Oct 12, 2015


As promised (or threatened? I don’t really know anymore), here are a few pictures from my visit to Barcelona. I managed to go to a couple of bookish places, though not quite as many as I’d hoped; still, I’d like to extend an enormous thank you to Masanobu, who generously took the time to send me invaluable bookish travel tips.

This was my first time in Barcelona, which is kind of incredible if you consider that I grew up and spent most of my life in the next country over. I couldn’t have asked for a better first visit, though. The weather was perfect; I was in a great mood for the whole of my time there; I saw some amazing buildings, parks, libraries and museums; I had good food; and to top it all up I went to an extraordinary gig. Edinburgh remains the city of my heart (I did briefly wonder if Barcelona would give it a run for its money, but not quite), but I fell hard for Barcelona. I look forward to visiting again some day, though it’s difficult to imagine a happier time than this.
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Barceloneta on my first evening in the city.

...and the first of many meals involving Spanish tortilla.

Obligatory shot of Casa Batlló.

...and Casa Milà. I didn’t go into either due to time and budget constraints (one day!), but they were lovely from the outside.

The Barri Gòtic.

Courtyard of the building that houses some of the Archives of the Aragon Crown, one of the largest collections of medieval documents in Europe.

Barcelona Cathedral.

More Barri Gòtic.

Courtyard of the Picasso Museum.

Park Güell.

La Boqueria market.

...where the fresh fruit and juices were amazing.

One of the high points of my visit: the beautiful Biblioteca Nacional de Catalunya.

I also loved La Central bookshop in El Raval, which is in an old church building. In addition to being beautiful, it has an amazing stock selection — especially the comics and children’s books.

ALL the Olivia books!

La Rambla.

La Sagrada Família.

...which is absolutely stunning on the inside. I actually debated whether or not to go in when planning my trip; I’m so so glad I decided to in the end.

The Palau de la Música Catalana.

Parc del Fòrum.

Thanks for bearing with me; I’ll do Madrid soon and then it’s back to books as usual (promise, promise).


  1. I've started following a Barcelona Instagram-mer lately and it's definitely moved up on the list of places I want to visit one day. There is just so much variety there -- even just in this one post you captured more than one could imagine exists in a single city!

    1. Yes, absolutely! So much variety - it caters to every taste. And of course the architecture is stunning. I'm not on IG, but if I ever cave and join I'll have to ask you for that link.

  2. Is that a statue of two gay kissing in the Sagrada Familia? O_o

    1. I think it's meant to be Jesus and John, but it's also undeniably erotic and lovely!

  3. Oh, that's gorgeous! I remain hugely envious of your trip -- and also of Europeans generally for having the ability to go to so many places so (relatively) easily. One of these days I will get to Spain though, for sure. I have kin there who will put me up and show me where to go, and now I have you to rely on for tips as well. :)

    1. It is indeed a wonderful ability, and last month drove home that I need to take advantage of it more. You should definitely go to Spain, and stop in the UK along the way :P

  4. I have always wanted to visit Barcelona. Your photos were food for my soul. Thank you lots!!

  5. So glad you enjoyed your visit to Spain!

    1. Thank you again for the awesome and super useful tips :D

  6. Wow! What a gorgeous city! For some reason I especially like the photo of the street with all the laundry hanging from the balconies.

  7. La Sagrada Família is so gorgeous. I adore cathedrals, especially when it's so bright outside and the stained glass just illuminates as if from within.


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