Ben Holbrook (@driftwood_journals) — Barcelona based travel writer & photographer at DriftwoodJournals.com. Discovering the world through local traditions, culture and gastronomy. BLOG👇🏻
Sète's salty lagoon produces what many hail as the finest oysters in France. I’d probably have to agree. _ At the Les Halles De Sète (market) you can order them by the dozen and eat them straight off the ice – with a few giant prawns and a frosty bottle of chardonnay thrown in for good measure. Now that's what I call brunch! _ This was the highlight of my day-trip to Sète from Barcelona (less than 3 hours on the @renfe_sncf high speed train). _ What’s your preferred way to dig into the local delicacies when you travel? _ Do you seek out markets and rustic little hole-in-wall type places, or do you prefer “proper” restaurants and food tours? 🍴🍾
It’s behind you! _ The colourful terrace at Antoni Gaudi’s Park Guell - the spires of La Sagrada Familia piercing the skyline in the background. _ Top tip: You can actually visit most of the park for free. You only have to pay to enter to iconic terrace area and steps. _ Photo taken summer 2016.
Last night’s sunset in the land of my fathers 🏴 _ It has to be said, when the weather’s good in the UK there’s nowhere I’d rather be. _ And now it’s time to hit those Welsh waves 🏄🏼♂️ _ Have you ever travelled to Wales? It’s heaven for nature lovers!
Vive la France! 🇫🇷 _ Travelling in Europe is such a joy. The idea that you can get on a train in Spain and be in a totally different country, with different flags and food and languages, in just over an hour... There’s just nothing better! _ Photo taken at the end of a beautiful daytrip from #Barcelona to #Sète in #southernFrance - with @renfe_sncf 🚄 _ What’s your favourite thing about travelling in Europe?
Have you ever... ever felt like this? 🇫🇷 _ Exploring the elegant lighthouse of Sète in the south of France, looking out over its terracotta rooftops and canals as the old fishing boats trundled in and out of the bay - under attack from swarms of kamikaze seagulls. _ Everything about life in this relatively unknown town revolves around the sea - from the vibrant murals of sharks and sailors that adorn the walls to the octopus statues and thriving oyster industry. - A genuine discovery and a welcomed surprise. _ And it’s all less than 3 hours away from Barcelona on the @renfe_sncf high-speed train, and less than 30 miles away from Montpellier. _ Who needs the pomp of St. Tropez when you could be here instead! _ Have you ever been to #Sete or the #southofFrance? What did you think? _ Full travel guide (and many more photos) coming soon! _ #roundthetwist
All walks of life. _ Barcelona’s beaches may be best known for their sun worshipping credentials, but for me they’re all about people watching. _ Follow the link in my bio for my guide to the various stretches of sand, and what you can expect at each.