We had to wake up early to catch a flight. We took bus straight from our hotel to Victoria metro station to take airport express to London Gatwick airport. Cab is very expensive in London so if you would want to save on cab fare, there is airport express to various airport to catch at 15.90pound each. At Victoria metro station, we found Krispy Kreme. Imagine our excitement and happiness, just grab a box and happily ate them on the airport express.
We had to catch a flight to Barcelona from London. My luggage was full to the brim and managed to get myself a SuperDry bag pack from London airport at 29pound! And because of this purchase, we had to run for our flight because the gate was such a long walk away!
The flight from London to Barcelona was quite a shaky one, not sure if it’s the weather or the skill of pilot! But still, thank God we managed to arrive safely.
We had to take Aerobus from airport out to Catalunya metro station to take the metro to our hotel. If you think Singapore’s train system is bad like sardine, you should come Barcelona and experience what it feels like to be Mash potatoes or mince meat. The hotel we stayed in was Novotel Barcelona located at Glories station. We paid Eur77.00 per night for the room which is about SGD66 per person per night after a 60% discount. I was very amazed by how atas and nice this hotel was. We were given 2 queen size bed, 1 is a proper bed while the other was a sofa queen size bed. The whole room has sufficient space for us to put and open both luggage at the same time and this is something rare in Europe hotel. I highly recommend this hotel to anybody coming to Barcelona!
We had half a day free and decided to spend it out shopping and roaming around the city. We took the mash-potato packed metro out to Catalunya station. It was like the Orchard road in Singapore. Brands like Pull and Bear, Zara, Mango, Berksha and H&M are very popular in Barcelona but they ain’t that cheap except for those on discount. I managed to get a few items that were on sales at very cheap price and felt so happy with the loots. Baby clothing were cheap too and I managed to grab things for all the little fluffies, sigh how I miss all the babies and my Axel boy. We get to enjoy nice view while shopping too, Barcelona is really a very nice place.
Dinner was at this restaurant called Picadero, it’s located very near to Catalunya metro station. We ain’t expecting much from this random place that we walked into but it surprises us with very delicious Tapas. This meal totally changed how I view Spanish food. I’m now in love with the authentic Tapas, not those non-authentic ones in Singapore. I’ve tried some and they tasted weird but those here, so yummy! In Singapore, you have to pay at least $15 for 12 escargots but over here, you only need to pay $12 to get a big plate full of escargots, how not to love it?!
We had to wake up early the next day because there is a day trip waiting for us. This is the only place where we had free breakfast and the spread of selection makes us so overwhelmed. Breakfast is an expensive affair in Europe. To be able to enjoy such a spread for free makes us 2 happy girls.
I’ve purchased our day tour through http://www.viator.com, all the day tour is being booked through here. I’ve actually used them for a few times and the tours they provided are of good standard. This time round for Barcelona, we booked a small group tour to some must-visit places. We paid Eur88.00 each for this private tour of 4 pax with an English speaking tour guide which I feel is very worth it. If you want to go free & easy to these places, you’ll have to pay entrance fee of about Eur15-20 each and you’ll need to travel around on your own which can be quite a hassle especially in such a cold weather. Our first stop was Barcelona Museum where we were being drove to top of a hall and able to get a good bird view of Barcelona. Over here, we learned how Barcelona was supposed to be part of a state called Catalunya which is supposed to be an independent country. Due to war and sickness, Catalunya eventually lost its independence and became part of Spain. Barcelona was the capital of Spain many years ago but due to political reason, they shifted their capital from Barcelona to Madrid and this move makes people in Barcelona wanted independence more. On every 11th September, they will hold a peaceful protest to fight for their independence.
The second stop was Sagarda Familia Barsilica, a grand church that is still under construction after 200 years. It was designed by the famous Antoni Gaudi and we knew how complicated his work can be. This church requires another 10-15 years before it can be completed but even when it’s only 70% completed, I’m still very overwhelmed by the majestic of it.
Third stop was to the city area where we were brought around to some churches and places with history such as a school which experienced bombing during the medieval period which killed all the 42 kids. Really love this sector of the tour where we get to see traces of evidence of historical moments.
It was lunch time and we went to try a restaurant recommended by our tour guide to try authentic Catalunya cuisine.
After lunch was a drive to our forth stop, Park Güell. It was a park done up by Antoni Gaudi and once again, it shows his artistic style where his simplicity is total complication to us. I enjoyed walking around the park and enjoying the sun Ray, been a while since I soaked in so much sun!
Our last stop was Antoni Gaudi’s house which is another art on his own. Now each apartment in the building cost Eur11-12million!
We ended the whole tour at 6pm with a head full of knowledge about Barcelona and Antoni Gaudi, totally worth the money we paid and once again, I highly recommend this private tour to anybody coming Barcelona who wants to understand this place more.
The next day was supposed to be a Dali trip but I’m down with fever and flu, ended up staying in hotel the whole day. We left Barcelona the next day via EuroStar to Madrid. Took the metro from our station to Hostafrance where the train station for EuroStar is located. It was a ten minutes walk but thank God there are many people who guided us along the way if not it’ll take longer. We bought the first class ticket at a 70% discount at SGD128.00. First class cabin is really different from normal class, the seats were so spacious and you can even level the chair according to the degree that you like. I had such a good time watching running man, eating chips, enjoying the beautiful scenery & taking selfie.