Ben Holbrook (@driftwood_journals) — Barcelona-based travel writer & photographer at DriftwoodJournals.com. Discovering the world through local traditions, culture and gastronomy. Blog👇🏻
Marseille’s colossal cathedral glistening in the rain - like a giant tiramisu dr
Marseille’s colossal cathedral glistening in the rain - like a giant tiramisu drenched in amaretto. _ I often receive emergency emails from travellers asking for advice on what to do in ‘x’ when it’s raining. My answer may come across as a little blunt or sarcastic, but it’s what I do myself: Buy an umbrella and carry on regardless! _ It rained the whole time we were in Marseille last weekend, but we still explored like crazy. And the vibrant colours, people, food and pastis still gave us that warm fuzzy feeling! What a truly special city! _ France is such a dramatically different culture to Spain. I can hardly believe it’s only an hour or so away from Barcelona (on the high speed @renfe_sncf train). _ What do you tend to do when it rains while you’re travelling? Do you get out there anyway or do you prefer to enjoy the comforts of your hotel/apartment? _ @villemarseille@francefr#visitfrance#visitlafrance#marsella#visitmarseille
19.10.2018 13:49:53
Those noisy summer nights.
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I took this photo at one of my favourite cultural c
Those noisy summer nights. _ I took this photo at one of my favourite cultural celebrations in Barcelona - the Gracia festival. Seems even more vivid in retrospect! _ Check out the link in my bio to see all of the photos I took that day. _ Have you ever been?
18.10.2018 18:58:45
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Endless summer.
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Medieval magic in #Besalú - just 1.5 hours away from Barcelona
Endless summer. _ Medieval magic in #Besalú - just 1.5 hours away from Barcelona. _ How’s the weather where you are? You’d think it was still summer here in Catalunya today 🙌🏻 _ #besalumedieval#païsoscatalans#catalunya_streets#catalunyaexperience
17.10.2018 13:47:39
Night and day in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. 
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Anyone else feel like this part
Night and day in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. _ Anyone else feel like this part of the city looks different every time you see it? _ #VisitBarcelona#GothicQuarter
14.10.2018 10:49:52
Rooftop rock ‘n’ roll at @CasaBatllo’s ‘Nit de Magic’ ~ well that’s alright momm
Rooftop rock ‘n’ roll at @CasaBatllo’s ‘Nit de Magic’ ~ well that’s alright momma 🎶 _ The perfect way to kickstart a night out in Barcelona! _ What are you up to this Saturday, amigos?
13.10.2018 09:08:56
Coming into Ibiza Port after a day of exploring Formentera. So much to love abou
Coming into Ibiza Port after a day of exploring Formentera. So much to love about these idyllic islands. _ Link to full video in bio ⚡️🎥 _ Have you been to either?
11.10.2018 15:05:51
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The pizza run - Napoli style.
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It’s hardly surprising that Neapolitans grow up
The pizza run - Napoli style. _ It’s hardly surprising that Neapolitans grow up to be such fearless drivers/riders. _ What do you think? Cool or crazy? _ @visitnaplesofficial, @italiait. May 2018.
09.10.2018 17:40:04
There be dragons here 🐲🔥
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From my ‘In Deep at Barcelona’s La Mercè Festival’ se
There be dragons here 🐲🔥 _ From my ‘In Deep at Barcelona’s La Mercè Festival’ series - follow link in bio to see them all. _ #CatalunyaCultura#Total_Barcelona
08.10.2018 16:47:42
Tonight’s sunset. 
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Suddenly starting to feel  a bit like autumn. But only a li
Tonight’s sunset. _ Suddenly starting to feel a bit like autumn. But only a little bit... _ Shot on my iPhone. Unedited (jk!). _ #VisitBarcelona#PassionPassport#Iphoneonly
07.10.2018 20:12:53
A storm simmers, somewhere in Seville 🍊
A storm simmers, somewhere in Seville 🍊...more
07.10.2018 09:03:33
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The rooftop of La Pedrera - chimneys like marauders in the desert. 
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Or as poet
The rooftop of La Pedrera - chimneys like marauders in the desert. _ Or as poet Pere Gimferrer described it: “a garden of warriors”. _ What’s your favourite Gaudi building in Barcelona? #VisitBarcelona
06.10.2018 13:30:12
I used to get quite depressed at the end of summer. 
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But the older I get, and
I used to get quite depressed at the end of summer. _ But the older I get, and the more beauty I see in the golden tones of autumn and soft light of winter, the happier I feel about it. _ Earlier this year I went skiing (for the first time in many years) in the gorgeous little alpine resort of #Wengen in the Swiss Alps. And I loved every second of it. Full post with more photos coming soon. _ Any tips on where I should go for snow and pine forest landscapes next?
05.10.2018 11:19:11
Customer: “I’d like something bold to make a statement in my living room. Money
Customer: “I’d like something bold to make a statement in my living room. Money is no object. Have you any ideas?” _ Gaudi: “Certainly sir. I have been dreaming up designs for a light fitting inspired by the underwater world. It will cost a pretty penny, but it will be the talk of the town for many moons to come. In fact, it will be so beautiful that one day, after we have both passed, millions of people from all around the world will line up and pay money to see it.” _ At the one and only @casabatllo - a must for any one planning to @visitbarcelona.
03.10.2018 13:08:18
New post and video - link in bio ⚡️🎥
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Just a quick boat-trip away from Ibiza, F
New post and video - link in bio ⚡️🎥 _ Just a quick boat-trip away from Ibiza, Formentera is the smallest and most natural of Spain’s paradise Balearic Islands. _ Have you ever been anywhere this perfect?
02.10.2018 15:11:18
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Catalunya and its cutesy medieval villages - the whole place is like a living, b
Catalunya and its cutesy medieval villages - the whole place is like a living, breathing fairytale. _ We’re in #Besalú tonight and love it. It’s like a miniature Girona, but with better bridges. _ Have you discovered any of Catalonia’s unfathomably ancient rural towns? Which are your favourites? _ #CatalunyaExperience#Besalu
30.09.2018 18:57:17
Bundled away off Sevilla’s main drag is the secluded courtyard of Plaza del Cabi
Bundled away off Sevilla’s main drag is the secluded courtyard of Plaza del Cabildo. _ Here, on balconies of ivory and gold, the lucky few who call this oval oasis home tend to their plant pots and toast the midday sun with glasses of sherry. _ Clip-clopping horses and cathedral bells echo in the distance, the soothing rumble of bar hoppers flowing through Barrio Santa Cruz. It is Sunday in Sevilla and all seems right in the world. _ Have you ever seen this little secret sweet spot in Sevilla? _ May 2018.
28.09.2018 11:12:29
More madness from my ‘In Deep at La Mercè’ collection.
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Follow link in bio to s
More madness from my ‘In Deep at La Mercè’ collection. _ Follow link in bio to see all 32 photos. _ #Barcelona
26.09.2018 21:36:53
New Photo Journal: 'In Deep at La Mercè's Correfoc'.
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Why are the Catalans so c
New Photo Journal: 'In Deep at La Mercè's Correfoc'. _ Why are the Catalans so crazy? _ Follow link in bio to see all 32 photos ⚡️
25.09.2018 17:26:25
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