Sunday, 4 October 2015

Barcelona Vintage Market & Two Market BCN

With this weekend offering plenty of markets in the city, I couldn't help but share a few recommendations. Aside from the beautiful Palo Alto market, there are so many others on offer in Barcelona and I wanted to give a bit of attention to two more today. 

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Barcelona Vintage Market 

Barcelona Vintage Market was my absolute favourite of the weekend. Ela tells me it's larger in Summer, presumably as it's a busier time, however when we went I didn't find it to be too small at all. Independent clothes and jewellery stalls, second hand and vintage clothing, plenty of other bits and bobs and a few food and drink trucks mean that there is plenty on offer. Held at Barcelona University, it also has a super chilled out vibe which I loved, and this is definitely the place to find some great bargains at organised and well presented stalls. Entrance is free which means you can pop along and have a browse without any real commitment. 

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Two Market

Two Market is such a great idea: simply, everything on offer is €1. This was a really fun market to visit, but it is pretty much a jumble sale so don't expect to find amazing bargains like Levis for a euro. That said, there were some lovely jewellery stalls selling handmade bracelets, necklaces and earrings and there are definitely some gems there waiting to be unearthed! Held in a massive pub, I'd definitely recommend it for a fun Sunday market. Entrance is also €1.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Barcelona | Palo Alto Market

 photo PaloAlto8_zpskjyqsmyi.jpg photo PaloAlto1_zpszld47try.jpg photo PaloAlto12_zpsmurqs3cz.jpg photo PaloAlto9_zpsznthfhst.jpg photo PaloAlto2_zpsimlbm1rq.jpg photo PaloAlto11_zpsm7ucmqot.jpg The first weekend of the month is full of markets here in Barcelona, and for that reason it's rapidly become my favourite - vintage stalls, food, drink, live my opinion, that's the mixture for a pretty ideal weekend. 

Since December last year, Palo Alto market has quickly grown to become one of the city's favourites, with queues a given - although don't be discouraged if you turn up to a long line of people, as it moves very quickly. I'd heard a lot about this stylish vintage/independent market through work, and was itching to go ever since I heard those magic words 'food trucks' - so at the beginning of September, Ela (who's already been a few times) and I popped down to see what all the fuss is about.

Held in an old factory, the market takes place mostly in the open air, set among a maze of pathways and leafy trees - you'd be forgiven for forgetting you're in the city as it really does have quite a peaceful charm. On the other hand, DJs, live music and an Aperol tent mean that there's a distinct festival vibe as well. I fell in love as soon as I stepped into the wonderland of stalls selling everything from home wares, clothing and food (my favourite). I would describe this as a well curated, perhaps slightly more pricey market - it's all quality and well selected items on offer, but there are bargains to be found as well. For me, I went for the atmosphere and the experience and it's well worth it for this alone.

Taking place on the first weekend of each month, Palo Alto is back this weekend as well so I'm a bit late in sharing this and, chances are, there will be another post about this very market in the next week or two as I definitely plan on going back for another taste tomorrow! Entrance is €2, and if you find yourself in the city when this is taking place, I'd highly recommend a trip.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Pinterest Inspiration: Indian Summer

 photo PinterestSummer2_zpsaydxf22h.jpg I've got back into Pinterest in a big way over the last few weeks, mostly when I'm staring at my wardrobe in the morning waiting for inspiration to jump out at me. I always find myself browsing for hours, there's just so much out there and no matter how many times I see a french braid or an off the shoulder top, I will always be happy to find more images and I've definitely been building up my boards a lot over the last few weeks with similar photos!

Anything summery, little details, pretty jewellery and the like will almost certainly make the cut - I've got into the habit of pinning everything I remotely like, as who knows when you'll find that picture again if you let it go! I'm seriously considering attempting this gorgeous braid/flower combo. I'm always on the lookout for new boards/accounts to follow so let me know yours, as Pinterest has become a bit of an obsession for me recently. You can find me on Pinterest here.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Barcelona | Bunkers del Carmel

 photo Bunkers4_zpsi3fndzhp.jpg Barcelona is a city with many amazing view points. Parc Guell springs to mind, and I'm sure that the view from the W Hotel is pretty spectacular as well. But last weekend, I am pretty sure I found the one to top them all and the best part is, it's totally and utterly free and relatively undiscovered.

I heard about the Bunkers del Carmel from a friend, and it's unlikely I would have found them without that word of mouth recommendation. I almost wanted to keep them secret to myself, but that wouldn't make me a very good blogger and so I'm sharing this lesser known gem so that everyone can enjoy its beauty! Ever since I arrived in Barcelona I've wanted to visit this stunning viewpoint, and when a friend came to visit last week it provided the perfect opportunity. So one very hungover Saturday morning, we dragged ourselves out of bed, hopped on the bus and after one pretty steep walk from the bus stop, arrived at what can only be described as breathtaking scenery and the whole of Barcelona at our feet. I mean, just look at that view.

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Previously used as anti-aircraft batteries, built during the Spanish Civil War, the Bunkers del Carmel have history to offer as well as those stunning 360 views. The 'Turo de la Rovira' viewpoint - named due to its location on the hill of the same name - was renovated and reopened in 2011, as a heritage space and one of the sites of the MUHBA (Museu d'Història de Barcelona). You don't need a ticket to go there, and it's not swarming with tourists (although considering how stunning it is, it should be!) - there are a few boards detailing the history of the place but other than that, you're left to your own devices. It's the ideal place to take a picnic, a date or pretty much anyone who wants to see Barcelona from above.

 photo Bunkers5_zps4790k9d9.jpg I've seen a few sites saying that they're a little out of the way and hard to get to. They may not be slap bang in the centre of Barcelona, but they're pretty much next to Parc Guell so you can easily combine the two if you're short on time as it's probably a 10 - 20 minute walk between the two (trust me, it's worth it). As for getting there, the V17 bus (direction Carmel) runs regularly from central Barcelona - take it to the last stop, and it's a short walk from there.


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