Saturday, 25 July 2015

Park Guell - Barcelona

I'm back! This time with pictures of my trip to Park Guell whilst I was in Barcelona. It really is amazing and I would have loved to have spent more time wandering around and exploring but as it was a last minute decision to go, we made the poor choice to go in July when it was boiling hot. This meant that most of our time was spent dashing between the shade of each tree and fanning our selves with anything remotely fannable. 

The park, designed by Gaudi, is full of colourful mosaics and I came away from Barcelona (and particularly Park Guell) with a new found love for mosaics. I might start smashing up some old pool tiles and have a go myself!

We had a pretty hefty walk up some steep streets to get to the park from the metro stop... that part I didn't enjoy so much. Exercise is not for holidays. 

Of course, I've included the obligatory lunch shot because  I enjoyed the food out there so much.. I'm heading out this Tuesday for tapas with my friend that I went to Barcelona with, we're total addicts to tapas, can't get enough of it! Get.In.My.Belly.

Till next time... 

Shel x
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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Sagrada Familia

Hey Guys,

I'm sorry it's been so long since I last wrote. Life has been busy! I was doing a play and stressing about learning my lines for it and somehow three months of rehearsals and the show, plus a broken laptop have gone by and then I was off on a mini holiday... then here I am.

So recently I had a short break in Barcelona (my first time) and I loved it. It's a really amazing city and looks especially beautiful at night time. I thought I would share some pictures from my trip with you, starting with Sagrada Familia. My hotel was around a ten minute walk from the church which has been under construction for the last 130 odd years so it was one of the first things I saw (and could see it from our hotel rooftop, which I imagine you can in most places because that church is BIG).

Anyways, I've thrown in a few food pictures too because, lets face it, it's what I spent 90% of my time doing while I was there. Tapas makes me very happy! My friend and I have a game called Tapas Roulette... we have no idea what it actually says on the menu but just order a load and hope for the best. We played it a few times and didn't end up with anything more 'out there' than whole baby squids (had to close my eyes to eat it).

Oh man... makes me hungry again just looking at it all! Take me baaaack! 

Shel x
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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Zoo Day

It was a while ago now that I went to Fuerteventura (March, you seem like a distant memory) and I already want another holiday desperately. I was looking through my pictures to reminisce and came across a load from our day trip to the Oasis Park Zoo in Fuerteventura. 

I love a good zoo day. On the one hand I feel terrible that these amazing animals are in captivity instead of out in the wild where they should be, but on the other hand, a lot of these animals have already been taken from their natural habitat for various reasons. At least in a (good) zoo they are well cared for, fed and often they're able to breed rare species too. On the whole, I would rather see the animals in a zoo than I would wiped out by forresters or poachers in the wild.

The Oasis Park Zoo in Fuerteventura offer the chance to sign up for extra experiences, so I was able to do a camel safari and head to feeding time with the lemurs. I've never done either of these things, so already the day was off to a great start. The lemur experience was my absolute favourite, the lemurs are so inquisitive and they also had two of the most adorable babies I've ever seen, holding on tight to their mum's bellies. See if you can spot them in the pics!

I spy a baby lemur!

The other thing that I really liked about this zoo, was that is felt as though they'd made a real effort to recreate the environment that each animal would inhabit in the wild. From lush forest greenery to dry sandy lanscapes with palm trees, it was all there!

Check out the smile on this cutey!
This guy was eager to get in the shot!

Till next time, Shel x

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

To Lanzarote for a Day #2

So last time I left you, I was being driven away from the Volcano through miles and miles of volcanic rock. After we left the area, we were taken to an Aloe Vera factory where they explained more about the uses of Aloe Vera and did a few demonstrations, including slicing it up and eating the inside - yuck! 

Can't say I was all that keen to start chowing down on raw Aloe Vera but I was intrigued to know that you can ingest it, as I would only ever have thought to use it on skin. I forgot to take any pictures from this stop on the trip because I was busy rubbing gooey Aloe Vera into my skin and perusing the shop.

Next on the list was a visit to a vineyard where we got to sample some wine (far too sweet for my liking) and stopped for lunch.

 After that we went on to discover a black sand beach and directly opposite, a vibrantly green pond, which gets it's colour for algae and is connected somewhere underneath to the sea. We had a walk across the cliff top to see the green pond and once again, it was pretty darn windy! The sun had come out at this point though and it was a gorgeous afternoon, sigh.

It was time to head back to the harbour and hop onto our boat which would take us back to Fuerteventura, via another 45 minute crossing *groan*.

Thankfully for me, the sea seemed a lot calmer and I also chose a different seat more in the centre of the boat. No idea if that's meant to help with sea sickness but I certainly didn't feel bad on the way back. It also helped that the sun was shining down on us and I was able to enjoy the leisurely sail back, basking in the warm rays and watching all the kite surfers. Not bad, not bad at all.

Until next time...

Shel x

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