Sunday, 1 December 2013

Barcelona II :: Camp Nou . Las Ramblas ::

You might have noticed that I am on a bit of hiatus last month or two(hmm). Back in November, I moved in to a new home, and there were many things to settle down at my new home; like, to arrange for a final bill for my gas & electricity supply at my previous home, then need to take over the existing supply in my new home and what not. On top of that, I am another year older (yay.. boo!). Thankfully all had come through the pipeline for me to share my study abroad experience.

Camp Nou Experience: F.C. Barcelona Museum and Stadium Tour ..
At first, I had the thought it just a stadium, a football stadium with a rich history. However, no longer now. It is undoubtedly something you can't miss if you are a football fanatic.

One of the highlights, 
step back into the history of Barcelona as you tour through Camp Nou.

I can only imagine the intensive atmosphere and noise if the stadium was fully-filled with football fanatics. After tour ends, even for non-fan of FCB would never see FCB the same way again. I can assure you that, unless you just walk it through. lol.

Yeah, I got myself a poster of Neymar Jr.. a handsome Brazilian striker. :p


Las Ramblas at night. The nightlife was very lively and the people were absolutely lovely and extremely helpful. No joke! While I blogging about it, it makes me miss the pleasant stay in Barcelona even more.

@ the temporary exhibition of Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, just few steps away from La Ramblas

Had our dinner @ La Poma in the heart of Las Ramblas.

We were walking along Las Ramblas to walk off some calories after a heavy meal, as well as absorbing the beauty along the way. As we were having a stress-free BFF vacation, without subtlety there wasn't any logical reason to say no to a pint. :D

Till the next update.
xo Shirnie

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Barcelona I :: Las Ramblas . Basílica de la Sagrada Família . La Boqueria ::

The most famous street in Barcelona, Las Ramblas.
Have you ever been to a country or city where you haven't had high expectations, only to reach there to be utterly boggled your mind? That was a revelation. I had never heard of Antoni Gaudí until one of my close friends told me it was worth every penny travel to Barcelona as it is the city where most of Gaudí's work- absolutely stunning! So, I went with my determination of being an explorer and a good listener. Barcelona was my first visit to Spain- undoubtedly, it's a wonderful city to explore!

Last week gone had some distinctly flavours of summer, with the warmth given by the sun's rays and chilly, crisp evenings in Barcelona. 

Basílica de la Sagrada Família.
Antoni Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece!
I was flabbergasted by the outstanding architecture, everything I've seen there broaden my horizons during my entire stay in Barcelona. The combination of gothic, renaissance, and modernism in architecture found all over the city filled me with wonder.

Though it is unfinished on the outside, it is his masterpiece- ingenious!
Let me put this way- once you are in, you will be in awe. :p
Detail of the roof in the nave.

"A museum narrates the history of the church and tells the story of its great architect."
Upper section of the portal of charity. Also, the façade of Life, of Joy, or of Christmas.
"The Nativity façade was the first façade to be completed. Dedicated to the birth of Jesus, it is decorated with scenes reminiscent of elements of life." 

The Nativity Façade is 55m height. An elevator and stairs leaded me to the top of the tower, there is a short bridge between the towers on the Nativity Facade (as seen from the image above).

The walls of the bridge are high and surrounded with nets, so it is extremely safe and not as terribly scary as I thought it'd be. The view over Barcelona was spectacular, it nearly blew my mind. A must-visit in Barcelona! /biggrin

Mercat de Sant Josep de La Boqueri (La Boqueria)

La Boqueria is a large public market that congregates all the phases in the food chain. At the Boqueria you can feel the gastronomic delight of Spanish- living life well and enjoying a sense of community. I loved the fresh fruit juice I had, it was a well-blend of passion fruit and mango. (Y)

That is not all. Stay tuned for the next ones! :p
Back to University. /yay

xo Shirnie

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Nice, France II :: Carnaval de Nice ::

Greeting people. It has been 9 months I have not set foot on my homeland, but I'm back in Malaysia now- very well, lol. Given the hazy conditions last week, no more breathing woes both outside and inside nowyay. The craving for food and beverages certainly did not disappoint me, and still going on fantastically and abundantly until the day I bid farewell to the warmness of the sun in Malaysia. again.

The post of trip to Nice in France on the French Riviera continues...
The Carnaval de Nice simply meaning Nice Carnival, one of the largest carnivals in the world. "Carnaval, King of the five continents" is theme for this year 2013, a theme that remains true to its vocation of universality. A journey through time and space opening all perspectives to vivid imagination.

These giant, colourful parades took place day and night, with entertainment provided by musicians and dancers from across the world. The floats were all designed to provide 360° panoramic visibility, how fortunate was I to be there for its joyous days in Nice. Thank you Dad, Mom and my friends I met in England! T____T

It is the dream of a little girl who dolls up as one of the fictional characters featured in the official Disney Princess line-up. It is the dream of a little boy who falls asleep to the humming rhythm of the city, and the same dream of children who wake up to the hum that has devastated this fairy-tale event. Aimed for people to enjoy the freedom of disguises, dances and songs as well as to bid temporary farewell to the darkness of winter and soak in the warmth of the sun on the French Riviera. Each of the carefully decorated giant papier-mâché puppets (known as 'big heads’) has a carnavalier hid in it to exert in order to provide maximum flexibility, scared people with that monstrous glare and eyes that lured people behind that disguises. sSsspot the hole in the middle.. there allowed them to moved around with vision and breathe through the small hole.

I was so stunned when I first laid my eyes on such an enormous barbie doll along with beautiful butterflies!! My childhood was in a way surrounded by wonder, awe and what not of holding a wish in such small heart, cast a spell with all my hope to have loads of barbie dolls along gorgeous dollie dresses. ah. XD

Not just the people in the parade, the spectators were doing all sorts of silly things too. There were literally tons of confetti being thrown around the parade! As each float passed by, kids on the floats threw confetti at random people on the sidewalks, and the people on the sidewalks retaliated with more confetti and colourful string. In the gap between floats, all of the kids would run out into the street to collect more confetti into their bags, so they could throw more at the coming floats. I could never forget it was the most joyous day of my life! /grin

Everyone had lots of confetti stuck in their hair, clothes, shoes and what not. We had a mini confetti war between ourselves and with the kids too so at the end, we were all thoroughly covered in confetti. It was so much fun! :D I'll be sharing more pictures that I've taken of the Nice Carnival on Facebook. Hee.. till then.! (:

xo Shirnie