Barcelona on Film

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La Sagrada Familia

Barcelona on Film

Barcelona was our first stop on our European trip. Because of that reason only, I didn’t shoot too much in film fearing that I would not have enough for the other three cities. And to be fair, all we did was eat in Barcelona (which was the only reason we came to Barcelona for); did not want to waste my film on food. Overall, I loved how the shots came out.

Around Barcelona

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View of the back of Casa Batlló from our AirBnb and books along Passeig de Gràcia

Our AirBnb had the cutest view of the back of Casa Batlló; one of the many works of Antoni Gaudí. One of the most enjoyable moments I’ve had while staying here with Charles was hearing the music nightly from the rooftop of Casa Batllo. Coming home to our AirBnb and hearing the music was so relaxing! Note to self: make reservations at Magic Nights at Casa Batllo to enjoy the live music.

I loved seeing all of the books in Barcelona (and all the cities that we’ve been to on our trip). I’ve recently started picking up reading again and it was amazing seeing all the books despite not knowing how to read any of it!

Wander Hour - Barcelona on Film

Arc de Triomf and a little alley in the Gothic Quarter

On a Sunday afternoon, Charles and I took a stroll through some of the famous landmarks in Barcelona. One being the Arc de Triomf; what a spectacular structure! As with all of Barcelona, you probably won’t be able to get a shot without people in it. It was so hard to!

After visiting of the most beautiful cathedral I have ever been to (Barcelona Cathedral), Charles and I wandered through the little alleys in the Gothic Quarter. You can easily get lost here but we managed to find our way to La Boqueria, their famous market, from the Cathedral. This shot was taken near the market.

Park Güell

Wander Hour - Park Guell

Wander Hour - Parc Guell

Views from Park Güell

Another work from Gaudí, Charles and I spent an afternoon up Park Güell. Since we took a bus from our AirBnb, be warned that there’s a little incline to Park Güell. When we went, some parts of the park was under construction which was a bummer. Some shots that I have brainstormed beforehand couldn’t come to fruition because of it but I’m pretty adaptable.

Views of the City

Wander Hour - Barcelona on Film

Wander Hour - Barcelona on Film

Wander Hour - Barcelona on Film

Always on the hunt for the best views

On our last full day in Barcelona, we spent the early hours on a hunt for this spectacular view! I loved how the sunrise illuminated Barcelona from above. Can you see the beautiful but unfinished La Sagrada Familia in the distance? It’s such a sight to see at golden hour!

La Sagrada Familia

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Beautiful details from La Sagrada Familia

Our last stop in Barcelona for our sightseeing adventure was the famous La Sagrada Familia. Photos can not do it justice on how enormous it is! And the detail, look how amazing it is! La Sagrada Familia is still under construction and has been under construction for more than a century! If you plan on visiting La Sagrada Familia, make sure to make reservations online beforehand because tickets tend to sell out!

Hoping you guys enjoyed seeing Barcelona on film!

 

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Barcelona Food Guide

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La Boqueria in Barcelona

Barcelona Food Guide

For years, Charles has been wanting to go to Barcelona for the food and for our recent Europe trip, I knew we needed to stop by Barcelona for him. A lot of trips are revolved around my interests (minus Japan because we both LOVE Japan) so I wanted to give him something to look forward to. We had very high expectations for the food but came out underwhelmed due to Charles’ dietary restrictions (he can’t eat seafood – like hello, PAELLA?! RAZOR CLAMS?! COD?! He couldn’t eat any of that). He pretty much ate the same thing day in and day out. But of course, we enjoyed ourselves and found some dishes that fits his dietary needs! As always, this food guide will be updated through the years if there are plans to go back.

Cerveseria Catalana || Yelp

One of several tapas restaurants Charles and I dined at while in Barcelona. When we first arrived in Barcelona, we tried to stop by here for dinner but the line was about an hour so we went elsewhere. We finally got to dine here on a Sunday morning. We left a little disappointed as they only served sandwiches. We ended up ordering iberico ham and steak sandwich as well as cafe con leche (coffee with milk).

Iberico ham (jamón ibérico in Spain) is one thing Charles wanted to eat while in Barcelona. They are expensive per pound (about $100+/pound) and not easily accessible in the United States. They were actually once prohibited in the United States! They can now be found in certain locations (I’ve seen in New York and in Hawaii) and Charles and I have had it in Tokyo. That said, I highly recommend trying it while in Spain as it’s one of the most expensive delicacies there!

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Ciudad Condal/Ciutat Comtal || Yelp

Ciudad Condal (Ciutat Comtal in Catalan) is probably one of the popular restaurants in Barcelona. If you’re going for dinner, good luck, the wait is long. Our tip? Go when it opens when all of Barcelona is asleep (they start their day pretty late). We were able to sit outside as one does in Europe. And for the most part, we were able to order what we would have ordered during dinner so win-win!

From all the restaurants that we’ve tried in Barcelona, this one would be our favorite and we ended up going twice! We enjoyed their cafe con leche and their orange juice (highly recommend getting both!).

We also ordered patatas bravas which are potatoes topped with a white sauce and comes with a side of spicy red sauce. I’m assuming the white sauce is aioli and the red sauce has a very tomato-y taste to it. Charles ordered croquettes but he has had better elsewhere. I’m a huge shrimp fan so I ordered two of their shrimp dishes: shrimp skewers and shrimp al ajillo. The shrimp al ajillo was my favorite as it was cooked in oil, garlic, and chilies! As per usual, Charles ordered iberico ham sandwich but he was fond of the beef tenderloin with foie! Overall, I’d definitely back to Ciudad Condal!

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Gata Mala || Yelp

After a trip to see Gaudi’s Park Güell, Charles and I were in search for a place to dine near the area (we were staying in La Rambla which was a bus ride away from Park Güell). We came across Gata Mala which was a short walk from the bus stop we got off to go to Park Güell.

First off, the people who work there were lovely and gave us a free tapa to try! This place was small and definitely had a dive bar vibe going on. But onto the food:

Of course, I ordered patatas bravas (it’s a dish that just never fails for me) and this one was different than the others since it wasn’t fried. I loved the aioli though. We ordered a potato salad dish but this one I would probably skipped. It was a huge portion though but because it had fish in it, Charles couldn’t eat it. We also ordered a steak dish that was cooked perfectly well! Lastly, Charles ordered a foie gras dish that was on a sweeter side and a little too sweet for my liking. He liked it though!

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Wander Hour - Food Guide

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Horchatería Verdú || Yelp

After walking all around Barcelona and then spending some time at La Sagrada Familia, Charles and I walked back to our AirBnb. We decided to stop by Horchatería Verdú to try out Spanish horchata. If you’re used to the Mexican horchata, this is a bit different than what we’re used to. It’s still pretty good and such a good value! We got a really large cup and it took us awhile to finish it!

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

La Boqueria || Yelp

If you go to Barcelona and you didn’t go to La Boqueria, did you even go to Barcelona? La Boqueria is a foodie heaven, with stalls on stalls full of juices, cured meats, and fruits among other things. You can also find tapas bars inside such as Pinotxo. Charles could spend forever there trying all that the market could offer!

My favorite stall for mango juice is next to an empanada place (that was also good!). Wasn’t sure the name but I’ll make sure to get it the next time I’m in Barcelona!

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

La Poma || Yelp

On our first night in Barcelona, Charles and I were desperate to find a restaurant to have dinner at given that every restaurant we’ve tried was full. We ended up at La Poma since there wasn’t a line. After we sat down, we noticed why there wasn’t a line: the very poor reviews on Yelp. So Charles and I sat there trying to figure out if we should just stick around or bounce. We decided on the former since we figured we are going to be looking FOREVER for a place to eat and it was already late. But despite the very poor reviews, we actually enjoyed the place. Charles’ thought the croquettes here were the best he’s had the entire trip. This was the first place I tried patatas bravas and it tasted pretty okay; not mad about it.

But the real stunner at this dinner was the cheesecake, oddly enough. It was so good, I wanted more but Charles quickly turned down my request for seconds as we still had an entire trip to go on!

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Xurreria || Yelp

After visiting the Barcelona Cathedral, Charles and I found Xurreria while going through the alleys in the Gothic Quarter. We got the churro with the chocolate inside and churros where you dip it in a paper cup full of chocolate! Pretty good! A good spot to go if you want a quick snack while touring the Gothic Quarter!

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Wander Hour - Barcelona Food Guide

Zenzoo || Yelp

While dining at La Poma, Charles spotted a boba spot right outside so he knew he wanted to grab boba after dinner. The spot was super cute and kind of reminded me of Japan! We ordered a strawberry with boba. The strawberry drink itself had a very yogurt flavor to it which wasn’t bad at all but it might be too tart for some! I’d get it again though!

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Foodie Spots to Visit Next Time:

Bar Mut || Yelp – I really wanted to try out Bar Mut but let me tell you, EUROPE IS EXPENSIVE. So we didn’t want to overspend in Barcelona since it was our first stop during our trip (we still had three more cities to go!). I’ll probably do a much detailed budget for Europe the next time we’re around and include a budget for each restaurant I want to dine at!

Disfrutar || Yelp – This restaurants seems to have stellar reviews on Yelp! 5 stars in fact! Also, can we talk about the interior? The decor is spectacular, modern, contemporary and seriously interior goals. But, as for the food, it seems to lean towards gastronomy and have always found that to be exciting when it comes to dinner. Such a treat! But as with Bar Mut, it seems to be on the pricier side so maybe next time!

El Nacional || Yelp – We discovered this place while we were in Barcelona looking for a place to dine at the first day. I wish we had a chance to go back! It looks a little bit like a food hall with various restaurants inside. As with all of Barcelona, the wait was long for most of the restaurants and we were impatient that day (we had just flew in!).

Pinotxo || Yelp – Located inside La Boqueria, we walked by it a few times but seats were always taken. We may have to go soon as it opens to land seats!

Have you been to any of these restaurants? Let me know if you have or leave a comment on what your favorite places to eat are in Barcelona!

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Tonka 25

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Tonka 25 by Le Labo Fragrances

Tonka 25

Disclosure: Le Labo sent me this beautiful product. As always, all opinions are of my own.

In the first time in three years, Le Labo released their newest classic fragrance: Tonka 25. From their website, their notes are: orange flower absolute, cedar atlas, styrax resins, absolute tonka, and musks. Le Labo graciously sent over a 50ml of Tonka 25 and as always, their brand and their packaging is on point. As for the scent, it’s a bit sweet but also fresh at the same time. I can definitely see myself wearing this as an everyday scent. Can not wait to take it out this week! I’ll report back!

In other news, I have so many blog posts to create after a month away from home. Be sure to come back often! Have a great Monday!

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Gaiac 10

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Gaiac 10 by Le Labo Fragrances

Gaiac 10

Le Labo sent me their products and as always, opinions are of my own

If you haven’t heard already, Le Labo’s City Exclusive scents (scents available only in their respective cities) are now available at all Le Labo boutiques as well as online only for the month of September. No need to buy a ticket to one of their 11 destinations to get a whiff of their exclusive scents; at least for the month of September. Last month, you can purchase the sample size of these scents (and the Discovery Set is the perfect set to get acquainted with the fragrances) but now you can get the full size bottles!

After testing out the City Exclusives Discovery Set (see post here), Le Labo sent graciously scent (kidding, sent) me the Gaiac 10. Charles and I have been both wearing Gaiac 10 and it so works well on the both of us. A close (and I mean, a really close) second would be the Musc 25 from Los Angeles and with an upcoming trip to LA soon, I may just buy when I get there but in case you won’t be in LA or any of their 11 destinations by the end of September, make sure to check out your nearest Le Labo boutique or online by September 30 to make a purchase!

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