If you haven't watched the movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona I advise you stop reading, find a good streaming site and do so now.
Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Woody Allen are one hell of a combination. The sound track is really good too. The way this film presents the city is so inviting - balmy nights, red wine and Spanish guitar in court yards covered by vines and fairy lights.
At the beginning of summer, my man and I were trying to decide where to go for a city break and after watching this film for the 100th time we decided it's time to take our asses to Barca (please see previous post for pie chart)
Like most Mediterranean cities the buildings and streets still have an old world glamour that has deteriorated over centuries. The buildings that remain have seen the rise and fall of empires and dictators, and have been through the evolution of the country from fascism to the European Union to Brexit (yuck).
We were only there for 2 or 3 days and I wasn't feeling the OTT vibes of the W hotel and CDLC and all that bullshit.
We just slept till late, explored the city in the sunshine all day, watched the entire season 1 of Stranger Things and ate and drank nuff. Perfect.
Among the crumbling beauty are the tell-tale signs of modern life. Graffiti of a poke-ball in a play ground, flashing signs for night clubs and pharmacies. The usual stuff.
Top: Urban Outfitters
Denim Cut Offs: One Teaspoon 'Bandits'
Lace Top: Zara
Denim Cut Offs: Custom Vintage Levi's
It wouldn't have been a trip to Spain without plenty of Paella. So tasty! The Spanish serve this dish in a platter or in the pan it was cooked in. Sometimes still sizzling. You drizzle the lemon all over the rice and chicken.
My favourite Aperol Spritz with tapas on the beach.
Playsuit: Cochianna's Store in New Kingston Business Centre, Jamaica
Handbag: Patrizia Pepe