Monday, 19 October 2015

Barcelona Day 4

I'm so sorry for this post being so late. I had planned on doing this on Friday or Saturday but the weekend has been crazy and I haven't been feeling very well. So finally here is the last post of our weekend. Day 4. This day was all about football because we were going to the stadium Camp Nou. We really wanted to see a game of Barca but sadly October 17th they had to play in Camp Nou so we did a tour through it and didn't see a game..

This is the biggest stadium I’ve ever seen. And of course some Dutch football players were proudly shown there. Names like Koeman, Cruijff and De Boer. Funny to see those Dutch names there and how proud everyone is at them. It makes me proud too.  The stadium is very impressive and the information we got through our ‘telephone’ < the thing that talked when you typed in a number to get information about a cup or shoes or changing rooms.
Of course I had to sit down in the press seats and enjoyed the view over the whole stadium. We walked through it and at the end we wanted to buy shirts. Until we realised how much one football shirt costed and we walked away because we’re not going to pay more than €100,- for a football shirt. That a bit crazy we thought.

After visiting Camp Nou we all separated to do the last things we really wanted to do. Marijke, Tjerk and I went to a little Tapas bar and eat some tapas and to go to some shops and I spotted a Sephora. We don’t have a Sephora in Holland so I told Marijke & Tjerk that we had to go in so I could watch and maybe buy. But when we walked into the shop we first had to walk down a red carpet, then a staircase down and…. there was make-up heaven. This shop was so big. I’d never seen a Sephora so big. There was so much make-up I couldn’t choose and I was more interested in the expensive make-up I can never buy but still tried out testers for fun. We quickly walked away because I think that some prices are absurd and I just don’t have the money.

We had also spotted people with flower ice cream and we really wanted to get that too. So we searched for the ice cream shop and bought these cute flower ice creams. The ice cream was so good. I had chocolate ice cream and it literally melted on my tongue and the stracciatella flavour was also really good.
Then it was time to go back to the hotel and pick up our bags to go to the airport. We checked in, ate some food and then had to wait till we were boarding. Because it was dark I couldn’t take any photos during the flight because my body was reflecting in the window. But flying at night is also wonderful. The bright lighted places where cities and villages are look like lava on the ground because of the lighted streets that looks orange from above.
This weekend was amazing with the whole family and we had so much fun! I’ll never forget this!!

Xx Rianne

The other Barcelona Days:
Thursday, 15 October 2015

Barcelona Day 3

After an amazing night we woke up and had some breakfast again. We immediately went to the Sagrada Familia because we had a guided tour at the church. The moment we stepped out of the underground the church was towering above us. A beautiful and very impressive sight. Our guide told us that the front and another 10 towers needs to be built so I can’t even imagine how huge this church will be when it’s finally done. The ‘front’ we thought was the front wasn’t. The front isn’t built yet and they hope in 2026 the church will be finished because then it’ll be exactly 100 years after Gaudi’s death.
But what we saw and what the guide told us was very interesting. Really, if you visit that church you need to have a guide. If you just walk around you miss so much of the thoughts behind the light, the towers, the front, the back, the inside. I loved how much thoughts Gaudi had put in the church and how the people who are building always keep in mind what Gaudi had planned for this church.

After visiting the Sagrada Familia we went to park Güell. Again a beautiful park with lots of thoughts in it and of course the Gaudi banks. To sit on those banks you had to pay, but we didn’t felt like paying for a bank even though it is very special. The line also was crazy long and we didn’t want to stand in line so long. We were hungry so we went looking for some food. I bought a crepe and sadly didn’t photograph it. But this was the best Nutella crepe I’ve ever had. (So much Nutella!!!!)

The view from Park Güell

And after walking around and some shopping we went looking for a restaurant. While walking around a lot of people from the restaurant are trying to talk you into their restaurant. After declining some we went into a cute restaurant which also had tapas and other Spanish food but also pizza. Because I was craving pizza I choose a pizza with olives, ham, cheese and mushrooms. I was so full but when we could choose desserts I immediately fell in love with the little chocolate cake. So I also choose a chocolate cake with melted chocolate inside. While we were eating 2 man came in and played guitar and sang songs which added something special to the evening. This was already our last night in Barcelona. Times goes so fast when you’re having fun. Unbelievable.
Tomorrow the last day will be up.

Xx Rianne

The other Barcelona Days:
Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Barcelona Day 2

10-10-2015. That was the official day that my parents were celebrating their 25th anniversary. In the morning we had a lovely breakfast with croissants, toasts, chocolate milk, chocolate cupcakes and Jus d’orange. At least that was wat I ate every morning. There was a lot more choice but these were my favourites.

After we got dressed we went to explore the city and did some shopping. I bought a dress in H&M and KIKO had sale so happy me bought cheap nail polish, a mascara and a lip pen. I wanted to buy more but I had to think about the millilitres in hand luggage for the flight and I was scared that I had too much so I didn’t bought more. Then we sat in the sun and eat some nachos with guacamole and half of the day was already over. The weather was so nice by the way. It was like 23 degrees so we were all wearing shorts and it was actually weird because it’s October. ;) We also wanted to visit the beach but we had to walk a long way all around the bay. So we choose to go in a riksja. The man that was driving our riksja took an awesome photo with us when we took a selfie. It was a little bit too cold to swim so we just sat down and had a drink together near the beach.

Because we were going to eat very late we also went to a market with loads of food, candy, fruit and so much fish. And the smell at the fish part of the market was horrible and the crabs were alive and that’s just something we are not used to here in Holland. So my eyes were almost plopping out of my head but it seems very normal in Spain that fish is sold like that. So I’m sorry for everyone around there who saw my shocked face...

Around 9:30 PM we went to a restaurant and had the best tapas ever. It was delicious and although fish is not my favourite I still eat some fish and a little piece of octopus. It doesn’t taste bad, it’s just when you chew on it, it’s weird. So I did like the taste but the thought of octopus and how it felt when I chewed on it made it that I don’t think I’ll eat it again. But I could eat so much other things that I didn’t had to worry that I wouldn’t have enough that night. They also had vegetarian paella which was very good too. I ate also a lot of fruit and vegetables and a lot of paella. The desserts were also delicious. The macaron was perfect and I had little cakes and of course a chocolate cake and again some fruits. 

After eating tapas we went to the next room in the restaurant and there we watched the flamenco. I had never seen this dance before and must say I was very surprised about it but I really enjoyed the show. Sadly, but of course, everything was sung in Spanish so I didn’t understand the story they were singing and dancing. But it was good to see that they had put their soul in the dance and the music and this night was the most special night of the whole weekend. The restaurant was also very beautiful and the people were very nice. After the show we discussed it with each other and because it was far past midnight we all went to sleep. Getting ready for the next day!

It was really hard to get a good photo because their dance moves were so quick there is always a blurry arm or foot somewhere.

Xx Rianne

The other Barcelona Days:
Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Barcelona Day 1

This weekend we celebrated our parents’ 25th anniversary in Barcelona. We went with our whole family to Spain and stayed at a lovely Hotel in Barcelona near La Rambla a very, very busy street!!

Friday morning we were leaving our little village and drove to Schiphol Airport. It was my very first flight and I was really nervous. I had no idea what to expect and was excited and scared at the same time. I was sat next to the window and the moment the airplane took off it was so weird. The feeling in my stomach first made me feel sick but soon I was used to it and the whole 2 hours I’ve been watching non-stop out of the window. Watching the clouds from above and the beautiful landscape and mountains and the sea.

We arrived in the afternoon and walked to our hotel, put down our luggage and immediately went for a walk on La Rambla. I’ve been in busy streets but this street is nothing what I’ve ever seen. So many people in one street. It’s crazy. And all the time I had to be aware of pickpockets and I had to watch where I was going because of people selling things on the street. Really, if I lived there I would go crazy. But for holiday it is amazing. So many different people. I loved it. We also visited a beautiful church with a garden with goose and huge palm trees and the inside of the church was also amazing with a lot of golden statues and beautiful flowers.

In the evening we went to a restaurant called Nuria and I ate a burger. (I know, being in Spain and eating a burger and not tapas) But the burger was delicious. I was so hungry after the flight and walking down the streets that it really was a good choice. Also the dessert was yummy. The brownie was still warm and the vanilla ice cream on top melted and eating both at the same time is like an explosion of flavours and warmth and cold. 

The others (Sander, Jessica, Marijke, Tjerk and Inge) went to a little cocktail bar on the other side of the street of our hotel but I went to bed because I was so tired.
This was day one of this amazing weekend. Tomorrow day 2 will be up because I’ve got so much to tell that this cannot fit in 1 post. It's going to be 4 posts about the 4 days.

See you tomorrow!

Xx Rianne

The other Barcelona days:

Friday, 2 October 2015

Autumn Time

While I’m writing this it is 7:45 PM and it’s already so dark I had to put on my lamp to see things clear. It’s getting dark so soon and it’s also getting colder and colder. So yeah, time for autumn! I love every season but what I love about autumn is the leaves. They are colouring red, yellow and brown. And I also love chestnuts when they’ve just fallen from the trees. They’re so beautiful and shiny. Oh and the crispy leaves on the ground. Who doesn’t love to step on crispy leaves? I always do that. But when autumn comes it also means, new clothes! So I made a wish list with these lovely clothes from dresslink*<-- click the link!

This grey cosy sweater is what I need for winter. When it’s freezing outside and Christmas time. I would sit inside watching the snow fall with a hot chocolate in my hand. This is perfect for winter.

This cardigan is just it. Look at the marshmallow pink colour. And I love how the black line on the edge makes it little less my-little-pony-ish.. I think it look very comfortable. I can't decide if I would go for the apricot colour or the pink one. I love both them.

This shirt with nice collar I love because how the ends look like a peplum. I mean, look at it. Isn’t it cute? The collar, the shoulders and the back are white and I just love it. A normal black jeans with it and the outfit is simple but cute. I want!

I love stripes. I don’t know why. I love it more than dots. And I think this blouse will go so well with my pencil skirt. I can easily use a jacket over it and its autumn ready.

I love this dress. Especially because it has long sleeves. So good for autumn! Wearing some tights under it and the outfit is ready. I love that it has gold in it. But that it doesn’t shine like crazy.

I hope you enjoy Autumn just as much as I do.

Xx Rianne