Barcelona – Gothic Cathedral

I wanted to explore the gothic quarter of Barcelona as really – what could be better for a photographer. All that beautiful history and architecture – perfect.  We found the Gothic Cathedral right away and really, it was the main reason I wanted to come down and explore here.

I love dramatic architecture – and this had it in spades. I’m going to let the photographs speak for themselves as I had so much fun photographing this incredible building. 

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Once again we opted to go up some ridiculously old & small elevator and onto the roof of the Cathedral – I mean really I should have learnt my lesson from Sagrada Familia – but this was taking un safe to a whole new level! We were precariously balanced on some scaffolding that really was about the fall at any minute – or at least at the time it really felt like it was. And to add to the already building level of hysteria it was incredibly windy up there – so if we weren’t falling to our death due to the scaffolding we were certainly about to be blown over the side. I couldn’t resist posting the next two photos of my mother to illustrate this point further – sorry Mum! After a very fleeting visit – we slowly side stepped our way back towards the elevator.

 

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We stumbled upon the courtyard (Cloister) and found these adorable white geese that they keep there. I spent far too long naming them and trying to win their trust to obtain the perfect photograph. But to no avail – so these will have to do! 

 

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 I like to think he was posing for me there – just a little!

We found our way back out onto the beautiful streets of the gothic quarter and continued our adventure! (Until the rain returned!)

 

 

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Valentine’s Borough Market

Well Valentine’s Day has been & gone while you may be heaving a great sigh of relief – I had an absolutely lovely day in London! I’ll try and hold back on the soppy/cheesy stuff, so here goes… We started the day with freshly baked croissants and cuddles with the puppy before heading out to Borough Market! Borough Market is next to London Bridge station & is simply the best London has to offer when it comes to fresh produce. Bread, coffee, cheese, fish, cakes, vegan, gluten-free. If you want it – they’ll have the finest of it! It’s one of those places that is always on ‘Top 10 Places to go in London’ lists, and with good reason!

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I was then steered over to my favourite Florist, Chez Michelle to pick up a beautiful bouquet that would result in me getting jealous glares everywhere we went for the rest of the day!

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I am quite picky when it comes to flowers & I’m really not a fan of a dozen red roses, so he (cleverly) got me a stunning English Country Garden style bouquet – which is much more ‘me’. Then onto lunch…

I had Pulled Pork from a hole-in-the-wall place that was wonderful, if highly un-romantic and messy… but hey, a girl wants what a girl wants!

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If you need a quick, cheap and delicious lunch, there is plenty on offer! Don’t except to find a seat though – grab a wall to lean on or a curb and enjoy! My date had a Fish Finger Sandwich & Chips from Fish Kitchen – they have a restaurant in Borough Market too! He said the fish was incredible but the chips weren’t the best he’s had in London.

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Grab a cool drink, a corner or side to lean on & enjoy! Check the picture below for opening times…

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And don’t forget to look up…

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February 1st… You know what that means…

February 1st if often met with great sigh’s of relief that at last we are free of January’s dull days spent waiting for pay-day & attempting to stick at all those well meaning new year’s resolutions. But it also means one thing is approaching… Valentines Day. Whether you are newly loved up, in a long-term relationship or looking for that person to sweep you off your feet this February 14th, we are all feeling more than a little stressed over this glorified Hallmark holiday!

If you are in a state of panic & frantically googling ‘Top 10 Things to Do on Valentine’s Day in London’ then here’s a little restaurant recommendation that might help you start to feel a little less stressed about the dreaded day!

Last year we decided to go to the beautiful and romantic Bob Bob Ricard in Soho. They serve ‘a luxury English and Russian menu to its eclectic clientele’, says the website. And it certainly does. You sit in these gorgeous booths surrounded by gold plated…well, everything! The service is incredible & the menu is to die for. After being greeted at our table by, one of the Bob’s and given a Rhubarb G&T on the house (Tweeting where you are isn’t always a bad idea!) we were set up for a beautiful evening of great food & lovely company. And hey, any place with a ‘Press for Champagne’ button, is alright by me!

You can find out more about Bob Bob Ricard at http://www.bobbobricard.com & you can follow them on Twitter @BobBobRicard

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This year, i’m hoping for a quiet night in with some beautiful food & just enjoying each others company. And maybe a lovely hand-tied bouquet wouldn’t go a miss… xoxo

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