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A Birthday Weekend In Barcelona
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This past weekend I flew to Barcelona to celebrate my friend's 21st birthday. It felt so good to be back in one of my favourite cities, and although I wasn't there for long, we had such a great weekend!

I was due to land in Barcelona around 10pm, and meet all the other girls who were also flying in from London or Paris around the same time. Unfortuanetly my flight was delayed for about 6 hours and I ended up not arriving until about 5am on Saturday. This is the second time in 6 months that I've flow with Vueling to Barcelona and both times the flight has been either seriously been delayed or cancelled. Anyway luckily my cousin got in touch with me to say that his roommate's girlfriend was also on the same flight so at least I had some company! Upon arrival into Barcelona, we shared a taxi into the city, and I expect to see her in Cannes soon. 

Golden Hour At Bunkers Del Carmel

Although I only discovered this place for the first time last year, it has quickly become one of my favourite spots to go to every time I'm in the city. With the most incredible views over Barcelona, and still not well-known by tourists, it truly is the best place to head for a picnic during sunset.

You can either walk from town, or as I did, you can take the bus through Gracia and up to El Carmel where it's then a steep 10 minute walk to the summit. These old bunkers I think were only opened to the public about 5 years, so a lot of tourist guides still haven't picked up on the fact that they exist and offer panoramic views. 

I first came here last year on a date during sunset, and although that's probably when it's the busiest, I still think it's the perfect time to come. Bring a picnic and some friends and you're set for the evening. 

Away With Friends In Gava

A couple of weeks ago, when some plans fell through, I realised that I was in fact free to join some friends out in Spain for a week. Although I wouldn't be able to join them by staying at the same hotel as them, I worked out that I could stay Barcelona and then commute out and spend the days with them at their beach hotel in Gava. 

Gracia Festival In Barcelona,

So in August, in between my time spent working in the South of France, and driving round Northern Italy with my parents, I had about a week to do something and go somewhere. Wanting to stay near to that area of Europe, I looked around on the web for somewhere to go. Now I'm someone that loves going to new places, and there were plenty of new destinations on my list that would have been possible for me to spend a week in exploring, but surprisingly instead I chose to re-visit somewhere I've been a couple of times before; Barcelona.

I first went to Barcelona a few years ago with my parents in Easter break and within days I fell in love with the city. It was probably the first place that I visited back before I did a lot of travelling which I remember thinking how much I wanted to stay and see more. The following year, in my gap year, I returned to the city for  three weeks in order to see as much as I could while also attempting to learn Spanish. As you can probably tell, I love Barcelona. From the first time I visited, I was hooked, and every time I get the chance to come back to this incredible city I jump at it. It's for sure somewhere I want to spend a prolonged period of time in when I'm older. 

Anyway, back to the present day. After spending a couple of days up the Catalan coast in Aguia Blava with a university friend, I found my way heading back to my favourite European city, with butterflies in my stomach from excitement. I had booked 5 nights at Casa Gracia Hostel, a high-range hostel, that felt almost more like a hotel than a typical hostel, located in the party district of Gracia, and most importantly, right next to Passeig de Gracia and the underground. 

I had a couple of things planned that I'd already done before such as visiting La Sagrada Familia, walking down Las Ramblas and taking the gondola across from Montjuic to Barceloneta beach. I also wanted to add a couple of new things to my list such as going to a Barcelona football game, cycling along the seafront, and spending my evenings at the Gracia street party, which coincidentally, was happening while I visiting.