Dreamy Trip to Barcelona and Valencia

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Mr. and I have returned from our trip to Spain, and we had a wonderful, lazy week traveling around Barcelona and Valencia. Here are a few pictures from our time away... Now if only we could find a way to incorporate the relaxed Spanish lifestyle into our nonstop New York schedules...

We landed in Barcelona on a weekday morning and decided to hit the shops right away... What better way to ward off the jetlag? We loved the Born and Raval regions, with funky boutiques and old world architecture.





After carefully studying some of the Barcelona entries in Haute World's wonderful report from Barcelona, I knew we had to pay a visit to Lobby (pictured above), a beautifully curated multi-label boutique with subtle avant-garde leanings, which happened to launch a sale the day we visited. I ran around like a mad woman, snatching up local designer goods at high street prices.

What I'm wearing: a raincoat from a local department store in Barcelona (it got chilly on our trip!), high street tank, Current Elliott denim shorts, Balenciaga bag and Lanvin flats

Espadrilles!

While the Mr. lounged around doing work on the terrace of our hotel, I visited La Manual Alpagatera, a popular tourist destination for espadrilles! I saw a woman carrying nearly 15 boxes out of the shop, and while I was floored by the relatively affordable prices (I purchased three pairs- pictured above- for around 40 euros total), I held back and chose carefully.

The contemporary art museum

What I'm wearing: an asymmetric dress from Kai-aakmann (you can buy from Oak here) which I was lucky to find on sale at Lobby!

We were in town for a friend's wedding, and they hosted a gorgeous welcome reception at the Picasso Museum, arranging for private tours of the collection. Here I am sipping a glass of cava... I normally try not to pose with a glass of alcohol, but this was the best picture I could find from the rather blurry evening ;)


The Mr. and I were both new to Barcelona, and we spent a lot of time stumbling around town, using our broken Spanish to navigate. But it was delightful exploring hidden pockets of the city, just getting lost, and discovering, every now and then, a hidden castle or cathedral, such as the one pictured above.

The Mr.

Hat shops galore-- I'm kicking myself for not buying an awesome hat...

Street art


I could go on and on about the food in Spain-- from the tapas to the scrumptious pastries... all for relatively affordable prices. We were lucky the euro was weak at the time of our trip...

Sangria!

La Pepica menu- famous for its paella

On the Valencia leg of our trip, we enjoyed seaside paella and a day at the beach...





On one of our last days, full from days of eating and drinking, we decided to stroll over to the City of Arts and Sciences, a futuristic looking compound of arts and science buildings (pictured above)... My husband got a kick out of it-- he felt like he was on the set of one of his favorite sci-fi movies.

Farewell, Barcelona and Valencia! Hasta la vista...

28 comments:

Lucia ♥ said...

Ohh sangria, paella, alpargatas (espadrilles) I miss spain so much! You look stunning! Did you try the "ensaimada mallorquina"? for me, that's the best part of going to Spain, eating one of those! Yum, mouthwatering!

xoxo!!

Annie Spandex said...

I used to be obsessed with espadrilles. Classics!
I love the Kai-aakmann dress.

My Passport to Style said...

Hi sweetie, I so want to visit Barcelona it looks like you had a fab time! I have still not had a authentic paella, despite having being to Spain, your lookied goood! Thanks for the share my stylish friend. Sharon xx

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Wicked Halo said...

even though I live so close to it I've been avoiding Barcelona like the plague...I'm sure I'd go head over heels about it and spend like mad crazy :DDD

Scientific Housewife said...

Looked like you had a wonderful time!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Great pics- looks like you had a nice time :) Love that anorak coat you got at a dept store over there...very chic!

alexkeller said...

looks amazing! and now you just have to go back - to get that hat :)

InnyVinny said...

Tapas...tell me you had tapas!!!

Love the photos, D. It sounds like a wonderful trip.

Luzhilda said...

and madrid? when?

Susan said...

it looks like so much fun & you looked amazing in your dress!
xoxo

Jillian said...

looks like a wonderful trip and all that delicious food too! wish i was there to share the experience!

Eyeliah said...

Thanks for sharing pieces of your trip, glad it was a lovely time.

nicole said...

Looks like you and the Mr. had a lovely time in Barcelona (yes, I'm still jealous even though you're back in NY). I love the espadrilles that you bought! They'll be great, lightweight (and hopefully comfortable) shoes for the summer. I love how you used "it got chilly out" to buy that beautiful raincoat haha. and the pastries look so good, as I'm sure the food was as well. glad to hear you had a wonderful time! it's good to have you back though xo

Vyque said...

sooo jealous! you look amazing!

DailyDivaDish said...

It looks like you and the Mr. had an amazing time. And you look gorgeous!
XO Piper

Monique said...

Barcelona is one of my favorite places!!! I miss it so much! Cant wait to go back! Great pics!!

Kristin said...

Ahhhhhh, so jealous. What amazing photos D!

p.s. Our blog has moved! We would love for you to visit us at our new site: http://www.bonbonrosegirls.com/
Unfortunately, if you followed us with Google Friend Connect you'll have to re-follow but everything else is the same! Hugs, K

Luana said...

I'm from Spain and I love seeing people enjoy their trips here! But I agree with Luzhilda, when will you visit Madrid? ;)

A Stylized Hysteria said...

The City of Arts and Sciences is amazing. I mean, like breathtaking! And I'm gaga over your coat. It's funny, a friend of mine just got back from visiting Barcelona and she took pictures of every single meal she ate- she said the food was incredible!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

The food, the clothing, the drinks - lovely!

Denise @ Swelle said...

Dreamy indeed! Thanks for the peek into your glorious week. You look good in Spain. xx

Jesspgh said...

I love your outfits in this post! I really wish I had a big trip on the horizon. Your photos make me long to travel but I can't until after my wedding in October.

MizzJ said...

Every time I see photos of someone's trip to Barcelona, I renew my vow to go back. It's such an amazingly beautiful city and the food - oh my! I cannot believe you got 3 pairs of shoes for 40 euros, that is amazing!

The Owl's Closet said...

omgosh, what an amazing trip! lucky u!:) thanks for sharing ur pics w/us!

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Deka said...

barcelona is one of my favorite cities in the world - it's fabulous!

Chessa! said...

aaaahhh...Espana! I love Barcelona so much. How fabulous that you attended a wedding at the Picasso museum! that's one of my favorite places there. Your friends really know how to marry...first Thailand and now Spain! love it!

Marga Flores said...

Some tips to travel to Barcelona:



Hire a car only if you are going to spend several days there, so you can visit also the surroundings and places like Montserrat, Port Aventura, Costa Brava, etc.



Be careful with pickpockets in metro and city center.



If you are going to travel with your family rent a centric apartment (here they have holiday apartments in barcelona city center and they give out a free pocket guide, which is always useful).

If you are going with friends it's a good idea too, but then you may want to look for something cheaper (here they have cheap accommodation in barcelona, from 19 € per night or so).



And enjoy!

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