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Praying for Barcelona

My beloved city of Barcelona was targeted in a senseless terror attack yesterday. I have no words, only tears. I was in Barcelona just six months ago and walked along Las Ramblas many times. The atmosphere was always lively, filled with people, with lots going on in the food markets, shops and restaurants that line the avenue. Yesterday’s events are simply too much to comprehend. I’m so devastated to see what this world has come to now. To the beautiful people of Barcelona, stay strong as you move forward. Your city will always have my heart. Sending love and prayers to everyone affected.

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Architecture of Barcelona

PasseigBarcelona is the city that forever has my heart. I have so many stories and so many ideas for future blog posts about that special place but for today’s post we’re going on a virtual trip to this Mediterranean gem of a city to explore some of the architectural details that make it so unbelievably beautiful. Walking through the different parts of Barcelona such as El Born, Eixample and Gracia, you see a myriad of stunning doors, windows, balconies, roofs and facade details. If I had all the time in the world and I could stand and appreciate each apartment block in the city, I’d walk away very happy.

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Barcelona Has My Heart

When I arrived in Barcelona just over a week ago, I couldn’t believe I was finally here again. Almost every day for the past four years I had spoken about my deep desire to return to the Catalan capital and after a long 22-hour flight from Australia, I was finally on European soil once again, and it felt good!

There’s something about Barcelona that just lights up my soul and makes me unequivocally happy. When I walk its streets, I feel at home. When I think about where I am right now, I’m filled with so much zest for life. Barcelona brings out the best in me and I can’t wait to call this place home one day. The locals, the architecture, creativity and culture of this city all make Barcelona a shining beacon of light in my eyes. No other city in the world quite compares.

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My Love for Barcelona

Followers of this blog will know that I have a deep and meaningful connection with the capital city of Catalonia. There was something so special about being in Barcelona that both times I visited the vibrant and lively city, I felt at home so naturally. My fascination for Barcelona has already been covered briefly in previous posts but this time I wanted to delve further under the skin of the city that has given me so much happiness.

I don’t have a single bad thing to say about the locals of Barcelona. Most of the time people were friendly, helpful and polite. An old man spoke to us as we rode up to ground level with all our suitcases from a Metro stop at La Rambla. He was so curious to find out about where we came from, what our story was and where we were heading. Although he started off by speaking Catalan to us initially, he quickly switched to English the moment we said we don’t understand him. We were pleasantly surprised! At the end he said “bye bye” and went on with his day. This moment in the lift always makes me smile because just when we least expected to chat to someone, there was a man of 75 – 85 years talking to us extremely well in English.

Catalans appreciated when we put in the effort to at least speak in Spanish but most of the time when our Spanish reached its limit, people could easily speak in English.

As an interior design professional I’m also deeply connected to architecture and the beauty of buildings, both old and new. Barcelona is without a doubt heaven-on-earth where architecture is concerned. On every street corner something suddenly surprised me with its simplicity, intensity and overall effectiveness. I was always left wanting more.

Yes, Barcelona is my all-time-favourite city in Europe and this post is an ode to some of the hidden street corners, tourist attractions and locals that inhabit it.

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Hola España!

If you’ve read my post about the last time I visited Barcelona (you can read it here) then you probably know that I am madly in love with that city. Each time I visit it seems to welcome me with open arms and give me more and more reasons to stay there more permanently. For an interior designer, Barcelona is pure heaven and I love everything there from its beaches, parks and architecture, right down to the food, people and climate. It’s a fantastic city and I can’t wait to go back there.

This time I saw much more of Spain with a train ride to its capital, Madrid. I have to say that I was very impressed. I could see why it’s the capital and yet it was extremely easy to walk just about anywhere in the city centre. In Madrid we visited what might just be my most favourite park ever, Park Retiro. My photos just don’t do that park justice. If you’re ever in Madrid you have to go to this park and spend at least half a day relaxing there. It’s gorgeous there!

Spain is an amazing country and every time I leave it, I hunger for its sights, sounds and tastes again and again. I’d love to live there some day 🙂

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Barcelona!

Anyone who has ever been to Barcelona would’ve without a doubt left it feeling pretty impressed with the sights, architectural marvels and seaside views. Last week I visited Barcelona for the first time in my life and was so captivated by this city that I was almost in tears when it came time to leave it! Barcelona was a place that stole my heart right from the first second.

Entering Gaudi’s still incomplete Sagrada Familia Church was an experience that I will always remember. Such beautiful forms, colours and craftsmanship in the detailing just have to be seen to be believed. Walking in that space was like entering a giant forest, whimsical and playful at the same time. I loved living very close to the clean, sandy beaches that make up the city. Watching the waves roll in one after the other is a truly relaxing activity, and one that I’ve certainly missed. A definite highlight was watching a typically Spanish Flamenco dance and exploring Gaudi’s other gem, Park Guell. The city was extremely easy to navigate on foot and the public transport systems were extremely safe, cheap, clean and convenient.

Barcelona was incredible and I can’t wait to return! Enjoy!