You wouldn't be here if you weren't curious.*
Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
For me, it is all about “life-seeing instead of sightseeing”: Join me as I create, eat & live my way around the world. Curious?
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I just LOVE Barcelona. Actually, I never need a reason for visiting the capital city of Catalonia. Returning home from my creative travel experience in Galicia? Barcelona is on the way, “halfway” between Santiago de Compostela and Vienna. Besides, my beautiful friend & colleague Caroline Couret, of the International Creative Tourism Network and Barcelona’s creative tourism platform “Barcelona Creativa” (check it out!) lives here.
“Estoy tan contenta que estés aquí Elena! – I am so happy that you are here!” Sometimes, one visit makes two people happy: Never would we have experienced what we did experience without each other’s company. What a day! Wandering off without any great expectations (simply floating on the “happiness of being”!), we found that Vienna, of all places, is building castles in the sand of Barcelona. That a new hotel offers magnificent, 360° panoramic views over town. And that the Catalonian people themselves, well … build their own (human) towers! I have only ever seen this on TV. And now, I am right in the middle of the action. Wow. What a fascinating experience!! Check this out.
Off we go: Our city walk starts in Raval in best weather conditions: Finally, summer is here!
A little later, Caroline and I happen to be at the right place at the right time: “Castellers Humanas”, or human towers build up on the City Hall Square of Barcelona.
Breath-taking: The lightest will be the highest …
… climbing up and over 10 metres on these “human castle towers”.
I have never, ever experienced anything quite like this !!! And so close: We are literally just metres away from the “human towers”, who constantly build and rebuild. I film and shoot all the time, overwhelmed and excited by becoming a part of this Catalonian tradition.
These girls have earned my full respect: The tip of the tower is built by three- to five-year-old girls !!!
At the base, many arms are there to support the weight of the entire “human tower”!
A little later, Caroline and I chill out at the beach promenade of the city’s charming port district Barceloneta.
Out of the blue, we come across this beautiful sand castle, which has actually been dedicated to the city of Barcelona by Vienna promoting tourism to Austria. How cool !
At Parc Ciutadellat, many events such as slacklining are taking place on this first Sunday in June.
This fortification has been built in the 19th century for the city’s first world exhibition.
In the evening, Caroline and I enjoy a wonderful panoramic view from a new luxury hotel in Raval …
… across the entire city of Barcelona! Wow guys: What a day! Barcelona is just amazing.
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