BARCELONA DAY 5: PARK HOPPING, FOOD + SHOPPING

BARCELONA DAY 5: PARK HOPPING, FOOD + SHOPPING

I am sad to say that this was my last day in Barcelona. This was also one of my favorite days in the city. It was a beautiful Saturday and the sun finally decided to brace us with her presence. I honestly couldn’t have ask for a better day.

We started off by going to Hoffmann Bakery and grabbing the most delicious croissant I have ever had in my life. We sat in the little street behind the bakery and just ate our pastries while watching the people go about their day. It was such a good start to the day.

From Hoffman we walked to the Parc de la Ciutadella.

We walked around this gorgeous park while families and puppies played in the grass around us. We came upon the most gorgeous fountain at the end of the park and decided to stop and take pictures and overall just soak in the magic. It was like stepping back in time.

From the park, we headed to the Arc de Triomf. It was so large and so so pretty. Unfortunately it was blocked off for some event so I had to make lemonade out of lemons to get a cute picture. I literally climbed up a giant lamppost, but it is my favorite picture and I have zero regrets.

We then headed out for lunch. If I haven’t mentioned this before, my boyfriend was in chard go 90% of the food places. We did a lot of tapas bars and I feel like it was such a fun experience hopping around them. There was only one time when we had some trouble getting into one and it was on this day.

We wanted to get La Cova Furmada for lunch after seeing them on a YouTube video during our research. We did not expect to wait about an hour to get in and be one of the last parties that were let in before they closed down. We felt very lucky to have made it through the threshold and get to taste the deliciousness that are bombas. I had the pan con tomato, bombas (little potato balls with seasoned beef), and sangria. All delicious!

After Lunch we did some shopping in the streets of Barcelona. We found some souvenirs for family and friends, we visited a very old nougat shop, and we bought some treats from Casa Gispert.

We stopped by our Airbnb to drop off our goodies and headed to our last destination for the day– Parc del Laberint d’Horta.

This park was something out of a fairytale. It was a labyrinth park built for some princess forever ago and was just STUNNING. We spent all afternoon wandering the maze and exploring all the little secret gardens. I honestly felt like I was in Bridgerton and needed to be in a dress holding an old book with a parasol.

We decided to get dinner to-go and head back to our Airbnb very early because we had to wake up at 4am to get to the airport.

And just like that our Barcelona trip was over. I hope you enjoyed my day recaps of my trip and I will be creating a Barcelona guide in the next week or so.

-Lyndsay

BARCELONA DAY 4: PARC GUELL, SANT PAU HOSPITAL + PAELLA

BARCELONA DAY 4: PARC GUELL, SANT PAU HOSPITAL + PAELLA

We were very lucky the sun decided to come out, but it was still freezing. I am definitely glad that I packed layer able pieces on this trip. We started our morning off by exploring Parc Guell. It is probably THE most famous park in Barcelona and I now fully understand why. Not only is this park beautiful, but its also massive which I didn’t realize until I was trying to find the famous mosaic bench and got lost.

This park has so may perfect spots for pictures that my boyfriend and I got a little carried away with taking pictures (no regrets though).

After Parc Guell we decided to grab a coffee and then we were off to our next destination.

We took an audio tour of Sant Pau Hospital and were literally blown away. First of all, this hospital seems more like a palace and was gorgeous. Secondly, this hospital was gigantic with something like 13 different buildings not including the newer still functioning hospital.

Once we finished with our tour, we headed back to our Airbnb to rest a little. Later on we headed back to the gothic quarter to do some shopping where I picked up a pair of handmade espadrilles to take home. I also convinced my boyfriend to get Melindros and Swiss chocolate before dinner.

We headed to the beach to get some paella for dinner. This was probably my favorite meal and I honestly wish I had it one more time before we left.

We had an early night in because we were so exhausted from walking so much and it was in the 40’s by the time we finished dinner. I had absolutely no objections to turning in early for a warm shower and a cozy bed.

PORTLAND, OREGON | TRAVEL THROWBACK

PORTLAND, OREGON | TRAVEL THROWBACK

On September 11, 2018 my boyfriend and I traveled to Portland, Oregon. This was the first trip we took just the two of us and it honestly was so perfect! In SoCal it doesn’t get very cold in the fall and I always crave that crisp Fall air being bundled up in a cozy sweater. We decided early on in the year that we wanted to take a short trip to Portland. Why Portland? It was just a short flight and a place neither of us had been before…did I mention the cold weather?!

We stayed at this super cute Air BnB which admittedly was a lot smaller than we expected but it was so cute! We really only needed a nice place to sleep as we were out in the city pretty much from 8am until 11pm. So honestly, it was just what we needed. 

I loved all of the thoughtful details the host put into the decor like all of the books on portland as well as local chocolate for us to eat and a mini fridge filled with local spirits. This place was also very Pinterest worthy! It was ideally located right next to a public transit line.

Since we were only there for a short amount of time we tried to do as much as possible off our list. My boyfriend was mainly interested in food places while I wanted to do all the sights!

WHAT WE DID

Powell’s Bookstore | this was a non-negotiable must do especially since we are both avid readers and honestly we spent 3 hours in this gigantic bookstore. We planned it out well and did it the first night we arrived right before dinner. If you love bookstores I would plan out a large chunk of time to explore the 5 floors.

Ground Kontrol | If you grew up playing in arcades this is heaven! We had such a fun game night after Powell’s with a few rounds of tetris and time crisis. There is a bar inside that serves only local beers and ciders. 

Japanese & Rose Garden | The second day we trekked on up to Washington Park to go explore the Japanese gardens and they did not disappoint. It definitely was a workout going up into the mountain and all through the garden but the view was definitely worth it. There were so many gems we came across while walking the paths. The rose gardens are located just below and they are beautiful. 

Pittock Mansion | On the mountain opposite from Washington Park is where this gorgeous estate is. It was quite the hike and I honestly had to take a few breaks on the way up. By the time we got to the top, the sun started shining and I started sweating…profusely. We initially went just to walk around the grounds but after sitting on a bench drinking water we decided to pay the admission and go inside. It was totally worth it! On the way down though, it completely poured on us. 

WHERE WE ATE

Por Que No? | We went here straight from the airport (on the way to our Air BnB). The tacos were so good and we loved sitting outside in the gloomy weather. It was such a good start to our trip. 

Mothers Bistro | This one was my pick! I had heard a lot about it from Pinterest and was insistent that this would be our splurge breakfast spot. It was soo good. I ordered the frittata (ah-mazing), my boyfriend ordered the salmon hash, and we both split a Belgium waffle with locally grown blackberries. We ordered a french press for coffee and sat at a table with a view of the city. I honestly still dream about this meal; it was perfect.

VooDoo Donut | While we were there we had to try this place because I mean…everyone talks about it. It was a really cool donut stop but we honestly weren’t too impressed with the donuts.

Blue Star Donut | This place on the other hand was our favorite! We actually stopped at one on our way to the airport and ate them on the plane. They were all so delicious and we loved how they leaned more on the pastry side than the donut side. Luckily one opened up near us in Los Angeles so we can always go get some without the use of a plane!

German Place-

Poisons Rainbow | This was the main place my boyfriend wanted to go to so of course we did it the first night. The ambiance was really cool but sadly it no longer is in business. This bar was owned by the founder of Modest Mouse (my boyfriend’s favorite band) and it leased out the kitchen to a pizza place called Ranch Pizza. Honestly, the pizza was amazing! We both crave it all the time and have even tried to recreate it! The pizza place still exists if you are ever up there.

Salt & Straw | We loved the ice cream here and is definitely a must if you go. We actually lucked out because it was pouring rain when we got there and waited out the storm with scoops of peach cobbler ice cream. We recently got one of these in Downtown Disney so we pretty much go there all the time when we are craving a good artisanal ice cream!

I hope you enjoyed walking down memory lane with me! This was one of my favorite trips in the U.S. thus far. It was so much fun and I loved exploring a new city that was very different from where I live! Have you been to Portland before? I would love to hear about your trip in the comments below!

-Lyndsay