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{take me away № 19 | barcelona, spain}

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The second largest city in Spain, Barcelona has a history that dates back long, long ago—2000 years ago, in fact, with a spellbinding vibe of light, passion, culture and character.

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Here, somehow, the heavenly Mediterranean sunlight is seemingly more delicious when set against beguiling architecture, narrow alleyways, expansive waters, and in the gleam of each and every Barcelonian's eye.

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Indeed, this seaside city calls visitors from near and far to walk alongside the works of great visionaries, of natural wonders, breathtaking points, and countless sights; to live as locals do, and to breath in the beautiful story of such an indescribably fascinating city . . .




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Our eyes would, without a doubt, memorize the signature curvatures of Gaudi's architecture, with visits to Casa Milà, particularly in the evening, when one can look up from the base of the atrium to the night's clear blue sky.

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And indeed, in the summery breeze, with ice cream in hand, we might visit Poble Espanyol -- a small Spanish village -- and take a stroll through the different quarters that replicate the style of houses and architecture from different parts of Spain, and perhaps, purchase an item or two, handcrafted, of course.

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Perhaps we would enjoy a day in the water, and walk along the beach, followed by an evening at the theatre . . .

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. . . or make our way down Barcelona's most famous Street, Las Ramblas, and head to the Picassa Museum [amongst many to visit].

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And after a beautiful day, with memories of the festival, maybe a market or two, and delicious cuisine, we might stand out on the balcony, back in the comfort of our suite, with a glass of wine, and gaze at the city, remembering fondly, the sights, tastes, and sounds of Barcelona . . .

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where-to-stay


01 | El Palace

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A stunning, award-winning, five-star hotel of pure luxury and elegance, that has been completely refurbished and opened once again in late 2009, El Palace is set in the heart of the city centre, close to Las Ramblas and in the most prestigious shopping area; it is surrounded by stunning architecture, boulevards, theatres and much more.


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The 125-room hotel includes suites overlooking the Gran Via, sumptuous furnishings, L'Occitane toiletries in the bath, and even a lovely fireplace dating back to the early 1900s. From the curtained entryway to extra special service and unique spa, no detail has gone amiss. And with a firm belief that luxury is in the details, El Palace proves to be one of the most flawless and authentic experiences in Barcelona.




02 | Hotel Praktik Rambla

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A wonderfully contemporary and fresh boutique hotel, with just 37 rooms,
Praktik Rambla is perfect for those who appreciate design and authentic local architecture. Rated the 3rd best hotel in all of Barcelona in 2010, Hotel Praktik Rambla is located in the Eixample district, in the heart of the city and amidst many exciting attractions. With its decadent hundred year-old ceilings and floors, combined with clean lines, and bits of refreshing green decor, the combination is no less than perfect.

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Guests may also enjoy the hotel's spacious library, which contains architectural sketches, drawings and original buildings, including the historic palace that is Hotel Praktik Rambla. You may also enjoy the lovely and fragrant terrace, complimentary wi-fi and camera, and many more features, Praktik Rambla is a surprisingly well-priced hotel that is sure to welcome, inspire and delight.

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03 | La Garriga de Castelladral

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Located just an hour outside of Barcelona, La Garriga de Castelladral is the perfect escape for those who wish to visit the city, but prefer a quiet and charming accommodation, outside of the hustle & bustle. This country retreat seems much further away from the city than one hour, and provides perfect tranquility and relaxation. This amazing, eight-room medieval stone building dates back to the 15th century and was built with natural materials and fabrics, creating a truly unique and tailored experience. The hotel has also been commended for its sustainability.

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above: at La Garriga de Castelladral, October 2008

When staying, guests can enjoy the terrace, outdoor dining areas, tranquil pool, gourmet cooking with organic ingredients [many of which have been grown in their own garden], tour the beehives and the wine cellar, and more; an accommodation so captivating, you may never want to leave . . .



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where-to-eat

01 | Blanc Restaurant and Lounge

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Located in the Mandrin Hotel [another much talked about, central accommodation] one can linger in over-sized mamasan chairs, enjoying a cup of coffee from fine German porcelain, and take in the wondrous interior design as well as the glass ceiling and hanging garden above. Soft colored, intimate seating welcomes guests, and refreshing white ornate carved panels encompass the restaurant [above], giving it a light and bright ambiance. As for their menu, "Mediterranean cuisine and fresh produce are the cornerstones of Chef Jean Luc’s vision for our contemporary, all-day-dining brasserie." Delectable plates such as Steak Tartare, Iranian Caviar and much more are a few of the exquisite items on the menu. And in the evenings, the ambiance shifts entirely, to allow the moonlight to make its way into the dining area, with soft candlelight and music . . .




02 | Arola

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A chic restaurant that is situated on the second floor of Barcelona's Hotel Arts, right on the beach, Arola has two Michelin stars and one of the world's greatest chefs; the restaurant features both authentic and lovely Catalan cuisine. Chef Sergi Arola creates a sophisticated array of tapas made for sharing and tasting, and Mediterranean dishes that mix innovative and traditional ingredients. The Arola's décor is a wonderful intermingling wamr leather and glittering glass, mixed with vibrant splashes of green and purple, and live DJs each evening.


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Opened in 1986, El Racó d'en Cesc is situated right in the heart of the city. With an intimate and cozy atmosphere of lovely neutrals, stone, and red, this fine and award-winning dining experience [with private rooms available] is truly one not to miss. Guests can enjoy modern Catalan cuisine, with subtle touches of innovation, and wonderful service that is sure to please even the most particular. Additionally, there is an exclusive wine cellar with over 350 fine wines and beer, carefully selected from all around the world.





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classic trench coat // oscar de la renta lace & linen dress // chloé to go // by terry lip balm // jill stuart shoes // anita ko star 14-karat gold diamond necklace // 3.1 phillip lim pashli satchel //porselli ballerinas




Lastly, a few additional links you might also enjoy : stop in at El Changuito for some one-of-a-kind finds & Julie Sohn for a unique boutique experience | try incredible chocolates or macarons at Santa Eulalia's café | pick up a pair or two of pretty ballerinas | & a fun little guide for language basics

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{p.s.} also : the cherry blossom girl's guide to barcelona



p r e v i o u s l y :

* take me away № 01 | perfectly packed
* take me away № 02 | luggage to last a lifetime
* take me away № 03 | tips for buying luggage
* take me away № 04 | vintage & antique luggage
* take me away № 05 | the travel file
* take me away № 06 | an equestrian escape
* take me away № 07 | la maison du chocolat
* take me away № 08 | holiday etiquette
* take me away № 09 | st. petersburg, russia
* take me away № 10 | holiday etiquette, part two
* take me away № 11 | travel by train
* take me away № 12 | venice, italy
* take me away № 13 | a wintry escape
* take me away № 14 | the magic of winter gardens
* take me away № 15 | bora bora

* take me away № 16 | valentine's inspiration for a romantic getaway
* take me away № 17 | the most beautiful rose gardens around the world
* take me away № 18 | a glamorous guide to champagne


[images: one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight // nine // ten // eleven // twelve // thirteen // fourteen // fifteen // sixteen // seventeen // eighteen // nineteen // twenty // twenty-one // twenty-two // twenty-three // twenty-four]

27 | notes :

sécia [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I have completely fallen in love with your take me aways. Completely.

♥ sécia
www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

canvasofculture [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

these posts are so incredibly detailed and gorgeous! great job:) would absolutely love to visit the places you recommended one day

http://canvasofculture.blogspot.com/

Laura [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

How I long to go back to barcelona!

Ana Degenaar [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

This brings back beautiful memories. Le Sigh.

amanda [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Wow the etching on the walls in the first photo... talk about beautiful & inspiring. xx

Rachel Marlena Stevens [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Now I want to go to Barcelona! I love the bicycle photograph and of course those gorgeous wall etchings.

April [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

thank you! I had a mini vacation this morning looking at these beautiful photos!

Leanne Black [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Ahh I just stumbled across your blog and love it! I've been wanting to go to Spain for awhile now, especially Barcelona to see a game, but these photos have upped my desire to go even more! Keep up the great work!

Stephanie Niko [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I would highly recommend visiting Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia:::

http://burnsidewriters.com/2008/12/02/church-hopping-la-sagrada-familia/

Abigail. [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Gorgeous photos, I just got back from Barcelona after a weekend break. I so wish I had had more time to explore :( Will definitely be back (especially when sagrada familia is finished!)

classiq [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

It is a beautiful city. I visited Barcelona 4 years ago and a week was too short a period of time to take in all the beauties that the city has to offer. Gaudi's architecture is impressive, the food excellent, the shopping too and a visit to Picasso Museum is a must indeed. Thank you for bringing back lovely memories, Sarah.
Ada

SomeKindOfStyle [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

yes, please take me on your fashionable and lovely journey .. adore the soft pink colors! x

Devon [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

If I could fly in an airplane with that amount of luxury, just once, I think I would maxed out on the finer things. One day!

Alpha Blonde [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I LOVE these posts...& that El Palace recommendation is stunning, so over the top and baroque! *swoon*

Neda [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Thank you for introducing Praktik Rambla-- such a gorgeous gem that I've added to my list of must see hotels in the next couple of years. Just stunning. xx

Bostonista [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I've always wanted to go to Barcelona and this made me feel like I was there now!

xo

asch [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Your take me away posts are the best! It's great to have a few minutes of dream time to escape the whirlwind of emails and meetings and business of work…

normalityandme [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I'm not sure there is anywhere more beautiful than Barcelona. I've been twice but not for at least 6 years, your lovely post has made me realise it might be time to go back.

Emily x

A Casa da Vá [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Oh I loved Barcelona just so much... such an incredible place, the architecture, the energy, the history, the friendly people, the beaches... oh can't wait to go back and luckily stay at one of those fabulous hotels and eat at one of those restaurants! I went there like 5 years and I was so broke I barely ate and I stayed at a cool hostel - but so worth it!

xoxo
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Ronja [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I love your wonderful photos! They are amazing!
Ronja

Stacee at Darling Kichaa [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I am visiting family right now and shared your post with aunts and cousins. They are in love! We have decided to all get away together and Barcelona may just have to be it!

design elements [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

i love Barcelona. i was there twice but i m sure I'll visit it again. happy Monday

Maria

robyn [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

beautiful post, sarah!

we loved the ohla gastrobar and alkimia restaurant...
http://www.robyn-thompson.com/2011/11/16/barcelona-espana/

xx.

All Glam Things [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

This is INCREDIBLE!! I just moved to Barcelona and there are few places that you mentioned that I haven't seen yet!!! Truly incredible city, truly Breathtaking Post!)

XO,
Yelena

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Laura Casey Interiors [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

What an amazing and inspiring city guide for Barcelona!!!!
Thank you,
Laura

ECLECchic por María Martínez [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I'm happy you liked this wonderful city...The Hotel Praktik Rambla is really beautiful. thanks for sharing with us your notes. Xxxx

Erin Kate [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Oh, thank you so much for your reply! I am studying abroad in Barcelona next semester & I am absorbing every blog post I can find about it! (Not to mention that your blog is one of my very favorites!)

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