DO: If you are a runner (like me) or even want a long walk, take on the Seawall around Stanley Park. I woke up early one morning and run over 10km. The hardest part was having to stop so front to take in the scenery and take pictures!
SEE: Although there is so much to do in and around Vancouver like exploring Stanley Park or exploring the Capilano Suspension Bridge, my favorite part was taking the Sea to Sky gondala. Amazing views of Howe Sound, Sky Pilot and the surrounding peaks.
DRINK: Sit at the bar at Rodney’s Oyster House, order two dozen oysters and a bottle of white wine with a friend, and hangout talking to the bartenders and watch them shuck oysters all night.
EAT: Although pricer, we splurged our last night and at Chambar, which was my favourite restaurant in the city. So worth the money. Service was best we had in the city and moules frites were unreal.
TRY: Anything from Purebread. So I have a HUGE sweet tooth – like I mean I go to a restaurant and would order a shitty salad just to splurge on desert. So obviously I went to Pure bread three times during my week visit. Needless today I was in heaven – I suggest the chocolate chip cookie bar, nutella chocolate chip cookie, and their blueberry loaf was amazing too. TBH everything was good. Also suggest trying the many food trucks – I had a amazing smoothie from The Juice Truck.
PLAY: Rent a car and take the road! We drove along the sea-to-sky highway to go to the Sea to Sky gondala, but also just took in the amazing views and stopped for pictures…and Dairy Queen of course (snacks).
STAY: In the heart of Downtown Vancouver so you’re close to everything. We walked everywhere, and stayed in an Airbnb in the heart of downtown Vancouver (corner of Hornby and Smithe Street).
DO: Skip the touristy, over crowded and dirty Barceloneta beach and head out to Bogatell Beach. By far the superior beach, being less crowded and way cleaner. Bring a beach towel and spend the day tanning on the beach, strolling along the promenade, and stopping for a glass (or pitcher) of sangria and fresh seafood at one of the many seaside restaurant.
SEE: Don’t leave Barcelona without getting tickets to see the Sagrada Familia. Although this large Roman Catholic church is incomplete and has been under construction for over 130 years, it is by far the most beautiful church I have ever seen and beyond impressive for both architecture lovers and us amateurs (like me). Make sure you book ticket’s ahead of time!
DRINK: SANGRIA FROM EVERYWHERE AND ANYWHERE. ALL OF THE SANGRIA.
EAT: Best paella and sangria of my life from the beachside restaurant, Xiringuito Escriba. Also go to Chok the Chocolate Kitchen for Instagram and drool worthy kronuts.
PLAY: Explore La Boqueria Central Market just off Las Ramblas – foodie heaven.
TRY: Barcelona was filled with too many good foods to try. To name a few: tomato bread (legit tomato speared on bread), bikinis (nope not what you think – they’re mini ham and cheese sandwiches AKA bits of heaven), iberian ham, and eggplant with honey.
STAY: If you want in on the fun, stay along Las Ramblas Street. It is the central boulevard that goes through the heart of the city centre and is vibrant and lively 24/7 (trust me – I walked the streets after the bar at 4:30am and people are up and about either getting up to start the work day or still drunk from the night before). We were princesses and stayed at the Meridien hotel just off Las Ramblas and it was the perfect, central location to explore Barcelona, and we were high enough up that it wasn’t noisy at all when we slept.