4 days in Barcelona

 

When: October 18th - October 22nd
Where: Barcelona, Spain
Stayed: Andante Hotel (A beautiful 3 star hotel with an amazing rooftop infinity pool. It was an easy 30 mins cab ride from Barcelona International Airport 'BCN'.) 
Instagram: #haninbarca2017  

Jon and I had been looking forward to visiting Barcelona since last spring. Jon has family ties in Barca and all my friends have told me I'd absolutely love it for years. While we had a wonderful time, truth be told, I didn't have a visceral connection to the city like I have others. It may have been due to the up and down weather, which kept us almost completely inside on day 2 (and made us miss our helicopter tour) or the political climate at the time, which we're told is the cause of all the graffiti. But even so, there are just some cities that touch your heart and others that don't.

I thought I would love Park Guell, but because of the construction, the weather and the amount of tourists, I found it very underwhelming. On the other hand, I thought La Sagrada Familia would be overrated, but found it to be one of the most beautiful churches I've ever seen. Likewise with Casa Battlo. I underestimated how beautiful it would be inside! I was also so plesanstly surprised with how kind and happy everyone was, even with the current political climate. Keep scrolling to see our entire itinerary. 

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Casa Battlo

Casa Battlo

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Park Guell

Park Guell

Itinerary 

Day 1 

  • Overnight flight into Barcelona. Arrived at 8am.
  • Explored the Las Ramblas neighborhood. 10 mins walk from hotel.
  • Had lunch inside the Mercado de La Boquiera
  • Explored the El Gotic neighborhood


Day 2

  • Took a walking, boat and helicopter tour via Get Your Guide. Our helicopter tour was canceled due to weather.
  • Snacks at El Tropico. If you go, ask for Kat! She is wonderful. 


Day 3

  • Park Guell tour at 9:00am
  • Basilica of the Sagrada Familia tour at 11:15am. We paid extra for the 'Nativity Tower Top Views' tour, which was totally worth it.
  • Explored El Born neighborhood. This was Jon and my favorite neighborhood in the city!
  • Picasso Museum, which Jon loved.
     

Day 4

  • Breakfast at the beautiful Cotton Hotel 
  • Casa Battlo 'Be the first one's there' tour at 8:30am. I highly recommend getting up early for this. You have so much more space to walk around and explore. When we were leaving, it was SO crowded.
  • Lunch at El National. This place is seriously interior design goals. 
  • Bogatell Beach. I wish we spent more time here. It was so so so beautiful and lively. 
     

Day 5

  • Breakfast and an early flight home to the US
 

The heart of summer

 

When: August 26 - 27th, 2017
Where: Newburyport, MA

Jon and I love taking day or weekend trips to little towns outside Boston. A few weekends ago we went to Newburyport, MA, a little sea-side town about an hour north from the city. Even though I could never see myself leaving downtown (Beacon Hill to be exact), I was so impressed by how much there was to do and of course, I absolutely loved the beach. 

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Yummy scents at Pipe and Chloe in Newburyport, MA

Yummy scents at Pipe and Chloe in Newburyport, MA

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My favorite part of Newburyport is how close the beach is.

My favorite part of Newburyport is how close the beach is.

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A part of the 12 mile beach line on Plum Island

A part of the 12 mile beach line on Plum Island

Haley's Ice Cream

Haley's Ice Cream

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A sweet Saturday in Provincetown, MA

 

When: Saturday, August 4th, 2017
Where: Pronvincetown, Cape Cod, MA
Instagram: #hanatthecape

Last weekend Jon and I took a day trip to Provincetown which sits at the very tip of Cape Cod. For anyone who wants to get out of the city for a day or is visiting Boston for an extended period of time, this little excursion is so fun. The Boston Harbor Cruise Provincetown Fast Ferry is ~$80 round trip per person and only takes 90 minutes each way. If you're lucky you might see some whales in the Boston Harbor on your way there. If you want to explore the beaches (which you should), you can also bring your bike for $16 or rent when you get there. 

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The Canteen - everyone said we had to go here and it did not disappoint!

The Canteen - everyone said we had to go here and it did not disappoint!

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These little bird houses are too cute!

These little bird houses are too cute!

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Renting a tandem bike was the best/worst idea ever

Renting a tandem bike was the best/worst idea ever

Racepoint Beach

Racepoint Beach

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Neither of us had been to Provincetown before last weekend and quickly discovered the hype is real. It's such a wonderful little New England spot with all the quintessential Cape Cod architecture and decor. It's warm and welcoming atmosphere doesn't go unnoticed - perfect for just about anyone from bachelorette parties, to families, to couples and is well known for it's awesome gay culture. Right when we got off the ferry we were greeted by a local farmers market where we picked up peaches (not pictured - my questionable peach cobbler). The highlight of the trip was tandem biking to Racepoint Beach where we laid out for hours enjoying the perfect weather and softest warm sand.

Hope you all are having a great start to your August.

A girl's best friend

 

When: July 23rd, 2017
Where: Charlestown, MA

A couple weekends ago, Jon and I went to Buffalo, NY to spend time with his family and I absolutely loved capturing those sweet moments. Last weekend my Boston bestie, Chris, and I took a stroll in her new neighborhood of Charlestown, MA. Wherever she goes, her pup Sherlock (I call him Sherlie) goes too, so we couldn't resist doing a little mom+pup photoshoot while exploring her new hood. Afterwards we had brunch with all the friends at Brewers Fork, which I highly recommend! 

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That's a wrap! Jon and I are taking the ferry from Boston to Provincetown this weekend. We're also bringing our bikes, so make sure to follow my insta stories if you want to tag along. Neither of us have been before - it should be a good ol' time.