Poppy Collated

A compilation of intrigue and beauty

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San Sebastian, You’re Amazing!

After four nights in Barcelona, we made our way to San Sebastian. We didn’t know a lot about the area before getting there, however, it came highly recommended by friends and through research we’d undertaken.

We arrived late, had a quick (but yummy) meal at the hotel restaurant and retired for the night. In this restaurant we had a very brief chat with a lovely Australian lady, who was also dining there, about the interesting complimentary soup shot we were given. ‘You drink it’ she said. ‘I’m still learning too’. On my flight home 3 weeks later, I was sitting in the same row as her! How coincidental!

The next morning we went for a walk to see the area and what a delight it was!

San Sebastian is a very special place. Something about it made us feel very at home and we fell in love with this seaside town.

Our favourite part? Once again, The food! The tapas in the old town of San Sebastian are AMAZING.

The people were so friendly and strolling through the streets discovering new little shops was so much fun. This is the sort of place that you can truly relax. Eating is exciting as each bar seemed to have different tapas for us to indulge in! Eat a couple then move on to the next!

Our hotel, Barceló Costa Vasca, was close enough for us to walk into town so no around town transport was required.

San Sebastian really was a favourite destination on our holiday, a very relaxed town with friendly locals and wonderful culinary delights!

Where are your favourite holiday destinations?

Beautiful San Sebastian

Beautiful San Sebastian

Amazing San Sebastian!

Amazing San Sebastian!

Tapas!

Tapas!

Take me back!

Take me back!

Delicious tapas!

Delicious tapas!

Sweet little cafes and tapas bars

Sweet little cafes and tapas bars

I want to go back!

Take me back!

A wonderful holiday destination

A wonderful holiday destination

All photos by Carly Smith

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A day trip to Montserrat

On our last full day in Barcelona we decided to quickly do some internet research on the best day tours in the area.

Montserrat was highly recommended and we were super lucky to score a spot on a tour leaving that morning!

We hadn’t heard of it prior to that morning so didn’t really know what to expect.

Montserrat was absolutely beautiful. A monastery in the mountains, about an hour out of Barcelona, it is reasonably cheap and easy to get to. We took a bus up the windy hill to discover this popular tourist destination/spiritual haven tucked away, waiting for the first visitors of the day. The views were absolutely spectacular. AND you can even stay there overnight!

This Benedictine Monk retreat also features the stunning sounds of the famous boys choir in the basilica at 1:00pm most days. We were thrilled to be able to sit down and listen.

Montserrat was a wonderful addition to our time in Barcelona. I’m glad we did some research that morning and decided to take a day trip to somewhere a little different! I’d highly recommend a visit!

I’d love to hear about unexpected places you’ve visited!

The amazing views from Montserrat

The amazing views from Montserrat

Picturesque Montserrat

Picturesque Montserrat

A very spiritual place

A very spiritual place

Montserrat

Montserrat

Imagine the view from your window!

Imagine the view from your window!

Such a wonderful place to visit

Such a wonderful place to visit

Adding a candle to the hundreds already lit

Adding a candle to the hundreds already lit

All photos by Carly Smith

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La Sagrada Familia, Not to be Missed!

On our first day in Barcelona, when wandering around the city, we got our first look at Antoni Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia.

It was such an amazing monument, towering above, demanding attention from the whole city. It was such a beautiful day that there were HUNDREDS of people around, many lining up to get inside. We decided that we should go back early the next day to avoid such a huge crowd.

We purchased tickets online and made our way back the following day. The crowds were still there, but not quite as bad. All to be expected at an amazing place like this! Unfortunately, we were unable to venture into the tower that day, it was closed, but we were very happy to view the open sections of the building.

The light that came through the stunning stained glass windows was simply amazing. The ceilings were so high, it made the area feel very majestic and grand. Yes, there were many people around, but it was so remarkable that it didn’t matter. You were in your own little world. The sculptural work involved in the entire design is extraordinary.

I feel truly inspired by this building and the creative mind of Antoni Gaudi.

What, or who, inspires you?

La Sagrada Familia - plus the crowds!

La Sagrada Familia

Always in progress

Always in progress

Stunning light

Stunning light

The detail!

The detail!

Symbols everywhere

Symbols everywhere

Sculptural facade

Sculptural facade

Inspiring architecture

Inspiring architecture

All photos by Carly Smith