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July 27, 2006

I love Barcelona

Follow-up to Barcelona from For blog's sake

I have just returned from Barcelona. In my experience it was a very cool, beautiful, cultural, fun and relaxing city. There's a great miscellany of people all living alongside each other – locals, businesspeople, tourists, streetsellers, hookers, entertainers, travellers – and they all convene around Las Ramblas…the entertainment centre of the city.

There is also everything you could want from a city – culture, architecture and art, history, sun, beaches, an excellent metro system, brilliant bars and restaurants, shops, the list goes on…

Most city breaks tend to last a few days but we were there for six nights in total so were able to balance the 'city break' sights with the beach holiday relaxation. We generally did a tourist attraction in the morning (11am – 1pm), beach in the afternoon (1 pm – 6pm), sangria and tapas (6:30pm – 7:30pm) and then back to the hotel for a quick change before our evening out from about 9:30pm onwards. We often didn't eat dinner until 11pm and the pace of life was so chilled.

Here's a brief overview of what we did while we were there…I will try and blog some of the funny incidents that occured some other time, such as:

  • Street acrobats trying to hoist my cousin, Maria, onto their shoulders as part of their act
  • Losing my skirt
  • Having my handbag stolen
  • Potentially not having any money
  • Ordering steak tartar not realising it was raw steak

Anyway, back to what we did…

First night – Wednesday
Arrived at the hotel
Dinnner: Pizza Mazarno, Las Ramblas

Day One – Thursday
Beach: Nova Icaria
Dinner: Tapas bar in Placa de la Seu Maria or Katrina - can you remember the name of the restaurant?
Bars: Went to Placa Reial. Had a drink in an Irish bar and then went to Jamboree

Kat and Maria in Tapas Bar at Placa de la Seu


Day Two – Friday
Sights: Sagrada Familia
Beach: Ventured to Bogatell but wasn't so nice so went to Nova Icaria
Dinner: Steak tartar place – name?
Bars: Fonfone, Moog, Pipa Club (don't ask!)

Kat and Maria in Tartar Steak place

Day Three – Saturday
Sights: Museu Picasso
Beach: Barceloneta
Dinner: Fritz, Port Olympico
Bars: CDLC, tried Catwalk but was too late to get in.

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Barceloneta Beach

Kat, Me, Maria at CDLC

Day Four – Sunday
Beach: Nova Icaria
Sights: Estadi Olimpic, Palau Nacional at Monjuic, Magic Fountain
Dinner: Txapella Tapas Bar, Passeig de Gracia (the best tapas ever!!)

Estadi Olimpic

Palau Nacional

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Magic Fountains at Monjuic

Day Five – Monday
Sights: Parc Guell
Beach: Nova Icaria
Dinner: Agua, Port Olimpico
Bars: CDLC then had to go to police station to report stolen handbag(!)

Parc Guell


My handbag being stolen

Day Six – Tuesday (our last day)
Beach: Nova Icaria
Dinner: Tapas at Txapela before heading to the airport

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More photos in the gallery

July 18, 2006


Follow-up to We're staying in a palace! from For blog's sake

Sagrada FamiliaYay - I am going to Barcelona tomorrow with my two cousins - Katrina and Maria – and I can't wait!

Maria landed in Birmingham today from Indonesia and I am picking Katrina up from New Street at 9pm (she lives in Leeds).

I have yet to buy some travel insurance and euros and have not even thought about packing although I have done a bit of fake–tanning ready for the beach :)

I think its probably as hot here as it is over there at the moment (which for me is a bit too hot) but at least I can have a dip in the sea to cool down.

We are flying from Coventry at about 5:30pm tomorrow evening so will have tomorrow to pack and have a quick read of the tourist guide to check which bar to go to first!

In other news - i'm buying a flat!! Eeeekkkk! More on that another time…

June 22, 2006

El Bosc de les Fades

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El Bosc de les FadesI think i'm scared of themed bars!

Whilst browsing the internet looking for places to visit in Barcelona, I came across a bar called El bosc de las fades (the forest of the fairies).

I don't know whether I would have the courage to go here – it sounds like this may be where the crazy people go!

With this description – who can resist! The Sagrada Familia pails in comparison!

A dark, dimly lit, windowless place, where the windows have been replaced by weird, illusionary mirrors to either represent the mist beyond the trees or vertical, stagnant, silvery pools of mystery. Lanterns hanging from the branches, lanterns that resemble a dewdrop of radioactive snot, provide the internal light amongst the trees.
You can choose to sit on a toadstool or cross the little bridge across the grotto while the ambience is further enhanced by the background noise of forestry sounds, distant storms, insects and wild animals.

It also reminds me of the rather surreal Jekyll and Hyde Club in New York!

June 19, 2006

We're staying in a palace!

Follow-up to Barcelona… from For blog's sake

Finally booked a hotel for our holiday to Barcelona in July – Hotel Granvia

Located on tree–lined Gran Via, this ornate former 19th century palace is steps from Passeig de Gracia, four blocks from Las Ramblas, and six blocks from the Gothic Quarter.

It looks really beautiful in the photos, plus it was very reasonably priced. Worked out at about £25 a night each for three people sharing.

I am going with two of my cousins – one who lives in Leeds, the other in Jakarta, Indonesia so am very excited about spending some quality time with them as it has been a while!



The hallway features a grandiose staircase, Andalusian arches, stained glass ceiling and chandeliers. The inviting terrace, with its terracotta tiling and dolphin fountain, provides a retreat from the bustle of the city.



Am getting excited now… just need to make a list of all the sights I want to visit!

June 01, 2006


Yay! Got a trip Barcelona booked for the end of July for seven nights.


I haven't been before so suggestions of where to visit and nice (cheapish) hotels to stay at would be appreciated from those who have been…

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My name is Ellie Lovell and I am the Web Editor in the Communications Office at the University of Warwick.

I started this blog in August 2005 when I started working at the University and have learnt a lot from it. I don’t update it so much anymore (I have been unfaithful to WarwickBlogs) but I hope you enjoy what is here…

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