Last weekend was my birthday!
Tom and I felt we were due a weekend away. Being lovers of all things that involve jumping on a plane we decided to hop over to Barcelona in search of food, fun and a little winter sunshine.
We arrived at around lunchtime and made our way to our little home for the weekend, Casa Camper.
It’s a short, wine filled walk from the Ramblas yet far enough away that you feel distanced from the hustle and bustle. It is just so perfect.
It’s quirky, fun and modern. It captured all the elements we sought for our little weekend away.
Having unpacked our little suitcases we bundled ourselves up and headed out for a late lunch. We only made it a few hundred yards before I found myself enticed into a little bar… Not by a man holding a menu, oh no. Just many a chair nestled under little heaters. Wrapped up and snug we sipped away a good hour.
What can I say? The heart wants what it wants.
After some Saturday lunchtime Spanish wine we made our way to La Bouqueria market. Cue an inappropriate amount of pictures of fruit and veg.
Oh I do love a good market!
The market is genuinely wonderful. It’s so lively and vibrant you can’t help but feel excited.
We decided to just wander with no specific destination. You know me, I like to eat so the plan was to stumble around the city in search of delicious tapas and a table in the winter sunshine if we were lucky.
The city is alive with art. Around every corner is something that inspires.
Barcelona has so much life in it’s veins, it’s just so alive. The mix of gothic architecture and modern art is just amazing, you can walk for hours and hours without ever feeling bored.
We stumbled upon La Seu Cathedral. Pretty impressive huh? I have a new found love for Gothic Architecture.
It just so happened we walked in a perfect circle. This is the Casa Guinart, located right near the entrance of the Boqueria market.
We devoured incredible anchovies and delectable patatas bravas. This was our favourite tapas restaurant of all the ones we tried. If ever in Barcelona, hit it up.
More market snaps. The colours and light were just too beautiful.
We found a little table in the sunshine and ordered some wine and tapas. It was here I met this guy, my absolute idol in life… He rocked up with a bag of fresh mussels, a bottle of wine and a loaf of freshly baked bread. He would hammer his mussels on the side of the barrel to open them, glug his wine and tear chunks out of his loaf. Simple happiness.
We joked that we were doing the patatas bravas tour, by the end of the weekend it was no longer a joke.
Fish with the heads still on… surprisingly delicious!
After a cheeky jug of sangria at our starting bar we headed back to our hotel.
After an unexpected siesta we put on our Sunday best ready for a meal at Tickets, ever grateful we had booked a 10 o’clock table.`
The tickets post is coming very soon. If I do say so myself, it’s a goodie!!
We only had a day in Barcelona left so wanted to make the most of it.
Early start, big breakfast followed by some elevensies churros… sinfully delicious.
We wandered around the shops, picking at tapas along the way. In the afternoon we went to see the Picasso museum. I got away with a couple of cheeky snaps before the guard caught me.
My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.
Yet another wine filled, patatas bravas pit stop. When in Barcelona…
We enjoyed an amazing weekend filled with all the things we love. I cannot wait to return, hopefully in the Summer and for a little longer than a weekend.
If you want to plan your own little jaunt to Barcelona, get in early with Easy Jet bookings, it makes a big difference on price.
I seriously recommend checking out Casa Camper, the staff are just wonderful, the rooms are soo cool and the location is perfection.
For me the planning/anticipation is often my favourite part of a trip.