Photo by ARTIESE | Barcelona, Spain | TravelPhoto by ARTIESE | Barcelona, Spain | TravelPhoto by ARTIESE | Barcelona, Spain | Travel

Photo by ARTIESE | Barcelona, Spain | TravelPhoto by ARTIESE | Barcelona, Spain | Travel

Photo by ARTIESE | Barcelona, Spain | TravelPhoto by ARTIESE | Barcelona, Spain | TravelPhoto by ARTIESE | Barcelona, Spain | TravelPhoto by ARTIESE | Barcelona, Spain | TravelPhoto by ARTIESE | Barcelona, Spain | TravelPhoto by ARTIESE | Barcelona, Spain | Travel

Photo by ARTIESE | Barcelona, Spain | Travel

Back in late April, I had the opportunity to visit Barcelona, Spain for a few days with my friend Jennifer who went for Bridal Week. She invited me to the Pronovias bridal fashion show and gala dinner – it was truly an amazing experience – a perfect opportunity to dress up and appreciate elegance and art expressed through fashion. I included an iPhone shot of the Pronovias show that I posted on my Instagram.

I love traveling and experiencing different cultures. Barcelona, by far, did not disappoint me in terms of food!

Here’s my little travel guide from my experience:

STAY around Passeig de Graçia. It’s a beautiful and safe neighbourhood with a lot of big name brand shops. Every door or gate design I saw on each building I wanted to take with me!

EAT everywhere. Okay, it was really hard to narrow down the restaurants I’ve tried! So here goes:

1. Bodega 1900 (make sure to make reservations or come early – they open at 1pm),
2. Bar Cañete,
3. Paco Meralgo (their menu changes – all the dishes I’ve tried were all great!),
4. Bar Central la Boqueria (at Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria along Las Ramblas – inside a crowded market with lots of interesting things to see and buy – I ate lunch here for one of the days and I got a free cava from the waiter who didn’t want me to leave haha!),
5. Granja la Pallaresa (try this place for churros! We got churros chon chocolat and I made the mistake of drinking the chocolate… it’s very concentrated and only meant for dipping),
6. Tickets (I didn’t have enough time to try this place but I heard nothing but great things! I will definitely try it next time I visit)

SEE a lot of Gaudi style buildings around Barcelona. It was really interesting to see his artwork everywhere.

1. Las Ramblas (this area is always busy, be careful of any valuables – the whole street is beautifully lined with trees and creates an archway)
2. Sagrada Familia (hauntingly beautiful structure and it’s not even done yet! Purchase tickets ahead of time and go during daytime on a sunny day so you’ll see the reflections through the stained glass windows inside)
3. Park Guell (outside of the city, on the plus side, you get a nice view of Barcelona!)
4. Catedral de Barcelona
5. Parc de la Ciutadella (a beautiful park – some of my photos on this post are from there)
6. Barceloneta Beach

I hope you enjoyed this post! And if you have any other suggestions, I’d love to hear it in the comments for when I go back.

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