no reason at all.

^^The architecture is amazing in the city.^^

^^Layers and layers of graffiti.^^

^^A square of skateboarders. I love how they ride around, circling people walking through. I know that a lot of people probably don’t like it, but I love the atmosphere in the area, and it’s so important to have somewhere like this in any city.^^

^^Barcelona’s version of Boris Bikes. Why are ours so ugly compared to these beauties?!^^

^^Another favourite cafe; Gopal. They have a great menu of burgers, as well as vegan tortilla, cinnamon buns, donuts and cake. Yum!^^

^^These weren’t vegan, but look how pretty they are! I really want to try and make my own – maybe with a tub of Jus-Rol croissants?!^^

^^The Christmas lights were so beautiful.^^

^^A couple of afternoon drinks.^^

^^Before meeting a couple of Laia’s friends for a burger at Kioska. It was so good! Their veggie burger is suitable for vegans, as long as you ask for no mayo and no cheese.^^

^^YUM!^^

After dinner we went to this amazing ice-cream parlour called Gelaaati! Di Marco for dessert. The vegan options were so good! They had fruity flavours, as well as chocolate sorbet made with rice milk. I went for chocolate and coconut, so basically a Bounty in a tub. Yum.

^^Ice-cream party!^^

I think it’s great when ‘regular’ places offer vegan options. There are so many mediocre vegetarian and vegan cafes and restaurants, that I think sometimes it’s best to leave it to people who really love making high quality food, and who offer a vegan option to the same standard. Maybe it’s just me, but when I’m travelling I’m all about the junk food and so many of the veggie places in Barcelona are just too healthy for me! I love eating healthy meals every so often, but there’s nothing quite like a good burger and a few cinnamon buns and donuts.

After ice-cream we went to a very cool cocktail bar. I didn’t realise how amazing it was, and so just ordered a diet coke – but as it turned out, they create cocktails tailored especially for you. You let the waiter know what spirits you like, and whether you like sweet or sour cocktails and they work something out for you. I bet they would have made me an awesome non-alcoholic cocktail! Oh well, next time.

So there’s a few photos that round up my trip! It went so quickly, but I know that I’m very lucky to be able to go once a year, pretty much. The junk food that I enjoyed on my little holiday has snuck its way into my regular life though, so next week is definitely going to have to be healthier! Less pizza more salads, right? Snooze. I hope everyone’s had a great week! I’ve got a double whammy of Photos of the Week to catch up on, plus a few more blogs in the pipeline that I’ve been working on. Hopefully I’ll be able to publish them all in the next few days, but we’ll see! How was your weekend?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 30, 2014 7:58 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Looks like a fun trip. I hate when fun trips go by so fast, but that just makes me try to stop and enjoy everything more. Like this weekend. Now I’m back home and rushing through homework I’d put off, but it was worth it.

  2. November 30, 2014 8:23 pm

    It looks like a very nice trip! And I think it’s great that you try to visit your friend every year. I know sometimes it can be hard to hold on to “long-distance friendships” .
    I love the photo’s as well :)

    xoxo Anne ~ http://lifeasarollingstone.blogspot.com

  3. December 1, 2014 7:16 am

    Aw Laila! Why does Barcelona remind we so much of Brighton – so quirky! Ive always wanted to visit and shop in Barcelona for a weekend, and Amsterdam too. Its on my list of places to visit. Miss your face!

    • December 9, 2014 11:25 am

      You would love Barcelona! I’ve been to Amsterdam a couple of times but aren’t super excited by it.

  4. Tamzin permalink
    December 3, 2014 11:29 am

    Ahhhh I love Barcelona, I used to live there and think it’s a fantastic city!

    • December 9, 2014 11:24 am

      Wow! Was it fun to live there? I love walking around, the architecture is amazing.

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