4 summer highlights in Barcelona. That’s a fraction of all the adventures. It is funny how this summer somehow feels like both: so long and so short! Starting off in April when we arrived in Barcelona and since then going and flowing. Technically it is already autumn – and yes, days are getting shorter, nights chillier. But: I am still greeting the sun every morning, embracing the warmth and the slight ocean breeze [ picture me in skirt and barefoot on the terrace ]. Total happiness! While I am really looking forward to Christmas time, it makes me sad to realise this year comes to an end. Well, nothing lasts forever I guess – except for the many experiences, memories and moments I have been collecting a long the way, treasuring in my heart for ever. I am recording 4 summer highlights that spontaneously come to my mind.
Celebrating love, life, friendship and our 30th Birthday, Isabelle’s and mine. On Montjuic in Barcelona, under a sunny blue sky, surrounded by palm trees, live music and the best ever amigos that came to celebrate with us! We could not have wished for more [ okay maybe for more food, but that’s a detail ]. Baraunda played for us – every single song was a hit and one of them a sweet and special surprise: Flurin’s surprise birthday slash love song. Aaaaaaaaaaah! I’ll never forget this night of all nights which definitely made me celebrate away all my „I-am-30“ struggles!! Yaaassssss!
I have always loved hosting people. Whereas at home [ I mean in Switzerland ] this normally includes a few hours, a dinner or a brunch. When you are in Barcelona, people come for a weekend or stay even longer. That’s when Gaudi-House turns into a little bed and breakfast! And I love how these days are not about a touristy relay race, but about embracing a slower pace, enjoying the terrace and the company. Breakfasts and aperitivos under the pergola which flow seamlessly into each other, a lot of laughing, talking and more laughing. Days like these!
We’ve spent one week of this summer in Portugal together with 6 friends. In a house with barbecue and pool, very close to the beach and the kite school. Perfecto! Although we [ for once ] were not in desperate need of holidays, it was good to spend some days with lovely friends, exploring a small part of the beautiful Portuguese Atlantic coast.
Beach Days for the win
Palm trees and ocean breeze… beach days for the win!! And à discretion, please! Literally got loads of vitamin sea in 2017! This year for sure broke all the records regarding the number of anual beach days. Sometimes it’s not even about physically going to the beach – but knowing that you could go [ in only 15 minutes by bike ] is enough. Sometimes you just feel like a morning run or a walk by the sea. Cycling to the beach and back home is such a feeling of freedom and excitement – and still somehow unreal. Such a luxury!
With mucho love,
It’s been a while since the last update – summer was just tooooo nice to hang out at the beach and be outside. Now that fall is approaching I am looking forward to some productive desk-time! It’s been half a year in Barcelona, in this dreamy home and glorious city. Time to look back, review the dream and take you on a home tour.
Creating, experimenting and meditating – that summarises the last weeks pretty well. Beginning of July I took a two weeks introduction course in graphic design and ever since [ when there was time ] I found myself stuck at the desk with hand lettering, designing or illustrating. This whole new world of graphic design is opening up a huge playground for shapes, colours, lines and letters. Creating and experimenting freely in this field is a blessing and something between meditation and addiction 🙂 Gotta enjoy this crea-time as long as I can!
Read on about my first steps as a wannabe designer. Also I am sharing with you my favourite sources for free procreate brushes as well as fonts and other helpful sites. Last but not least you get to see some of my very first trials.
Planning a trip to Barcelona? Lucky you! Or still looking for the perfect sunny weekend vacay destination? → Barcelona! Anyways, get some inspiration with my free Barcelona Guide with 10 unique places to eat. You’ll be safe and happy – at least on the culinary side, promised! Complete version with shopping and to do hints coming soon.
Barcelona guide with 10 unique places to eat – what?
A free online guide for travellers who like to eat in the coolest spots in town.
- 10 unique places to eat that will surprise you – all personally tested by me 😉
- an online map with all the spots – so you’ll always find the nearest place from where you stand
- three reasons why you should go there
- photos and design by me
Barcelona guide with 10 unique places – why?
I know there’s probably a billion Barcelona Guides out there. Also there is TripAdvisor on top. Hence why should I make another one? Well there’s three simple reasons:
- I am practicing photography and graphic design & needed a project
- I want to have a top 10 list of my favorite spots in town
- and share them with you guys 😉
Three reasons are enough to do it, right? Also a couple of people [ that I don’t personally know ] got in touch with me for hints which of course gave me an additional push. The guide will contain three sections: eat, shop, do. The first section with 10 unique places to eat is done and ready to be shared with you. I’ll keep you posted on the other two sections.
It is funny how Barcelona somehow feels like both: Big and cosmopolitan – yet compact and manageable. Basically everything is within walking distance [ if you have time ] and that‘s something I love about this city. Getting lost in the labyrinthy streets of el born, endless paseos along scenic Barceloneta or little hikes to el bunker – just to mention some of my favorites. Barcelona is such a charming city offering so many unique places to eat, to shop or to go to. Since we have been here for almost three months now, I had quite some time to dive deeper into this city and discover some hidden treasures. By the way, if you are interested in reading what we have done so far, also read my other two posts: first one or second one. Back to the topic: In the jungle of streets and the abundance of restaurants it is not always easy to detect T H E one. Therefore I am sharing with you my personal top 10 list in this Barcelona guide. Make sure to add some of them to your list and you’re good to go. My way of discovering a city is always a balanced mix of strolling / going with the flow and carefully research and select a few places I don’t want to miss along the way. Hence I research. Avoiding TripAdvisor which I don’t like, I am crawling through travel blogs until I find the ones that suit my style. Thus in my guide you’ll find both – places I’ve spotted by myself walking this city up and down and others I discovered through blogs.
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This Barcelona guide with 10 unique places to eat is nothing else than my personal top 10. May it inspire also you and add a special twist to your stay! Of course I would love to hear about your days in Barcelona. What was your personal highlight? Did you go to any of the places I recommend in my guide? Or do you have questions? Get in touch, either here or on Instagram. I’ll be happy to help!
Time flies. It’s been already two months and while typing this I am replaying the game in my head. The first month was mainly about organizing stuff, furnishing the apartment and settling down a bit. The second month was completely different and a special highlight to remember forever: Birthday fiestas for days and lots of amigos coming over from Switzerland to celebrating it right! Hence I thought it’s time to reflect and simply reminisce – plus to give you an update…
From Zurich to Barcelona. It’s been two weeks since we’ve been here and started building a new life in a new place. Most appreciated so far: Barcelona’s SUN!! Since we are here, we’ve been waking up to sunshine and blue skay e v e r y day! Except for the Sunday night when we arrived: that particular evening it was raining hahaha! It might look like we would be hanging around, relaxing and sunbathing all day – wrong! Read on to learn more about our new home and the first achievements.
The first days were pretty tough, as we’ve spent most of the time scouting and shopping of furnitures – translation: walking 758 km with 3 blisters, checking out store after store. Not that I would complain 😉 Poco a poco we’re getting there and making our new home feel cozy and comfy.
Being in a new place means walking with open eyes, observing and perceiving with all senses. Discovering every corner and detecting new favorite spots. With the sun on my face and calma in my heart. So much love, excitement and curiosity about this city!
Are you a veggie lover? Hence this quick and simple dish with an exotic twist is for you: Roasted sweet potato and beet with guacamole and passion fruit. The sweet potato and beet wedges are marinated with maple syrup, cinnamon and turmeric. Sweet, salty and fruity flavors coming together on one plate and giving this dish a fresh and moist taste. I am not vegan nor vegetarian, but I like healthy, plant-based food very much! Therefore I am constantly trying out new ways, combinations and preparations of veggies. By the way this recipe is a modified version of Fanny the Foodie’s Turmeric Roasted Sweet Potato which I looove so much and prepared over and over again! Every time in a slightly different version, cause you can basically use all kinds of veggies you find in your fridge. Just marinate them the same way and adjust the baking time slightly if needed.
6 favorite food and drink spots in Zurich where I’ve spoilt myself with generous brunches, dinners and aperitivi [ in other words: where I spent my money ]. 6 places I love and I am truly gonna miss. I am also writing about my #zürilove and the last days in this city: Feelings of happy gratitude, bittersweet melancholy and crazy excitement for what’s next to come! Ciao Züri – Hola Barcelona.
If you like oats and nuts this is for you: Easy homemade power granola for breakfast. First of all what I like most about this recipe is the irresistible smell all around the apartment while baking it and of course – the strength and energy it provides me with! My granola mixtures normally contain lots of power foods [ like goji berry, chia or flax seeds ] you could either add more of these or replace or skip any of the ingredients. There’s no danger in making anything wrong with this recipe, that’s the beauty! So far every batch turn out differently – and it’s always been tasty! So absolutely no need to stick to my ingredients list, see it more as an inspiration and follow YOUR flow 🙂
Between some struggles I am happily reflecting my life. Thinking about things and friends that enrich my life. Now that I have plenty of time. Time to think, time to socialize, time to craft and create. 2017. The year I quit my job – not because I have another one, but because I don’t want one anymore. Time for a timeout, a creative voyage to somewhere. 2017 is also the year I am turning thirty. T H I R T Y!! Can’t believe it. Won’t believe it. Where did the roaring twenties go? Haven’t they just started? It feels like walking towards a big big door which must be the entrance to another stage of life. Am I ready to open that door and enter?