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 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
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?
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?
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.
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
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.