28 October 2013

Barcelona - Casa Batlló

Our first full day in Barcelona certainly called for some cultural insight to such a beautiful city. An where better to start than with one of Antonio Gaudi's masterpieces; Casa Batlló. Starting the day with a trip to what became our favourite little cafe, and next heading to 'Mercat De Boqueria' (keep your eyes pealed for the market in an upcoming post). As the afternoon sun beat down on our rosy cheeks we headed to Passeig de Gracia the home of Casa Batlló. The house was beyond beautiful as we walked around with the audio guided tour, we were gobsmacked by the attention to detail  from the changing hues of blue of the tiles as you climb to the top of the house, to the sculpted handrails as you ascend to the first floor. Another favourite of ours had to be the bone like facade of the building. I couldn't recommend visiting this enough if you're planning a trip to Barcelona, it's one incredible piece of architecture that really does give an amazing insight into Gaudi and his work.


12 October 2013

Summer Stampede - Gentlemen Of The Road

The olympic park, played home to a whole collection of music festivals this summer. We snapped up the chance to get tickets for 'Summer Stampede', hosted by Gentlemen of the Road; 'Mumford & Sons'. A whole afternoon and evening of incredible music acts lined up, with the sun coming out to play too!

We first headed to get a good spot and see the wonderful sister act; 'Haim' who didn't disappoint. Then 'Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros', who got the whole crowd going, with an unbeatable live performance of 'Home'. 'Ben Howard' had the crowd swaying and on their feet next. The last act before Mumford was 'Vampire Weekend' who smashed it as the sun came down. And last but by no means least Mumford & sons came out playing 'Babel' the crowd went wild. During the finale confetti filled the night sky, 'Mumford & Sons' were joined on stage by all of the day's acts to play a rendition of ‘Fleetwood Mac’s’ - ‘The Chain’.

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