• Which Barcelona Neighborhood Best Suits Your Family?

    When my husband and I found out our family would be relocating to Barcelona, one of the things I was most excited about was finding a home in the best neighborhood.  I happen to love the entire process of house hunting! This was our very first experience living abroad and I couldn’t help but fantasize about our dream apartment.  An old world-styled space perfectly renovated with modern luxuries but still maintaining that gorgeous Spanish charm.  Views of the Barcelona Cathedral, a short walk to the beach and the melodies of street performers outside my window were all things I thought I wanted in…

  • 12 Popular Movies and Books Set in Barcelona

    Movies transport us to another time, while books tap into the limitless possibilities of our imaginations. And its no secret that beautiful cities all over the world like Barcelona provide the perfect backdrop for many of these stories. Romantic corner cafes, dimly lit alleyways, awe-inspiring Gothic architecture, and vibrant festivals around every corner are just a few of the elements that make Barcelona so special. And the following movies and books each capture this city in such a way. Maybe you had a trip planned to Barcelona this summer that never happened thanks to COVID. Or perhaps you’ve always dreamed of visiting the…

  • Avoid Getting Pickpocketed in Barcelona with These Tips

    Learn the places to avoid, the distractions to be aware of, and the smartest products to prevent getting pickpocketed in Barcelona. Unfortunately, it turns out the rumors are TRUE. Barcelona, as incredible and unique a city as it is, also takes the cake when it comes to being the number one city in the world for pickpocketing! But fear not – these tips will help you avoid this petty crime while visiting. Perhaps it’s the warm weather year round or the inexpensive cost of living – but Barcelona seems to attract a larger population of needy than other European cities. In the Catalunya…

  • Celebrating Christmas in Barcelona, Spain Like a Local

    Learn where locals go, what they eat and how they celebrate the most magical time of year in Barcelona, Spain If you’ve just moved to the fabulous city of Barcelona or plan to vacation here over the Christmas holiday, you must be wondering how locals celebrate the most anticipated time of year – Christmas. Look no further for everything you need to know to have a magical holiday season in the Catalonia capital. We’re an American expat family that have been living abroad in Spain for more than three years. And we’ve only ventured back to the U.S. for one Christmas – which…

  • Living in Spain: 5 Things You’ll Fall in Love With!

    What we quickly learned about the Spanish way of life that is easier and more convenient than life in the U.S. When you’re an expat living with three toddlers in Spain you need more than a foamy cappuccino and a Gothic cathedral to make everyday life run smoothly. And in Spain, where they prioritize simplicity and ease, we have come to fall in love with a few of their cultural conveniences. The first time Tony and I visited Europe we took a twelve-night cruise and immediately fell in love with this part of the world – Venice, Athens, Santorini, Dubrovnik.  Our days were…

  • Medieval Castles Near Barcelona Not to Miss

    Transport back in time to some of the most authentic and breathtaking castles near the Catalonia capital. If there is one thing about living in Catalonia that will never grow old for me, it’s the incredible and unique medieval castles near Barcelona. One more jaw dropping and awe inspiring than the next. And each with its own mysterious history. I can’t stop taking pictures every time I’m in front of one! Our personal favorite is the castle of Tossa de Mar (read below) which sits perched above the sea right along the Mediterranean with the most breathtaking views in Costa Brava. Talk about…

  • The Most Iconic Souvenirs to Bring Back from Barcelona

    Unique and memorable souvenirs that capture the true spirit and culture of Barcelona This past summer we traveled back to the U.S. to visit our families, a trip we take once per year. And each time, we try to bring back from Barcelona something truly special and unique. After living here for three years, we’ve already exhausted t-shirts of Sagrada Familia and flamenco clappers. So we’ve started getting a little bit more creative and in the process. So, what are some of the best souvenirs to bring back to loved ones after a trip to this incredible and culture-rich city? It can be…

  • Skincare Secrets from Spain Discovered

    The best beauty brands and skincare products in Spain uncovered for achieving a gorgeous, youthful glow. The women in Spain are quite beautiful and as an American living in Barcelona, I’ve often wondered what their skincare secrets are. Minimal makeup, long locks with a true sun-kissed ombre AND glowing skin. Youthful, dewey and bright complexions. As someone struggling to keep my skin hydrated and toned from the effects of hard city water in Barcelona, this got me thinking! *This article contains affiliate links that may result in a small commission to the writer at no additional cost or commitment to you, the consumer.…

  • How to Celebrate Halloween in Barcelona As an Expat

    Our expat family’s tips for enjoying the spookiest night of the year even while living abroad. If you don’t already know, Halloween is my favorite!!  That crisp chill in the air, the rustling of freshly fallen leaves at your feet and the smell of a crackling outdoor fire nearby.  So when we moved to Barcelona to become expats and realized Halloween isn’t that big of a deal, I panicked! How would we recreate a holiday that is growing enormously in the states but is overshadowed in Spain by Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead on November 1)? Before becoming expats, Halloween in…