It was a bright and sunny May weekend that Ehsaan and I spent in Barcelona this year. A weekend that happened to be on my 27th birthday. I have to admit, it was not a random coincidence. In fact, we try to spend our birthdays in different places every year. As a trade-off we don’t do birthday gifts. They’re overrated, aren’t they?
Our weekend was packed. We made a rough travel plan beforehand and I read a few travel guides last minute, such as this useful one by Suitcase Magazin. Ehsaan had been in Barcelona before but it was my fist visit so I wanted to check out most of the city’s architecture and art scene. I don’t want to elaborate on Gaudi here, all I can say is that he is a genius and deeply inspired us on many levels. If you ever decide to go to Barcelona, you MUST check out La Pedrera and the Sagrada Familia from the inside (even though the entrance fees are on the higher end and the queues can be annoying). Just looking at the buildings from the outside doesn’t do them justice, I PROMISE. We were so in awe when listening to the audio guides and wandering through Gaudi’s interior masterpieces that we almost forgot to take photos.
Whenever I travel to a new city, I make sure I find at least one good café or place for brunch (which I then note down on my “favorite-cafés-in-the-world-list”; to be revealed one day haha). Luckily, we were able to beat the queues and have a rich & mouthwatering brunch at Granja Petitbo. I loved the fact that they offered Turkish style eggs. We fell in love with the cute interior and local yet international vibe. That place won my heart and made it on my list.
We recommend wandering around the Gothic quarter without any specific plans. Ehsaan and I literally got lost in the small alleys for hours and discovered so many cute shops and cafés. There is something wonderful about not knowing where exactly to go and what to do. Absolutely recommend it once in a while.
For a relaxing evening though, I highly recommend checking out Ziryab Cocktail & Shisha Lounge in the cute artsy quarter called El Born, very close to the Gothic Quarter. We had a very nice time here and relaxed to soft Middle Eastern tunes and delicious Moroccon Mint tea.