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Barcelona Beach Strolling

It’s time for another addition to my Barcelona visitor’s guide! This one is focused on life at the beach…keeping in mind that we were there in winter, so it was less about sunbathing and more about catching nice views from the shelter of a restaurant. But with views this nice, who cares if you need a sweater?

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An excellent way to start your beach day is actually from the mountains. Or Montjuic, to be exact. I’m not talking visiting the tourist attractions on the northeastern side of Barcelona’s most prominent peak but the gardens to the south at the Hotel Miramar.

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They are accessible either by car or by walking uphill about a quarter of a mile from the Plaça de les Drassane. Your reward for your efforts? Not only this amazing view–

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–but this fantastic clifftop bar!

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Once you’ve soaked all that exquisiteness in, it’s time to keep moving. Or be moved, rather, by skyward cable car!

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Right outside the restaurant, get a one-way ticket to Platja de Sant Sebastia and get in line for our journey down to the beach.

Farewell, Hotel Miramar!

Farewell, Hotel Miramar!

Hello, Platja de Sant Sebastia!

Hello, Platja de Sant Sebastia!

Once you disembark, walk toward the water about a block and just keep walking. You’ll figure out what you’re headed toward pretty fast:

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That’s the absolutely gorgeous W Barcelona hotel, and if you’re a photography enthusiast like me, you’ll want to capture it in as many different lights and cloud formations as you can.

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Make sure you head around to the far side of the hotel as well, because there’s a scenic skateboarding plaza to also take in.

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Whew. You’ve likely grown hungry enough for lunch, haven’t you? How about whiling away the lunchtime hour at one of the several appealing restaurants located right below the W Barcelona? I guarantee the views will be worth it.

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And so will the langostinos and a bottle of bubbly.

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Photography credit to my husband for this one.

Photography credit to my husband for this one.

Let that sea air relax and refresh you before you set your sights on the other side of the water.

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Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia

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I don’t often let my photos speak entirely for themselves on this blog, but other than for a few tourist tips, I’m going to let them do just that. Why? Because I can’t describe how beautiful it was to spend the day at La Sagrada Familia, the masterpiece basilica of Antonin Gaudi’s design that is still under construction today. If you are visiting Barcelona, you simply have to set aside a day for exploring it. Plan it into your agendas now. I’ll wait.

So here are the basics:

Location: In the Example, 401 Carrer de Mallorca. Buy tickets on the Passion side and enter on the Nativity side.

Tour Prices: Varies depending on if you want a guide or not and if you want to visit the towers or not. We did not get a guide, but we did do the towers, which was 19.50 Euros. WORTH IT. Do the towers unless you are not physically able to climb stairs, go through narrow passages, or get afraid of heights. Note: The price is for only one of the two sets of towers, and it’s the luck of the draw which you get. Both have great views, though, and the experience is supposedly similar in each.

Time: We spent around four hours at la Sagrada Familia, which gave us time for the towers, the museum beneath the church’s main floor, and exploring the inside and outside at our leisure. But neither of us stops and ponders for long, so you may need more. Plus, if you want to see the colors change, stick around for a while.

Wait Time: You can buy tickets online and save yourself the wait for tickets at the church itself. We didn’t, however, and it only took about 20 minutes to get in—but the line was only wrapped around one street corner. I believe it gets a lot worse in summer. We were there in December.

Decorum: This is an operational church. Quiet reverence is the best way to behave on your visit there.

And now, enjoy my favorite photos from La Sagrada Familia.

The interior:

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For more pictures of the interior, click here.

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The General Hospital Fan Club Weekend – 2014, Available now!

Another photography credit for me, another chance for the unabashed soap opera lovers among us to pick up a nifty photobook! Once again, Katrina Rasbold, my fearless leader at All My Writers for the last, oh, almost decade, has released a Yearbook of this year’s General Hospital Fan Club Weekend. She writes the reports; I take the photos.

This 180-page book is jam-packed with full-color photos of General Hospital‘s past and present-day stars from 4 days of events. There’s plenty of behind-the-scenes gossip to boot. What’ll you learn about in the Yearbook? As Katrina writes,

New couples, new babies, famous spouses, Hollywood royalty, a bit of a smack-down from Executive Producer, Frank Valentini, a “Blast From the Past” actor with some very unconventional claims and advice to fans, two Rabbis, plenty of selfies, a double-helping of Michael Corinthos, a male heart-throb who broke all of our hearts on screen, a current GH couple who ditched us, graphic novels straight from ComiCon, impossible schedules, careers made and broken, dogs and cats living together… this year had it all! 

Our print copies of last year’s yearbook sold out as soon as the doors to the main cast event opened, so you know these are beautiful keepsakes for the GH fans among us. Both full-color and black and white paperback versions are available from Amazon.

Color:                      Black and White:
         

I couldn’t leave you without sharing my favorite photos from the event, could I? I was so delighted to see Scott Clifton at the Past Cast Event. Him and Michael Sutton appearing made my weekend.

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I hope you enjoy the 2014 Yearbook!

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