My Barcelona – City of Dreams

vicky_cristina_barcelonaI decided to walk down memory lane with this post – to tell you about the most wonderful time of my life living in Barcelona for 2 years.  If you watch the film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, you’ll understand how delightful and charming this cosmopolitan city really is. I enrolled at the Gran Universitat de Catalunya for Castellano classes, I was offered an internship at BDDP advertising agency and time just flew by. My 1st year was spent living near the chic Avenida Diagonal (not far from Barca’s Camp Nou), 2nd year just off Las Ramblas in a residencia – my experience couldn’t be more diversified.

So here are some tips of places I enjoyed to go during my Iberian adventure:

hotel casa fuster, barcelonaHotel Casa Fuster, design boutique hotel on the gorgeous Paseo de Gracia. A must stay!

hotel-claris-barcelonaAlternatively, the more traditional and super luxe Hotel Claris, on Avenida Diagonal

Hotel Balmes, BarcelonaOr my favorite Hotel Balmes, on Avenida Digaonal for the cheaper yet comfy option!

Barcelona-BeachOnly 4 metro stops away, I would often walk along the beach of Barceloneta just to admire the sea and take in the fresh air.

Els Pescadors, BarcelonaEls Pescadors restaurant in Barceloneta – best fish and seafood restaurant with an amazing view!

Barcelona beach restaurantsSo many great places to savour in Vila Olimpica, Barcelona’s beach hub by the marina

barcelona vila olimpicaMany avid sailors (my father included!) come to stop at the Port in Vila Olimpica or check in to my favorite Hotel Arts

hotel-art-spa-view-bThe amazing view from Hotel Arts, same can be said of the million-dollar dream apartments in the same tower!

Parc Guell, Gaudi BarcelonaMy favorite Gaudi – Parc Guell: stunning views of the sea and Barcelona, and it’s like being in the Gingerbread House

barcelona Parc GuellOften, you would have caught me here sitting and gazing on a lazy Sunday at Parc Guell

barcelona GaudiAnton Gaudi, Barcelona’s renowned art nouveau artist/architect, designed this surreal Casa Battlo

LaPedrera.JPGAnother must-see Gaudi, La Pedrera

Sagrada FamiliaAn incomplete Gaudi – La Sagrada Familia. 2 sides: traditional depicts birth of Jesus, modern side (this) depicts his crucifixion.

barrio-goticI always got lost in the Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter)! But it’s so charming and quaint.

barcelona placa reialMy favorite place for cafe con leche and some tapas just off Las Ramblas: Placa Reial

las ramblas barcelonaI used to live next to Las Ramblas (Ronda Sant Pere), the thriving famous downtown street

Gran Universitat de CatalunyaFancy taking Spanish classes? Then enroll at my Gran Universitat de Catalunya on Gran Via

MirablauDefinitely worth going for an evening at Mirablau (bar) at Mont Tibidabo for the panoramic view

Otto_ZutzThe legendary Otto Zutz club. 3 floors of pounding music. Be prepared that it only starts at 3am!

godo02_lowOne of my favorite tennis tournaments is held at the private tennis club in Barcelona – Trofeo Conde de Godo

sitgesA must getaway is my favorite Sitges beach resort with the most delicious paella!

So here’s hoping you’ll have a most fantastic time in Barcelona. I for one, have the most fondest memories. One useful phrase in Catalan: “no parla catala”. I don’t speak Catalan.

PZ.

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18 thoughts on “My Barcelona – City of Dreams

  1. Just came back from an amazing holiday in Spain (Barcelona and San Sebastian) and I’m missing it already after looking at your photographs. What I love about Barcelona is the beautiful and surreal architecture. You’ve captured it beautifully here.

  2. Seems like you enjoyed your adventures in Barcelona… I haven’t been to Sitges yet so will be sure to go soon. Maybe when the weather warms up again!

    By the way there is another even better film about Barcelona called L’Auberge Espanol which I suggest you check out.

    I’ve just started my Barcelona adventure earlier this year… working on Barcelona Life. Let me know what you think…

    http://www.barcelona-life.com
    http://twitter.com/Barcelona_Life

    Saludos

    Duncan

  3. Thanks Duncan and yes I saw the film in french! Classic film and brought me fresh memories of my student days.
    Love your Barcelona Life – it’s very good. So many things to do there, that’s what always amazes me and the quality of life is out of this world.
    Good luck with your Barcelona adventure!
    PZ.

  4. I felt as though I’ve been on a mini vacation looking at your photographs after just having dug out of 4 feet of snow. My husband, son and I stayed at the Hotel Claris, and I was wondering if I could download your photo of the hotel to use in a scrapbook of our trip for my husband.

    Your post is very beautiful — although you seem to have missed the Chocolate Museum! So did I. Our cab driver pointed it out on the way to the airport. Maybe next time. Art. Food. Markets. Fashion. Beaches. Cathedrals. Medieval core. Enriching cultures. Good business schools. All of the things I love.

    I found a frog sculpture on the Sagrada Familia. If you write back, I’ll share my photo with you. Happy Valentine’s Day — (perhaps it’s not too late for the chocolates(

  5. Hi there! Thank you for your lovely comment. It is simply beautiful isn’t it Barcelona? Of course, you can use the photo of hotel claris and we would love to see the frog scuplture at the sagrada! how funny. do keep reading our blog and leaving comments! Happy Valentine’s to you too.

  6. Thanks! I really appriciate this! I’m doing some research on Spain and its local “hot spots” and this really helped for all the info I needed. Thank you once again. (:

  7. Amazing city! Oh if only I can afford to go there.. it would be a dream come true. both of you are such lucky amazing people, to have witness lots of gorgeous places around the world.

  8. wow!!!i really miss this fabulous city…i went to barcelona last year.i didn’t want to left that amazing city.antoni gaudi’s masterpieces made me feel really good.i have never seen an architecture like that.really special

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