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Barcelona photos travel guide

Barcelona. December 2019. Last trip for 2019. 

Barcelona photos

Barcelona photos travel guide
Barcelona
 

There is this well known song from Fredie Mercury that goes like this: It was the first time that we met, Barcelona, how can I forget, the moment that you stepped into the room, you took my breath away. 

That was not exactly what I felt with Barcelona though. Yes, I did like the city, but it didn’t take my breath away. What I found breathtaking, or rather mind-blowing, was the warm temperature during December. Think of that: one day, I left the hotel without taking my jacket with me. Coming from a cold city, that is mind-blowing! 

We spent 5 nights in Barcelona. I personally didn’t want to go for less. It’s a big city, there are so many things to see. I wanted to enjoy it, not to run from one historical momument to another. But we had to spend the first two days in the hotel, as I explained in another blog post. To find out why we spent the first two days in the hotel, go check the blog post. With that being said, we actually had 3 days to explore. 

 

Here is a list of places that you may want to include in your own Barcelona guide plan

Park Güel, MUHBA – Turó de la Rovira, Picasso museum, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, terraza del Hotel Colon, Arc De Triomf, Barcelona cathedral, Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, mural del beso, Plaça Reial, Mercat de la boqueria

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3 things I enjoyed most in Barcelona

1.The boating lake at Park de la ciutadella (Ciutadella Park) 
2.This cute italian restaurant called Meneghina 
3.The 30 minutes tuk tuk ride that took us from the old historical centre, through the seaside neighborhood of La Barceloneta, to our hotel. 

On a more personal note…The older I get, the more I realize how important privacy and exclusivity are to me. So much so, that in general I don’t like visiting crowded places. When it comes to traveling, I prefer to visit places during off season. To be more precise and to avoid misunderstandings, I don’t have anything against crowded places. What I don’t like is having to take photos in crowded places. And that was Park Güell for me. A beautiful place, but when it comes to photography, it was pain in the ass haha. I enjoyed more a cute cafe that we found accidentally than overwcrodwed Sagrada familia. Of course, Sagrada familia was on our plan to visit too. But I tend to appreciate more authentic Barcelona moments, rathen than running after all the historical monuments and struggle to photograph them : )

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Ibiza

Ibiza

An invitation by Samsung Austria to attend the „Golden Hour“ Photography Masterclass brought me to Ibiza, a place I’ve never visited before, at the beginning of July. The Photography Masterclass was directed by Uli Weber, a German photographer best known for his celebrity portraits. 

Ibiza is, as we all know, a place related to night life and parties that last all night long. But we were not there for that reason. The goal of the workshop was to shoot the sunset with the Samsung Galaxy S9 plus phone and test the phone camera in low light conditions. July could not have gotten off to a better start…

 

On Monday night, I arrived quite late on the island. After traveling all day with a layover in Rome, there was not much left to do than go to bed immediately. My first impressions of the island at that moment were my huge, colourful hotel room and a fancy swimming pool visible from my balcony. All were hints to how much fun the next day would be. 

Ibiza

The next day, right after breakfast, we went on a jeep safari tour together with the Samsung Switzerland team. Mariano and Niko, our guides and drivers, made sure to show us around the non-touristy parts of Ibiza. We mostly drove around the west coast. We saw the island from above and swam in the turquoise waters of Cala Tarida beach. Later on, we headed back to the hotel for lunch, before we arrived at the Cotton Fitness Club for the Masterclass. 

Ibiza

The second day I had a free day to spend on my own, and I decided to use it by heading to Ibiza Old town. Initially I went for a little shopping because it was too hot to walk around. Later on, I walked up to the castle to enjoy a panoramic view of the city, and then down through the little streets in the old town. 

Ibiza

Unfortunately, I don’t have Ibiza tips to share with you, as I was there for just three nights (2 full days). The only thing I would recommend is to avoid the area of Sant Antoni, if you are not that into partying. I am sure Ibiza offers more than that alone.

It was a short yet nice stay in Ibiza. Many thanks to Samsung Austria for one more amazing trip. We love making #withgalaxy thousands of unforgettable moments around the world together.

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