Ben Holbrook DriftwoodJournals (@driftwood_journals) — Barcelona based travel writer & photographer at DriftwoodJournals.com. A culturally curious bon vivant exploring the world. 🍷👇🏻 BLOG👇🏻🍴📸
Looking through my feed, it seems I have something of an obsession with this phallic ‘disco gherkin’ (the building, not the policeman). _ I think it’s because I used to look at photos of it in an old @wallpaperguides book before I moved to the city and it gave me the impression that anything was possible here. Turned out to be true. _ What’s your favourite city landmark (doesn’t have to be in Barcelona), and why? _ #TorreGlories#TorreAgbar#VisitBarcelona
The gorgeous and historic #MercatdeSantAntoni is finally open after have quite a few bob spent on it - about €80 million! _ It’s the cherry on the cake of what has always been my favourite barrio in Barcelona. A must-visit for foodies and architecture lovers. _ #VisitBarcelona
Yesterday I went to prison and had one of the most humbling and fascinating experiences of my life. _ Not just any prison, but to Barcelona’s infamous 100-year-old Modelo prison, where some 1,000 political activists were executed by Franco’s oppressive regime. Frighteningly, the last execution was in 1974! _ This living time capsule might be knocked down soon, so I highly recommend visiting sooner rather than later. _ Get the full story via the link in my bio ⚡️ _ @visitbarcelona#LaModelo#centrepenitenciarilamodel
Secret bar #12, Barcelona 🍻 _ When I was a kid, I remember always being asked, “What’s your favourite thing about school?”, and I would answer, “Home time!”. _ Today my favourite part of the day is early evening when Rosana suggests that we go out for a walk and a drink, when I can get away from the black mirror and start gearing down my mind a little bit... and drink (more) vino 🥂 _ This is the view from inside one of our favourite local spots. I’m afraid the location of this one will have to remain secret. For now at least. _ What’s your ‘end of day’ ritual?
Dashing Alessandro, my dive buddy and guide to the underwater Roman city of Baia 🔱 _ Some 2,000 years ago, this hedonistic playground was the equivalent of modern-day Las Vegas, a place where poets, gamblers and the filthy rich would gather to indulge their vices. _ Built on volcanic vents and shifting ground, the city slowly sank some 10m below the surface. _ Today you can still swim along the streets and see the statues, spas and murals, gliding alongside technicolor little fish all the while. - Speak to the friendly team at @centrosubcampiflegrei for snorkeling/dive trips and the full fascinating story. _ @italiait@napoli_it
One of my absolute favourite Antoni Gaudi designs - and it’s not in Barcelona! 🌻 _ Located in lush Cantabria, the @CaprichodeGaudi house was designed to inspire its inhabitants to follow the sun from room to room, in the same way that sunflowers turn throughout the day. - Follow the link in my bio for many more beautiful reasons to explore @cantabriaturismo#InGreenSpain! _ What’s your favourite #antonigaudí building? And have you been to Cantabria yet? 🙌🏻
This time last week I was trying to find a way to say adios to sweet @sevillaciudad when the #CruzdeMayo procession burst to life and swept me away for a lingering farewell. _ How do you normally spend your last day of your travels? _ ⚡️⚡️Link in bio for the full story ⚡️⚡️
Back home in Barcelona but it looks like I’ve brought a little bit of Napoli back to my street with me! 🛵⚡️ - I’ll be securely chained to my desk for the next few weeks/months! What are your plans for this weekend? Be sure to tip a few back for me, amigos! 🥂 - @Primavera_Sound kicks off this weekend in Barcelona! Who’s going?
Papa doing the school run in #Napoli, the wildest city in Europe. #whathelmetlaw _ I’m just at the airport waiting to fly back to Barcelona and can’t honestly say I’m sad to be leaving Naples. It’s a fascinating and beautifully chaotic place, a ballet of bravado, but somewhat over stimulating for this exhausted traveller. Have you been? How was your experience? - I only packed and planned for a 3-day blog trip in beautiful #ChipionaNatural, but ended up staying in #Sevilla for over a week and #Naples for the last 4 days. This is the last minute, “are you available to go tomorrow?” life of a travel blogger. I know it sounds glamorous, but the reality is that I feel painfully sleep-deprived and all but broken haha! As my hero @paul.theroux says, “Travel is only glamorous in retrospect.” _ Needless to say I need a change of clothes and a bloody good rest. Naples has a way of making you want to sit in a quiet room with the curtains drawn and binge watching films until you feel ready to face the world again. - Lots and lots of content coming soon - from @turismochipiona@sevillaciudad and @napoli_it Andiamo! 🙌🏻