I am a true traveler that is trapped in a 9-to-5 job. So when I get a chance, I hop on a Ryanair flight to nearby European countries. This time we managed to squeeze 3 nights in Barcelona with hubby and another couple of friends.

When you travel for a small period packing becomes even harder than a week-long vacation. You have to keep it to the “essentials”… That word got me wondering for a couple hours what I could possibly wear for 2.5 days, that can be comfortable enough for the flight and sightseeing while being stylish enough. My short-list had to include a dress, a t-shirt, a top and a seroual. I was supposed to take a pair of shorts as well but I forgot them home 🙁

Beauty packing was easier as I often keep samples of my favorite products or products I want to try. So I gathered some sunscreen, moisturizer, foundation, shampoo, conditionner, miscellar water, cotton pads and of course my favourite makeup.

We started Saturday with a long walk from our hotel to Sagrada Familia, where we had a huge breakie at Costa Coffee in front from the massive unfinished church designed by Gaudi, that famous architect that have created jewels here and there around the city.

Then we continued through Passeig de Gràcia, one of the major shopping areas of the city along the city’s most celebrated buildings (Casa Mia, Casa Lleó Morera, Casa Batlló…) towards Plaça de Catalunya, an infamous square where tourists are pouring from every side.

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We avoided the Ramblas as tourists were literally overflowing it by mid-day and went to El Raval quarter to grab a bite at La Boqueria, a huge and overpopulated market with all sort of stalls. We managed to find a relatively calm place to eat one of the most delicious paellas to date.

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With our full bellies, we walked happily, wandering in the narrow streets of El Gòthic until the luxurious marina and beach strip of Barceloneta…

As it was our second time in Barcelona, sightseeing was kept to that. The rest of the trip was spent shopping, watching a soccer game in a Spanish bar, wandering in Gothic streets and celebrating the Barça win in the Champion’s League Final.

You have been good to us España!

¡Hasta Luego!