Barcelona – Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia is one of Gaudí’s most famous works in Barcelona. It’s a giant Basilica that has been under construction since 1882 (that’s not a typo!) and it’s not expected to be completed for between 30 to 80 years (time for completion varies depending on different sources of information).

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The beautiful entrance gate –

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Once we had entered – we went immediately up the towers to admire the view. Now i’m not trying to be ridiculously British in saying this – but Barcelona obviously doesn’t have the same Health & Safety code as us. I’m not one to usually be afraid of heights, but something about the fact that there was no railing, no fencing, no nothing to keep you from falling to your death – just wasn’t to my taste. As we walked through I became more & more jelly legged – much to my mother’s amusement. Every where you looked you could see the (beautiful) but terrifying view – even the gaps between the narrow stairs were really pushing me over the edge  (no pun intended). After a rather fleeting trip we escaped back down the elevator to safety.

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There really is so much I could say for the incredible architecture – but it speaks for itself. Every way that you approach it, you discover something new and equally brilliant. I could have spent hours admiring every inch of this magnificent work of art. Luckily we were there in March which is not the tourist season so it was remarkably quiet and had only a few people looking around – which added to the wonderful experience.

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It is definitely one of the top things to do when visiting Barcelona – and if you only have time to visit one of Gaudi’s works of art – make it this one.

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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