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Best of Barcelona, ssh! it’s a secret…

21 Sep

Sightseeing in Barcelona


So you have the guidebook, so you know what you need to see…Well here’s my best of  if you are stuck for time in Barcelona, in no particular order….

Parc del Laberint d’Horta
This is as the name suggests, a giant labyrinth. Made me feel like I was in a lovely film, running around trying not to get lost. Beautiful gardens, crumbling Arabic mansion, and no city sounds…wonderful. p.s. I’ve lived in Barcelona for 4 years and I just discovered this beauty last weekend. It’s a weirdly not-rounded-up €2.17.

The Magic Fountain
This is a must see, but make sure to check the website before you make the journey. It’s roaring classical music meets lights, lasers and romance. Oh and it doesn’t cost a thing.

Mar Bella Beach
Forget the dirty touristic beach that sits on the end of the promenade. Go a little further, and meet the real 20 somethings of Barcelona. Great music, cleaner water and lots of bronzed bodies.

Walks

Gaudi
Parc Guell, Sagrada Familia, Fountains in Parc De la Cuitadella, Casa Mila and Casa Batllo…they are all in the guidebook for for good reasons.

El Gothic
Windy streets, lots of tourists, roman ruins, big squares, lots of cafes and bars, souvenir shops, shady characters, cheap raybans, hippy clothes will all leave you with the distinct feeling you’ve just been on holiday…Check out Plaza Trippy for some cosy but crazy nightlife.

La Rambla
It even has it’s own wiki page.

El Raval
Twisty, dirty streets, full of chaos, loud noises, large families, great museums, pickpocketers, lots of great bars, a huge mix of expats from all over the world..oh and lots of men offering cerveza beer and a whole concoction of other things. weird, a little smelly in places. But very Barcelona.

Gracia
This is real Barcelona, full of 20 somethings, always up for a good time, with fresh food markets, little quirky vintage boutiques and cosy little bars with great prices.

Camp Nou

One of the most famous reasons to visit Barcelona. This stadium is HUGE, and to be honest any ticket you get guarantees a good view of the guys in action.
Get your tickets here: Football Tickets Barcelona
These guys speak English, French, Spanish and German and have been doing this for years.

Bars

Timeline
Owned by the lovely Carla and Nina-both bilingual- this bar is sure to please. Decorated cleverly in, well, a timeline of clocks, vintage furniture, old school books as menus, delicious cocktails served in generous jam jars, oh and the most yummy patatas bravas you will find in Gracia..this is a great location to meet new friends, kick back, relax and watch the time go by..

Heliogabal
This is a gem if you are a big fan of little intimate bars with good music and cheap beer and vino. The crowd is a good mix of locals, and expats, usually only too happy to strike up conversation.

El Chatelet
This is one of my favs, they do great cocktails, there is always a good crowd and the atmosphere is second to none. The crowd is kind of trendy, but relaxed and chatty. Mostly locals.

Tapas

I think I should be on commission for Bitacora. Every time we have guests over, this is the one place that we always want to show off in. Fabulous tapas, served in a grungy FC Barcelona supporters bar. Rude writing on the bathroom walls, dirty napkin filled floors, but some of the most delicious food I have EVER tasted. eh..did I mention I think this place is pretty awesome??

Museums
Quirky, in the heart of Raval, surrounded by skaterboys and girls, is Macba, tattoos, kitch bars, and stark white surroundings, this is the heartbeat of the art scene in Barcelona. Keep an eye out for some great photography exhibits in the gallery there.

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because you’re worth it…my list of beauty must-haves

18 Jul

so anyone who knows me, knows that’s i’m a self confessed beauty product junkie. creams, lotions, gels, sprays, mousses, serums, tints, balms, ointments, drops…you name it i’ve tried it. so with some wise years of experience under my skin and on my skin, i’ve decided to put together a little shrine list to all those favourites i’ve been using and abusing since i first stole my mum’s oil of ulay and pond’s cold cream. i thought it would be best to start from the top and move on down…

L’oreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Shampoo

Revlon Professional Equave 2-Phase Leave-in Conditioner

Aveda Volumizing Hair Tonic

Pantene Pro-V Moving Volume Mousse

John Frieda Thickening Blow Dry Lotion

Clinique City Block Sheer SPF25

Kaeso Re-balancing Cleanser, Toner, Moisturiser  & Mask

Origins VitaZing SPF 15 tinted moisturiser

Mac Strobe Cream


Mac Face & Body Foundation

Mac StudioFix Powder Compact

Benefit HighBeam

Estee Lauder Double Wear Shadowcremes

Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara

Rimmel Flash Eyeliner Black

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl

Mac Lip Gelee in Fashion Flower

BareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lip Gloss in Free Will

Vaseline

Flexitol Lip Balm

Clinique All About Eyes

 

Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator

San Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

Garnier Bodytonic Firming Hydrating lotion

Bodyshop Body Butter

Johnson’s Baby Powder

Jason Aloe Vera Deodrant Roll-on

Garnier Mineral’s Deodrant

Arnica First-Aid bruise cream


La Roche Posay SPF 50

Lancaster Face & Body Tan Maximizer After-Sun

Essie Nail Varnish

Kaeso Pedicure everything


Noa Perfume

Perfectil 90 Day beauty treatment

Pure Simple Almond Oil for nails

Clarins Treatment Hand Cream

can’t live if living is without….these things

15 Jun

in no particular order:

music, chocolate, comfy pants, sunglasses, leather bags, summer, small wallet, toothbrush, the girls, warm fire, spf, tinted moisturiser, leather bags, travelling, volume spray, eyebrow pencil in blonde, fresh bread, long wanders by myself, exercise at least every other day, small amounts of trashy tv, good movies, lip balm, pizza, shoes, day planner, to-do list, shoes, lots of water, toast, nail varnish, shoes, clean sheets, tidy everything, tea, a good book, family, joey and someone who makes me feel like me but better…

what’s in a bag?

26 May

anyone who knows me well knows i have a soft spot for bags, leather bags in particular. today, i’m attempting to override the awful irish changeable weather with a delightfully happy blue bag, a gift from my boyfriend in barcelona. it’s soft, bright blue oilcloth with a tan leather strap and  it was love at first sight.

i think that most irish girls have a similar collection of loveable junk carried with them at all times, like myself, just in case

what’s in my bag today?

battered copy of ‘come, reza, ama,’ or in english ‘eat, pray, love’, don’t know what’s wrong, it or me…but i just can’t get into it, teeny green ipod shuffle, small card wallet with about 50 quid in notes, about 10 quid in coins, travel card, umbrella, two pairs of sunglasses(!), an umbrella, ‘liz earle’ handcream, 2 x ‘to-do’ lists-both still ‘to-do’, hairclips, two hair bobbins, lipbalm, tiny sample of ‘roche posay’ factor 50 suncream, a foldaway shopping bag and a shopping list.

lustlist #1

26 May

All Saints Heston Jacket.

this is simply gorgeous. but it’s so gorgeous they won’t let me show you a photo. sniff.