A Blonde In Barcelona.

Barcelona is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and after being fortunate enough to visit it last week, I can most definitely agree with that statement! Best known for being the home to Gaudí’s incredible creations, Barcelona is an architectural enthusiasts dream and definitely worthy of the term aesthetically pleasing!

Personally, if I’m lucky enough to be able to visit a new City or Country, I like to make the most of each day and see as much as I possibly can. I think it’s safe to say I am the definition of a sight seeing lover of all things tourist related. Europe is probably my favourite place to visit and explore, so discovering Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter was an absolute dream!

The first day of my visit was spent seeing the beautiful city itself and what is the best way to do that? A Sight Seeing Tour Bus! I honestly think this is such a wonderful invention and whoever came up with this idea – thank you. This is a great way to discover all the wonders of any place you’re visiting and learning which are the best spots to experience. Plus, as I was only there for four nights, it was wonderful to be able to see places I sadly wouldn’t have the time to visit, such as the incredible Park Güell. A week has gone by and I’m still upset that I missed out on visiting this masterpiece! After familiarizing ourselves with the wonders that Barcelona has to offer, we stopped for some lunch in Barcelona’s Hard Rock Cafe, a restaurant truly like no other!

Continuing my adventures in Barcelona, Saturday was spent visiting without doubt, the main attraction and one of the most famous buildings on Earth; La Sagrada Familia. Gaudí’s most famous work began development in 1882 and encase you’re not aware, (I wasn’t..) is still being built! Funnily enough, as soon as I spotted the towers through the trees, I noticed the construction scaffolding and thought to myself, “Great, the one time I get to see one of the most amazing buildings on earth, it’s being renovated.” Little did I know construction is not going to be complete until 2026 – one hundred years after Gaudí’s passing.

Just being able to view this masterpiece in reality was without doubt an experience like no other, the intricate details and unique design leaves you in absolute awe. Gaudí devoted 43 years of his life to creating La Sagrada Familia, he even went so far as moving into the building! Now that is what I call dedication. Each piece of the Minor Basilica has a story to tell, with the front depicting the Crucifixion of Christ and the back showing the Birth of Christ, with each part of the monument displaying the moments which lead to these life changing moments.

The interior of La Sagrada Familia was inspired by nature, with each of the columns representing trees and branches. The ceiling is designed with geometric shapes and the four evangelists are pictured on the columns in the centre of the Church. Each detail has been intricately thought out and designed by Gaudí and the time and effort put in to creating this masterpiece is truly incredible. It’s poignant to think by the time of Gaudí’s death less than a quarter of his creation had been constructed.

Ultimately, it’s wonderful to see Gaudí’s incredible work all around Barcelona, my favourite building of his being the absolutely beautiful Caso Batlló. It’s something truly unique and the pastel colours which dominate the overall detail is just spectacular! If I’m ever fortunate enough to return to Barcelona, I hope to go inside the building and spend some quality time viewing it.

Barcelona is filled with so much incredible aestheticism, even the simplest building look like works of art, it has to be one of the most photo worthy places on earth and in all honesty, my photos don’t do it justice!

Where are your special places to visit? Do you have a favourite Gaudí creation?

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Hi lovely people!

Myself by my lovely friend Lena.

As this is my first post I thought a little introduction about myself would be a good start. So here’s what you might like to know about little me!

  • My url is only 50% my real name, you can probably guess where I got Monroe from, No? Well it’s from Marilyn of course.  She is the most beautiful person inside and out and has helped me a lot the past four years, which I’m sure I’ll talk about at some point. The S is just to make it a bit different..
  • I started blogging on Tumblr, which I still love almost four years on. You can find my blogs here; alwaysmarilynmonroe, meganmonroes and missveronicalakes.
  • My favourite film is, Gone With The Wind (1939) I adore the classics!
  • Marilyn Monroe is my favourite actress, I’ve seen all of her films numerous times, have a Tumblr and IG account on her (both alwaysmarilynmonroe) and have hundreds of (good) books about my girl. It would be an understatement to say I love her, as she means so much more to me than that.
  • I’m only around five foot two inches.
  • I’ve suffered with various mental illnesses including; Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • I love to read, especially biographies on my favourite stars.
  • I adore animals, I have two dogs and one cat.
  • I’m a Scorpio – I don’t really follow Astrology signs but I think it’s something fun to share!
  • I love Instagram, I have three accounts on there; meganmonroes, alwaysmarilynmonroe, and alwaysbrigittebardot.
  • I’ve always wanted to share my birthday with a celebrity I love and I found out recently I share mine with Emilia Clarke aka Daenerys Targaryen!
  • Although my heart belongs to the bygone era, I do have some modern loves too which include; Friends, Modern Family, Game Of Thrones, The Big Bang Theory, Breaking Bad, House Of Cards, Lana Del Rey, Margot Robbie, Michelle Williams, Harrison Ford and Leonardo Dicaprio.
  • I’m a Twin.
  • I love weak Tea.
  • I am a huge lover of lipstick, red is a must.
  • Although I can’t speak another language, I do love Foreign Films and hope to learn some day.
  • My favourite females from Old Hollywood include; Marilyn Monroe, Veronica Lake, Sharon Tate, Brigitte Bardot, Vivien Leigh, Rita Hayworth, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Anita Ekberg, Jayne Mansfield, Diana Dors, Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren.
  • My favourite males from Old Hollywood include; Clark Gable, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Marlon Brando, James Stewart, Fred Astaire, Montgomery Clift and Cary Grant.
  • Billy Wilder and Alfred Hitchcock are my favourite Directors.
  • I hate conspiracies, they are just unnecessary.
  • My favourite music is from the 1960s, The Beatles, Sam Cooke, The Platters are some close to my heart.
  • I try and be as honest and understanding as I can.
  • I adore Disney, you’re never too old for it.
  • I always cut clippings from magazines.
  • Floral fifties style dresses are my favourite.
  • Although I think they’re beautiful, I don’t have many pairs of shoes. I hate having to get my feet used to them, I’m all about comfort and when the occasion calls for it my go to heels.
  • Hair accessories are my thing, a flower or a bow always brightens you up and gives you a Pin Up Girl style.
  • I’m a 90s Kid!
  • I have a youtube channel which I use every now and then, meganmonroes.
  • Pizza is my favourite food!
  • Chanel No.5 is my signature scent.

That’s all I can think of for now, I hope I didn’t bore you and you’ve learnt a bit about me! Until next time!