26 Oct Barcelona: L’Eixample
One of the distinctive element in L’Eixample is the most beautiful sidewalk along Paseo de Gràcia – covered with hexagon paving stones designed by Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí was not only an architect, he’s also the interior designer, decorator, furniture designer and landscape architect. The decorative tiles were supposed to be paved around Casa Batlló. The delivery was delayed and they were paved around Casa Milà at the end. By 2002, the city of Barcelona decided to pave the whole strip of Paseo de Gràcia with these mosaic tiles.
Our hotel is slightly off the main strip so we got to walk through a couple blocks around the neighbourhood. There were many cute little shops and restaurants around that we often stopped by and spent a good half an hour in each shop.
I’m not referring to the big brand names like Loewe, Zara, Mango etc…. but the boutique and antique shops along the side streets.
Vinçon – concept store with huge selection of home decor and furnishings and there’s a gallery and terrace on the 2nd level as well. We easily spent almost 2 hours in this store.
Terrace overlooking the back of Casa Milà from Vinçon
The one I LOVE the most is Jaime Beriestain. Check out this concept store with some most beautiful cookbooks, stylish stationery and cookwares. The next door is also a florist and cool bar/cafe!
I’ll let you discover more surprises in this area, yes! go beyond Zara home and check out the smaller shops tucked around the corner!
Speaking of our hotel in Barcelona – H10 Art Gallery, our stay was beyond fantastic!!! Really it’s so much a good deal for 120€/night.
Chilling out by the rooftop pool, manicured garden and courtyard! I wasn’t thinking I would be blogging (or have a blog) at that moment, so I didn’t take good pictures of the hotel, but do check out their photo gallery on the website.
The double room was European standard (which means tiny) but the bathroom was huge, super clean and sleek. I keep saying to Will that no wonder why I like the shower so much, because it’s the same one we have at home. Now I have moved away from my previous home for 5 months, you wouldn’t believe how much I miss my rain shower!!!! And wait it also came with a nespresso machine, not just that, everyday the mini fridge was filled with 2 bottles of mineral water + coca cola for you to take free of charge. It’s grand open for a month when we stayed there, so everything was brand new and spotless. 120€/night, 10€/breakfast per person