5 Reasons you need to visit Barcelona

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is home to many amazing sights. I had seen a handful of beautiful pictures of the architecture, the beach which runs the length of the city and the mouthwatering food consumed. However apart from this I didn't know much else about the city. All I knew was that I was excited to visit somewhere new and sunny to explore. 

Upon our arrival into the city we was welcomed by a comfortable heat. As we made our way to the hotel we started to get a feel for the place. Busy, quirky and breathtaking were my first thoughts as we explored. And as the trip went on we was welcomed by more and more astonishing sights to explore. It had everything you could want from a city break, from breathtaking sights to explore; architecture to swoon over; parks to get lost in; beaches to relax on and of course fantastic sunshine. 

1. The Architecture

The architecture is one thing that Barcelona is famous for. This is due to Gaudi who is a famous architect. During the time that Gaudi lived in Barcelona he designed and built some breath-taking building and monuments which are well known today. Such buildings as the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila and Cascada fountain in park de la Cuitadella. Each building/monument although designed by the same architect are different and unique.  

Casa Batllo: This has to be one of Gaudis prettiest constructions. The building was previously a house which has been redesigned by Gaudi in 1904. Previously known as the house of bones the building is designed with stone, metal, wood and ceramic of all colours. You are able to admire the building from the outside and the inside with a ticket.

You can book tickets to go inside: here

Sagrada Familia: This was the first building/monument that was designed and constructed by Gaudi. The construction for the building however started in 1882 and is still being carried out with expected completion in 2026/2028. Although the building is currently surrounded by cranes and scaffolding it is still spectacular to look at. You are able to go inside the building to admire it from the inside - however you will need a ticket which sell out rather fast. The tickets start from 15 euros depending on what you want from your visit. If you don't book then it may be sold out when you arrive,

You can book tickets to go inside: here , the money from the tickets goes towards the continuing construction of the building.

2. The Parks

As well as a gorgeous beach Barcelona is also home to some pretty spectacular parks. Whether you are looking to visit a park to relax, explore, swim or even row a boat there is a park for you. Although there are parks located all over the city the two most well known parks are Park Guell and Park De La Ciutadella.

Park De La Ciutadella: This is the park which is home to Barcelona zoo, Catalan parliament and a stunning fountain. Pictured below the fountain is open to the public to explore and climb the stairs to go inside. Originally the park was the only green space in the city and is still today full of green areas to relax and explore. However if you are looking to do something fun while visiting the park you can always hire a boat to row around the lake. The park is the only a short walk from the beach if you would rather somewhere shady to relax in.

Park Guell: This has to be the most famous park in Barcelona due to its buildings and monuments which were designed by the famous architect Gaudi. Anyone who has seen photos of Barcelona is sure to have seen the photo of a blue and white structure with views of the city in the background. This park is located at the top of the city up a rather steep hill. Although if you are walking up the hill it may seem tiring when you reach the park it will all be worth the walk. However something to bare in mind when visiting the park is the fact that to access the section of park with the impressive structures you will need a ticket. These can be brought on the day in the park but be aware that they do sell out rather fast so it would be recommended to book your tickets.

You can book tickets for the park: here

3. The Views

Due to Barcelona's hilly landscape the high points of the city offer some amazing views. Depending on the location you are at you can either see across the marina, across the city or across the city and out to sea. Barcelona is lucky that it has multiple locations which rise above the city to offer spectacular views. And with such a wide variety of breathtaking architectural buildings and monuments the views are even more spectacular. But where do you find the best views . . . 

Park Guell: As well as being an exciting and interesting park to explore the park also offers some of the best views across the city and out to sea. You are able to experience the views from various locations within the park but to experience the best views it is recommended to buy tickets to go into the monumental zone. This part of the park is home to a terrace filled with mosaic benches where you can sit and take photos of the most breathtaking views across the city with Gaudi monuments in the photo. 

Teleferic De Montjuic: This is the Barcelona cable car. Located to the west of the city the cable car allows you to travel up the Montjuic Mountain. On your 750 metre long journey you will be able to admire the views across the city and spot such famous landmarks as the Sagrada Familia. The cable car allows you to hop on at three different locations. This is perfect if you want to catch a ride up buy walk down or just ride both ways. At the top of the mountain you will be welcomed by the Montjuic Castle. You are able to go inside the castle with the purchase of a ticket at the top. However the castle can be admired just from the outside. 

From the walls around the castle you are able to admire views of the marina and out to sea. You can also still see across the city if you look across from where the cable cars are coming from. 

4. The Food

This is one of the most exciting things when visiting a new location. Finding good food makes a trip complete. I find that when I am exploring somewhere new and it is hot during the day I don't want to be eating anything too filling or heavy. Therefore when we came across a fruit stall on our way to the beach it was perfect. The little stall sold all kinds of fruit pots to suite what you are looking for. The location of the stall made it perfect to eat as you walked along the marina to the beach. However we did come across other fruit stalls within the city where you could buy fruit pots.

Ice Wave: This is a little ice cream shop located within the Gothic Quarter. The area is known for its quirky buildings and interesting side streets with little shops such as this ice cream shop. The shop serves rolled ice cream made fresh from your order. Whether you are looking for a fruity ice cream or a chocolaty ice cream the little shop has it.
5. Font Montjuic Fountain 

This spectacular fountain is a must see when visiting the city. Although stunning during the day at night the fountain does a special show where music is played and the fountains perform in unison with coloured lights. The show times vary depending on the season and the time that the sun sets. However during the summer months the show starts at 9.30pm till 10.30pm. This is every night apart from mondays and tuesdays.

However be prepared to arrive early if you would like a specific location to watch the fountains or a close up view as hundreds of people flood to see the fountains every night. This is no surprise when the fountains are so spectacular. Even if you have seen the show before it changes every time.
We would love to know of your top reasons for visiting Barcelona? What would you recommend if we returned?

Love Chloe and Megan 

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Kerb Camden Food Market

Location: Camden, England 

Camden may be one of London's most exciting areas to visit; the quirky people, crazy shops and hippie vibes you feel as soon as you arrive will make you fall in love with the place. It is unlike any other area of London. The hustle and bustle is surprisingly welcoming and the smell of so many different foods completely appetising. Therefore last Saturday we decided to head to London to eat our way around Camden.

Camden is home to Camden lock where you will be welcomed by canals full of barges and market stalls full of food. As you walk further from the canals you will also come across stalls filled with clothes, accessories, jewellery, rugs and anything else you can imagine. The quirky area has everything you will possibly need for a fun, exciting day out. You will always be sure to find something different and more exciting than before every time you visit. 

Camden is the perfect place to get lost for the day!

With 34 food stalls the decision of what to eat can be pretty hard, here's what we ate . . . 
Oli Baba's :: If you love halloumi then this the place for you! Halloumi seems to be the new biggest trend, everywhere you eat seems to have halloumi on the menu. But Oli Babas have taken it to the next level. Imagine you are eating halloumi but it's deep fried with more taste and has some mouthwatering toppings. The halloumi fries can be topped with: yogurt, pomegranate seeds, mint, sumac or pomegranate molasses. Not only do the fries look delicious but they also taste amazing. I would highly recommend trying them for yourself if you are in the area. Whether you are looking for lunch or a snack the fries are unlike anything you have ever tasted.
Fish & chips, calamari:: this is exactly as the name states it is fish, chips and calamari. Of course you do not have to have all three together. You can have either fish and chips or calamari and chips or just chips on their own. Each portion is served with a lemon slice, basal and chilli if you wish. 

We went for this due to our love for calamari. The addition of chilli and basal made the calamari and chips delicious! We found that the single portion was however quite large so decided to share. This was we could try out even more food stalls before getting full.
The market has every kind of food stall you could wish for. Whether you are heading to Camden for evening drinks; street food for lunch; a juice for breakfast or even a dessert after a meal out. 

After our street food lunch we decided to go for some dessert food. And what better choice than churros . . . 
Churros:: The little stall is located near the edge of the food stalls which makes it perfect to grab your dessert as you are leaving. Or to eat dessert food as you arrive. At the stall the churros are made fresh in front of you and complemented with your choice of sauce.

You are able to choose from caramel, belgium chocolate or nutella sauce. 

The hardest decision you will have to make is how many churros you want to eat. These may be the biggest churros i have ever had so be prepared if you are buying lots.

We went for 6 churros in total so we could have a couple each dipped in either caramel or belgium chocolate sauce. If they wasn't so delicious we would not have been able to manage them after being so full from the other stalls.
Iroll ice cream:: If you haven't already seen videos of iroll ice cream being made before where have you been? The ice cream which was influenced by the middle east is the new big thing. Prepared and made fresh in front of you the ice cream may be the best I have ever tasted. The ice cream is different to other ice cream due to how it is made. Instead of scooping it out of an already made container it is made on a freezer plate in front of you. The stall where we purchased the ice cream from sold the following flavours: strawberry & meringue, cookies & cream; baileys and toffee apple crumble. We went for the strawberry and meringue flavour. 

This was made fresh in front of us from fresh strawberries, meringue and some kind of condensed milk/cream. 

The man would place your fresh ingredients onto the freezer plate (in our case strawberries and meringue) and chop them up with his scraper/knife. He would then add the condensed milk/cream and mix them together until they are all combined. After spreading the ice cream across the plate he could roll the ice cream into perfect ice cream rolls to place in your ice cream pot. 

Due to how fresh the ice cream was it tasted amazing. Unlike normal ice cream it was not too sickly and did not melt straightaway. I still had mine when I got onto the tube. 

The ice cream was the perfect end to our foodie day to cleanse the palette. 
We would love to hear your thoughts on Camden food market and any recommendations for where we should try next?

Love Chloe and Megan

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The Copenhagen City Guide

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark which is one of the five Scandinavian countries. Located above Germany it is the most southern Scandinavian country of them all. The city is well known for its canal which is lined with colourful buildings and its famous mermaid statue.

Just a short 1 hour 20 minute flight from London the city is perfect for an adventurous get away. 

Due to the countries northern location it can see low average temperatures even during the summer months. With an average of 17 degrees during June and July we was lucky that we only experienced a 10 minute light shower during our trip. However apart from the cooler weather the city has lots to offer from danish pastries to pretty colourful canals.

Copenhagen is often the most well known city among the Scandinavian countries due to its Nyhavn canal which is lined with the most colourful buildings you have seen. With such grey weather the majority of the time the buildings brighten up the city!
Getting to Copenhagen . . .

From London a flight to Copenhagen is short haul. This means you are able to get regular flights with low budget airlines to match the dates you need. From as little as £15 each way you are on your way to exploring Copenhagen.

You can check out flights to Copenhagen: here

Once you have arrived in Copenhagen all you need to do is get into the city centre from the airport. The airport is not too far from the centre so whichever type of transport you decide on it shouldn't take too long. We went for the train due to how easy and cheap it was to use.

Train:: Located within the airport by terminal 3 the station is easy to find if you follow the signs. You can purchase your tickets from the information desk or from the machines next to the station. The machines accept cash and card (however some of the machines do not take bank notes).

Once you have your ticket you can head for the track. You will need track 2 for the city. The trains only go in one direction from this track towards Copenhagen central station. Running every 10 minutes you won't need to worry about rushing to the track.

The train only takes 13 minutes to get you into the centre of the city.

A 24 hour ticket into the city centre will cost you: 108 DKK (approximately £12.75) 

Bus:: The bus will take you to Copenhagen central station, city hall square and other stations. You will need bus 5A for these stops which will take 30-35 minutes to get you from the airport to central station. This runs every 10 minutes from the airport.

You can purchase tickets either at the ticket machines in terminal 3 or on the bus. The bus driver will only accept small coins though.

Your ticket can be used on the train, bus, metro and harbour bus. A 24 hour ticket would cost: 108 DKK (approximately £12.75)

Taxi:: You are able to get a taxi from either terminal 1 or terminal 3 which can get you to downtown Copenhagen in 20 minutes. You will find the taxis waiting outside each terminal.

A taxi will cost you approximately: 250-300 DKK (approximately £29.50-£35.50) for a single journey into the centre. 
Food and drink . . . 

Although Denmark are part of the EU and are located within Europe they do not use euros. They use their own currency of the Danish Krone. This therefor means you will have to pick up currency before your trip if you do not live in Denmark. 

Approximately £1 is 8 Danish Krone. 

The currency can seem slightly different to get used to. With such a big difference in the conversion values when purchasing anything in Denmark it can appear rather expensive. This also makes it tricky when you are deciding how much currency to buy. Hopefully this will help . . . 
Food is one of the daily essentials for your trip, therefore you need to know how much money you will need to budget for it. These prices are averages and can change depending on where you are eating and the season you are visiting in. 

Average prices you will expect to see: 
  • budget breakfast - 30 DKK
  • budget lunch - 50 DKK
  • budget dinner - 80 to 110 DKK
  • beer - 40 to 60 DKK
  • soft drinks - 20 DKK
You will find that buffet options can work out a lot more affordable and better value for money. We ate in a Chinese buffet which was 99 DDK for dinner. 

The Danish cuisine can be much more expensive due to Copenhagen being one of the most expensive city's in Europe. 
What to see and do . . . 

When exploring a new place the majority of our spending money goes towards sight seeing. The attractions are the main things that we want to see and experience after all.

To help you decide which attractions you will want to visit and how much each will cost we've found out the prices for you:

  • Tivoli gardens entry - 110 DKK
  • Tivoli gardens day ride pass -220 DKK
  • Tivoli single ride tickets - 25-75 DKK
  • Carlsberg museum - 85 DKK
  • Boat tour -80 DKK
  • Bike rental - 120 DKK 
Nyhavn . . . 

Photographed above Nyhavn is the canal lined with pretty colourful buildings. This is a completely free sight to see, unless you decide to stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner in one of the little cafes/restaurants. Nyhavn is the waterfront canal which is lined with all the colourful buildings. The building which have all now been renovated into restaurants were once homes to famous artists and authors. 

This has to be on your bucket list for an Instagram picture! 
Little mermaid sculpture . . . 

The little mermaid sculpture is a famous tourist attraction within Copenhagen. The bronze sculpture represents the fairy tale book little mermaid which was written by Hans Christian Andersen. The sculpture is positioned to represent the fairy tale which demonstrates how the little mermaid would swim to sit on the rock to catch a glimpse of her prince. Over 100 years old the sculpture still remains to welcome visitors to Copenhagen harbour. 

Located on a rock it is just a lunge from the promenade. You are able to step closer to the mermaid for photographs if you don't mind risking falling into the water. 

The statue is just a 15 minute walk from Nyhavn. However if you are going in colder months make sure you wrap up as it is an unsheltered walk along the water which can get rather cold. 
TIP:: Arrive early if you want to miss the crowds. The sculpture is a big tourist attraction. 

Boat tours . . . 

Think of Copenhagen like Amsterdam with lots of pretty canals. The city offers a wide variety of boat tours and boats to hire to explore the canals. This enables you to explore the city from the water. If you do not fancy finding your way around on a boat on your own or driving your own boat you can hop onto any of the boat tours. The city offers a variety of tours to suit what you are looking for - whether you want a big open top tour or a smaller group tour where you can talk to the captain. Each tour is different and aims to visit different attractions and sights. 

Canal tours grand tour of Copenhagen:: This is a large tour boat which guides in both English and Danish. Taking approximately an hour you are able to see such sights as - the opera house, Christianborg palace, the black diamond library and the little mermaid. The tour departs from two places - Nyhavn and Gammel strand. This tour is included in the Copenhagen card but only if you depart from Gammel strand. 

Show me Copenhagen:: This is a private sightseeing tour for either groups or study visits. The tour guide speaks many languages to suit your preference and can meet you where you wish to start your tour. You can find out more about a private tour: here

Nettobadene:: This is the blue open top netto boat. The tour takes place in English, Danish and German which enables anyone to take the tour at the same time. Starting from Holmens church you will be guided through borsgraven canal where you will see the old stock exchange. From here you will sail to Nyhavn where you can also jump onto the tour. Your boat will sail to the Holmen area where you will find four small islands which are home to the film school, drama school, the royal danish academy of fine arts architect school and many more buildings. Your tour will finish by entering the Christianshavn canal where you will see our saviours church with its famous twisted spire. This tour runs 10am-5pm everyday for 40 DKK per adult ticket. It is also free with the Copenhagen card. 
Have you ever been to Copenhagen? We would love to hear any recommendations you have for Copenhagen? 

Love Chloe and Megan

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