BARCELONA | Rooftops and Romance

Sunday, 13 September 2015

I have been to Barcelona twice now - both within the space of 7 months of eachother, and I definitely haven't been for the last time. Not only is it perfect weather wise, but it has everything you could want, all in one place. We stayed in Barceloneta, which gave us easy access to the beach, the city, and also nightlife...all walkable (except when in heels). 
We spent our days exploring Barcelona, broken up with afternoon naps on the beach, and it can't be disputed that we ate and drank like kings. Terraza La Isabela was so perfect and gave me another memorable rooftop experience when I saw a shooting star as the sun was setting over the city. They also provide you with blankets, and for someone who is as "nesh" as me, this was crucial.

We used Air bnb to organise our stay in the apartment - which was perfect and our host was lovely. The whole apartment was clean and modern, and we even had our own private terrace where we would sit and sip red wine before getting ready for our evening out. In terms of bars, Ocana has to be one of my favourites. This is located in Placa Reial, and has its own underground bar complete with fairy lights, cocktails and its own photo booth. We went from an underground bar (hiding from the torrential rain - but we will overlook that detail) to the Eclipse skybar at the top of the W Hotel...opposite ends of the spectrum! The atmosphere in the sky bar was great, and gave us a completely different ocean view of Barcelona.

If I could recommend one thing to do whilst in Barcelona, it would be to get yourself to Surf House and order some nanchos. You will not regret it. 

Dining recommendations:
Los Caracoles
Surf House
W Hotel

Morocco | Beldi Country Club

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Beldi Country Club was a recommendation that was given to us by our host at the Riad. We were unsure at first as we were only there for a short stay - we didn't want to waste a whole day in one place when we could be exploring. It turns out listening to our host was the right thing to do. Beldi Country club was set away from the Red City and out towards the mountains, meaning it was secluded with incredible views. The club had everything, ranging from swimming pools to great halls and even a spa, all set within spectacular grounds. We were welcomed by staff who could not help enough, ensuring that we had everything we needed whilst we were there. The club also had a hotel attached, so for some lucky guests this place was their base.

We were there for the best part of the day, and spent our time exploring the grounds followed by a four course meal. It really did feel like a fairytale and it was definitely unlike anywhere I have ever been before. The great halls that are no doubt used for functions and entertaining, reminded me of a Moroccan Hogwarts...just like magic.

If you are heading to Marrakech, I would definitely recommend checking it out:

Morocco | by Rooftop

Saturday, 12 September 2015

In my opinion, there is no better way to watch a sunset than from a rooftop bar. I think it is the atmosphere of being up high and away from the main street noise - it provides a sense of stillness as the world carries on below.

I didn't really expect Marrakech to have as many rooftop terraces as it did, and in all honesty I think we averaged around two a day. It was in Morocco that I had one of my favourite rooftop moments. It was the first night and we went to a restaurant called "Nomad". We practically had our own dining area on the rooftop that was set apart and overlooked the souks. It was at that moment when a huge thunderstorm hit, and purple lightning bolts struck across the skies. I feel that is an experience I probably wont have again - but it really was incredible.

My rooftop recommendations:-
La Sultana
El Fenn
Riad Snan13

Riad Snan13 | Morocco

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Whilst we were in Morocco, we stayed in the most perfect little Riad tucked away in the heart of the Medina. As we were only there for three nights, we wanted to make sure we chose a tranquil place hidden from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. There is definitely only one word that sums up this Riad..."heaven".

The heat, at its peak, reached around forty degrees, which meant that the pool was perfect for cooling down in the afternoon. We had our own private patio where we had afternoon snacks and planned our evenings out in the city. The best part of the Riad had to be the roof terrace, which gave us an incredible view out over the Medina. We spent a large proportion of our time in the Riad on the rooftop, drinking mint tea and watching the world go by.

Time to plan the next adventure.

Thigh High | Daytime

Sunday, 11 January 2015

I cant believe it is the end of another weekend already. How does 9pm on a Sunday evening come round so soon?? I have had a relatively busy week - so sleeping until midday on Saturday morning was probably the biggest achievement of my weekend - followed by a great night back in Birmingham last night! 

Thigh high boots have been an obsession of mine for a long time, and I normally just stick to wearing them on a night out, but this weekend I was inspired and so decided that it is now always appropriate to wear them. The weather has been extremely temperamental recently and I think I must have experienced winds of around 120mph whilst taking these photos...ideal hat wearing weather, as you can imagine. I am also starting to think it may be time to invest in a camera that is a little more advanced than my iphone 5s. I hope everyone has had lovely weekends, I am now going to spend my evening scouring my Pinterest to find life inspiring quotes,  as this always seems to ease a hangover. Oh and also set my alarm for tomorrow. Zzzzzzz...

Coat Zara
Dress Matalan
Leggings/Hat Zara
Boots Faith
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