Barcelona Cathedral, Santa Caterina Market, Montjuic Castle – Barcelona, Spain | June 2014

Barcelona Cathedral.

Free Entry.

* Nearest Metro station : Metro Yellow Line (L4) Jaume I.

For more information here.


Santa Caterina Market.
This is just beside the Barcelona Cathedral! How convenient!

* Nearest Metro station : Metro Yellow Line (L4) Jaume I.

Operation Hours :
Monday – 7.30am to 2pm.
Tuesday, Wenesday & Saturday – 7.30am to 3.30pm.
Thursday & Friday – 7.30am to 8.30pm.

Funicular –> Cable Car –> Montjuic Castle

* Nearest Metro station : Metro Green Line (L4), Parallel. Then take the Funicular up to the cable car station, you can either walk uphill from the cable car station (about 10-15mins walk) or take the cable car up to Montjuic Castle for €11.50 (two way).

Prices :
€5  – General Admission 

Operation Hours :
1st October to 31st March: Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
1st April to 30th September: Monday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm.

For more information here.


OH I LOVE TAPAS~!!! ♥ Tapas is one of the MUST TRY local food in Spain!! It was my first time having this and I fell in love! Especially having it with a jug of Sangria, PERRRFECT~!!


It all comes in small portions and so it allows you to try MORE of their varieties! Awwesome~~!


I had Sangria every single day when I was in Barcelona! I miss it so much now~!


Appetizers…


Cod Fish…..


….And PAELLA~!! Love this too! ♥

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Next up : Paris!

Park Guell, Familia Sagrada, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila – Barcelona, Spain| June 2014

How can you not visit the creations of Gaudi when you’re in Barcelona?! The beautiful tiles in Park Guell, the never ending project of the Familia Sagrada Church and the edgeless building have always been in my bucket list and in my dream. It used to only appears in tv programs but now not anymore…. it became part of my memories! 

First stop, Park Guell.
During in the summer is the high season and so I highly recommend to buy the tickets online in advance to prevent wasting your time from joining the long queues at the ticket office(this applies to any other famous attractions in Europe.). And some of the attraction tickets are cheaper online too!  =)

* Nearest Metro station : Metro Green line (L3), Vallcarca or Lesseps stations

Prices :
(Online/Ticket offices)
€ 7 / € 8  –  General ticket
€ 0 / € 0  –  Children from 0 to 6 years
€ 4.90 / € 5.60  –  Children from 7 to 12 years
€ 4.90 / € 5.60  –  Over 65 years
€ 4.90 / € 5.60  –  Disabled person + accompanying person

Operation hours : 
Low season
from January 1st to March 28:
08.30 to 18.15 (last entry time at 17.30)
from October 25 to December 31:
08.30 to 18.15 (last entry time at 17.30)

High season
from May 4 to September 6:
08.00 to 21.30 (last entry time at 21.00)

Mid season
from March 29 to May 3rd:
08.00 to 20.00 (last entry time at 19.30)
from September 7 to October 24:
08.00 to 20.00 (last entry time at 19.30)

For more information here.


The Gaudi House Museum.

Prices :
(Online/Ticket offices)
€ 5.50  –  General ticket
€ 0 –  Children from 0 to 10 years
€ 4.50  –  Children from 11 to 17 years
€ 4.50  –  Retired
€0  –  Disabled person

Operation hours :
October-March: from 10 am to 6 pm
April-September: from 9 am to 8 pm
December 25 & 26 and January 1 & 6: from 10 am to 2 pm

For more information here.

Sagrada Familia! What a dream come true~ 
Just shut up and enjoy this piece of art.

* Nearest Metro station : Metro Purple line L2 and Blue line L5, Sagrada Familia.

Prices :
€19.50  –  Admission with a guide/audio
€15  –  Admission only
€4.50  –  Admission to the towers

Opening hours :
November to February,
9 am to 6 pm

March,
9 am to 7 pm

April to September,
9 am to 8 pm

October,
9 am to 7 pm

December 25, 26, January 1 and 6,
9 am to 2 pm

For more information here.


View from one of the towers.

Casa Batllo.
So beauuuuuuuuutiful~~

* Nearest Metro station : Metro Purple line L2, Green line L3 and Yellow line L4, Passeig de Gràcia.

Prices (online) :
€21.50  –  Adults
€18.50  –  Students/juniors(7-18)
Free  –  Children(-7)
€15  –  Residents
€18.50  –  Seniors(+65)

Opening hours :
Monday to Sunday
from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm. (Last entrance 8.00 pm)

For more information here.



Casa Mila, La Pedrara.
The building was under maintenance during my visit, I couldn’t take a good picture of the whole building so here’s a miniature model version of the building!

* Nearest Metro station : Metro Green line L3 and L.Blue line L5, Estació Diagonal.

Prices (day) :
€20.50  –  Adults
€16.50  –  Students
€10.25  –  Children(7-12)
Free  –  Children(-6)
€16.50  –  Disabled
(AUDIO GUIDE INCLUDED)
*Discount of 1,00 € per general admission (valid only for online tickets).

Prices (day &  night) :
€37.50  –  Adults
€18.75  –  Children(7-12)
(AUDIO GUIDE INCLUDED)

Opening hours :
27 February to 2 November:
Monday to Sunday, from 9am to 8.30pm (last admission: 8pm)

3 November to 24 December:
Monday to Sunday, from 9 to 6.30pm (last admission: 6pm)

26 December to 3 January: 
Monday to Sunday, from 9 to 8.30pm (last admission: 8pm)

4 January to 26 February:
Monday to Sunday, from 9 to 6.30pm (last admission: 6pm)

*Estimate duration of the visit: 1h/1h 30min.

Closed: December 25th, and from 11 to 17 January 2016.
Special: 1 January 2016, from 11am to 8.30pm (last access 8pm)

For more information here.

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Next up : Barcelona Cathedral, Santa Caterina and Montjuïc Castle in Barcelona.

Factory Outlet, Port Vell and La Boqueria Market – Barcelona, Spain| June’14

First thing on our itinerary was to go outlet shopping~~! There are a few shopping outlet in Barcelona. La Roca Village Outlet has more bigger brands like Loewe, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Burberry…etc.  and if you’re looking for more local brands like Zara, Bershka, Mango….etc., you can visit Heron City. We traveled to La Roca Village by taking the Sagales Shopping Bus as this was one of the easier and cheaper way to get there. The bus tickets to the outlet village can be bought at these places here or buy it online from the website here.

Went for stroll down the Port Vell area after our shopping and settled our dinner at a Tapas Restaurant! Really love all the tapas served in Tapa Tapa that we visited the restaurant a few times at different locations! They have branches in 4 different locations in Barcelona and 1 in Madrid, you can check it out here.

* Nearest Metro station to Port Vell and Barceloneta Beach : L3-Drassanes / L4-Barceloneta. 

As we stroll down from the Port Vell to the Columbus statue with the beautiful sunset….

On the 2nd day after our breakfast at a cafe near our place, we visited the La Boqueria Market for MORE FOOD~~!

Well, it’s a food market so we had our lunch there at Pinotxo Bar. It’s a famous Tapas Bar in this market and I would say it’s definitely worth trying! They’re open Monday to Saturday from 6am-4pm.

* Nearest Metro : L3-Liceu
* Operation hours : Monday to Saturday, from 8am to 8.30pm. (Best to visit in the morning or before 2pm)

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Alright, more information about my Barcelona trip on my next post~! =)

My 2nd trip to Europe on a budget. | June 2014

This time I spent less than S$1.9K on Air tickets (including domestic flights) and accommodations. S$2K on traveling, food, souvenirs and shopping (excluding my “bags shopping” of course). So according to my budget and my annual leaves, I planned a 14 days trip to Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels with 1 of my travel buddy. So yeah… it’s quite a short trip. Accommodation wise, I set each of us a budget of S$800 to find an entire apartment to ourselves throughout the trip. It’s only the two of us (ladies) travelling so we wanted firstly; safety and comfort, secondly; good location! There are a lot more cheaper accommodations out there if you are on an even tighter budget! So here you go….

Air tickets –
Qantas return tickets (operate by Emirates) : S$913.20 / pax with 30kg check-in baggage
Arrive in : Barcelona
Depart : Amsterdam
– It’s an open-jaw ticket (if you have no idea what this is, it means a round-trip ticket where you arrive into and depart from a different city.) I arrived in Barcelona and returned from Amsterdam. So I don’t have to travel backwards or make a big round trip back to Barcelona just to take my flight back. Save time and save money. And very lucky of us, we manage to travel on Emirates A380 for ALL our flights!! ^^

Ryanair : S$79.20 / pax with 15kg check-in baggage
One-way : Barcelona – Paris
– For Ryanair or any other budget airlines in Europe, they are very VERY strict on our hand carry baggage. Especially Ryanair. So if you are planning to travel light without any check-in baggage, make sure your bag is within their cabin size (you’ll have to fit your bag into the baggage frame) and weight. Or else, they will bring a credit card machine straight to you right before you board the plane. Saw this happened on other passengers.

Air France : S$106.40 / pax with 20kg check-in baggage
One-way : Paris – Amsterdam

Total Air tickets : S$1,098.80 

Accommodations –
Barcelona 4 nights (airbnb) : S$225 / person
– Located in front of the Catedral de Barcelona and 5 mins walk to Urquinaona subway station.

Paris 4 nights (airbnb) : S$197.95 / person
– 5-10 mins walk to Champs Elysees & Charles de Gaulle Etoile Metro.

Amsterdam 5 nights (airbnb) : S$327.30 / person
– Located in Albert Cuyp Market. (means LOTS of street foooood!) 6 mins walk to tram stop, 10 mins to center area by tram and 16 mins to Central train station by tram.

Total Accommodations : S$750.25
Airtix + Accommodations : S$1,849.05

So basically, Amsterdam’s accommodations are a little more expensive. Nonetheless, I am glad to be able to keep within the budget and that means I don’t have to cut down on my expenses~!! =)

Due to time constraint, we travelled from Amsterdam to Brussels for a one day trip only. We took the train early in the morning from Amsterdam Central Station to Brussels Central Station and back in the late evening. The journey took about 2.5hrs per trip and the tickets cost €50.40 per person. In future, if I have more time in my hand, I will definitely explore other parts of Belgium!

Here are some pictures of the places that I have visited..~


Our apartment in Barcelona.
(room pictures are all taken by phone, pardon the low quality)


Our studio apartment in Paris. A tiny and cosy apartment. Very clean and in a very good location! Would love to stay here again if I ever come back to Paris!


View of the Arc de Triomphe from our apartment! =)

I would not be showing the Amsterdam’s apartment because I wouldn’t recommend that apartment. The apartment was not clean and there was a stale smell and a smelly toilet. Well, this is the cons of renting other people’s apartment/home. There is a risk to take and not everyday is Sunday. However, the location is pretty good. Street foods and cafes are right in front of the apartment!

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Alright, the end for now. Will post more pictures on each places soon~!