Iv been to Barcelona a couple of times previously, but despite being desperate to have never quite found the time to visit Montserrat! Well, this time we did!
A Lovely but steep and windy train drive away from Barcelona, Its set way up in the mountains giving it a real fairytale vibe (I think you know by now how I love a fairytale vibe)
The beautiful architecture built in and around the mountain are incredibly intricate and beautifully constructed and in vast contract to the rugged edges for the mountain.
Despite getting there early, it was still super busy with tourists, however Its really quite something to see. And you should see it, because pictures don't do the scale justice. It seems like a place that fairy's and giants should live.
The history of Montserrat is fascinating and I was told started in 880 when a small group of shepherd children saw a bright light descending from the sky in the Montserrat mountains! translated, it means saw mountain after its jagged edges.
The views alone are epic. And than there is the monastery- Santa Maria de Montserrat. It is still home to around 70 monks today!
Have you ever been to Montserrat?
So it seems that el hombre and I have started a new tradition with an annual date weekend to Barcelona. Its quite a nice little tradition. After all, its just an hours flight away and is one of the most beautiful city's in Europe
Its the perfect city for a date weekend as we know it so well now, we really feel like we can muse through the weekend and enjoy time together without having to make sure we "see" everything like you do with a new city. There is something so luxurious knowing you can cherry pick your favourite bits. Plus, in my opinion you never really know a city until you've been a few times. Its only after the second or third trip that you start to discover the little gems.
We stay at Soho House, something that has become another tradition for us (we have just booked for the third year in row). Repeating hotels is not something that we do that frequently as I love discovering new places but Soho House, Barcelona is so perfect for a fun and effortless stay in the city that no other hotel has managed to turn our head.
Dress is from Zara, but now sold out so I found some alternatives and added them below.
When every detail is perfect, why look for anything else? I wrote in more detail here from last years trip
After all, where else can you get the prefect English breakfast and pancakes delivered to your room? You can take the girl out of Britain...
When you're looking to explore the rest of the world, you've got to get into your head that you will experience more other cultures and ways of life. While in the Caribbean, there is a very relaxed pace of life, when you head to more urban areas, you've got to make peace with the fact that they won't be much in the way of scuba diving, or even a very leisurely approach! Somewhere like London is a place that we all have to visit, but if you're not keen on the speed of life there, you could go to London for the abundance of tourist attractions, shows, and culture, but, possibly most importantly, the food! What is there for you to sample?
The Traditional British Delicacy
We can't mention Britain in any way without talking about fish and chips. An absolutely traditional part of the British way of life, fish and chips is comforting, sumptuous, and is a great meal to have if you're on the go. If you're used to your mother's chicken, rice, and pea, you should view fish and chips as the comfort food equivalent in Britain. But it doesn't stop there; you could go for the traditional afternoon tea in one of the many teahouses, as well as sample the Sunday roast that's on offer in, pretty much, every pub! Put simply, it's a meat like pork, chicken, beef or lamb, with piles of vegetables and gravy, a meat juice that goes with pretty much everything, including chips!
The British love their curries! And in London, you are spoilt for choice, but it's worth checking out Mr. Todiwala’s Kitchen, an Indian restaurant in Canary Wharf that provides a diverse range of Indian meals to suit every taste. From paneer, a traditional Indian cheese, to chicken, and any meat you want goes well with a spicy curry. You can't turn a corner in Britain without running into an Indian restaurant of sorts. And, to further complicate things, the word “curry” is actually Indian for “gravy!” But don't confuse it with the aforementioned gravy that you have with Sunday lunch!
A Taste Of Home
And if you're looking for a taste of the Caribbean, in London, there are so many traditional Caribbean restaurants, and even the more popular names in the UK, like Turtle Bay, provides that authentic Caribbean approach to cooking. 30 years ago, you wouldn't have been able to find many Caribbean restaurants, but now they are pretty much everywhere. If you head to Brixton, you can find so many quaint little Caribbean places, as well as larger restaurants that will serve traditional chicken, rice and peas, as well as jerk variations on your favorite meat.
We could go on all day about the types of foods you can get in London, but if you want to try something new, fish and chips is the perfect place to start, but if you are looking to keep it a bit closer to home, there's always something around to cater for all tastes. That's the great thing about food in London, it has everything for everyone!
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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