Barcelona is one of my favourite cities in Europe and our trip there was unforgettable. I went there with two of my besties from university, one of whom was actually celebrating his birthday. Another life event that happened around this time was when I had just come out of a long term relationship so what better way to temporarily escape heartbreak than to go on a lil vacay?!
Now before you guys start thinking that this is going to be a soppy one, do not fret. Yo girl’s fully got her mojo back now so it’s all good in the hood. At the time however, it was the perfect escape to just take a breather. So we stayed in Hotel Expo Barcelona and it was amazing! Location was on point (Barcelona Sants railway station right on our doorstep), rooms were spacious and the breakfast buffet was delicious.
On our first morning there, we went up the roof top terrace and the views of the city were just so lovely.
Hotel Expo Barcelona also has a rooftop pool perfect for those afternoon dips if you ever visit in the summer. Sants-Montjuïc is just a few minutes walk away as well, so that’s where we spent most of our first day there. Little story here is that we actually arrived in the morning of our first day. We were so tired that what was meant to be a 1.5 hour power nap ended up being a solid 4 hour semi-deep-sleep, so we didn’t make it out of our hotel room until the afternoon. Please don’t judge us, we were honestly so sooo tired that day it was unreal. Anyways, we made up for it eventually so if you’ve made it this far then, keep reading 😛
Okay so remember I mentioned earlier that on this trip there was:
- A broken-hearted girl
- A birthday boy
Well, here they are. Hello world.
We went out for dinner to celebrate Paolo’s birthday and went on an evening stroll in our local area. One super handy thing about the location of our hotel is that it is just a 10 minute walk away to a pretty large shopping mall that had lots of restaurants inside. Our hotel was pretty much central to everything we needed which was immensely convenient.
Our area was seriously so pretty, especially at night. City lights were twinkly and to top it all off, the weather was pleasantly mild. It wasn’t hot but it wasn’t cold either. There was a very gentle breeze so a light cardigan was more than enough to stay comfortable.
For dessert, we went on a little hunt to find these chocolate bars called ‘Filipinos’. I keep seeing people post about it on social media so was intrigued to see what the fuss was all about. They’re basically chocolate covered biscuits which are actually quite nice. We also did a little grocery shop to stock up on bottled water and snacks since we were in the supermarket already.
We continued our stroll around the area and finished the night off watching the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. The fountain was just a few minutes walk from Plaça d’Espanya which was very close to where our hotel was located. The construction of this fountain actually dates all the way back to 1929 so it’s definitely been around for a while. This beautiful water and light instalment receives around 2.5 million visitors every year!
We ended our first night here and it was just such a blissful evening. Deep talks about life situations and life dreams were pretty much the very core activities of the night until we got back to our hotel, talked some more and finally drifted off to sleep ready for a packed weekend in beautiful Barcelona.