Author: Jessica (Barcelona Blonde)

Wine & Painting Comes to Barcelona

Recently, an invitation popped into my inbox I couldn’t resist – a night of painting and wine in a brand-new place that had opened up: ArteBar Barcelona. I’d been curious about wine and painting classes, but hadn’t had the chance to try one for myself. So, off I headed for an evening of painting one of Barcelona’s most iconic sights: the Sagrada Familia. If you’re not familiar with the idea of wine and painting nights, it’s an event where you learn how do a painting while enjoying some wine (or beer) as you learn. Though it’s popular stateside, it was...

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Finding Barcelona’s Best Food With Wanderbeak

“Come hungry :)” said the text I got on in the morning from Marwa, one of the founders of Wanderbeak food tours. I’d been invited along to try out the tour, and I was definitely looking forward to it. Even after living here for five years, each time I take a tour I learn something new about Barcelona. Still, I was surprised at how much I learned on the wonderful Savor Spain tour – and how enjoyable it was! It kicked off in the late afternoon on the Ramblas, and I showed up quite hungry, as requested; I actually...

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8 Reasons You Should Definitely Visit La Pedrera

There are plenty of great things to see in Barcelona – but there aren’t many that are as spectacular as La Pedrera, officially called Casa Milà. This gorgeous building is one of the two houses famous architect Antoni Gaudí designed on the grand Passeig de Gràcia. Though there are plenty of pretty buildings on the street, this one stands out immediately. But though you can get a wonderful view from street level, there are plenty of things that you can only  enjoy by going inside the building. Here are 8 reasons why you should visit La Pedrera! Real people lived...

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Is Barcelona Overrated?

“Barcelona,” Don Quixote exclaimed, is a “fountain of courtesy, shelter of strangers, hospice to the poor, land of the valiant, avenger of the offended, reciprocator of firm friendship, a city unique in its location and beauty.” – Miguel de Cervantes, 1605 In other words, people have been raving about Barcelona and how incredible it is for centuries now. It’s consistently ranked as one of the best places in the world to visit. And I’m not going to lie – I think it’s pretty fabulous! But. Over the past few years, things have changed a bit in Barcelona. In just...

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Learning to Love Downtown L.A. (Well, Almost)

L.A. is perhaps the most frustrating city I’ve ever been to. A permanent snarl of traffic in an endless sprawl of a city, with many areas that are ugly and others that are flat-out dangerous, Los Angeles isn’t exactly the easiest city to get to grips with. But there is one place I feel like I get a bit better these days – and that’s Downtown L.A. While by no means have I gotten to grips with the City of Angels, Downtown is now on my list of places I almost always stop by when I visit home, and...

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I'm Jessica, a travel writer and translator from England who grew up in California and now lives in Barcelona. Come read all about my aventuras in Spain and beyond!

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