Vale! Savoring Barcelona

24 Jul


What’s the one word you must know when in Barcelona? Vale, which can probably be one thing a person can use in every conversation and most likely get by during an entire vacation. During our stay at the beautiful Hotel Arts, which is a Ritz Carlton property, the resort is staffed with employees from many parts of the World that cater to tourists. So, although we can do both, speaking and/or understanding Spanish isn’t mandatory. Interestingly; however, during our stay, we have never heard “vale” used in such a manner, by so many people, and so frequently. Vale is like saying in Spanish “de acuerdo,” meaning ok, yea, yes, I agree, understood, sure… Since there isn’t much that the staff at the Hotel Arts wouldn’t do for it’s guests, all we heard was “vale.”
Barcelona is absolutely beautiful. The vibe is laid back, the weather is great this time of year, the food is incredible, and there is so much to see and savor. If there was anything I was asked to do, most of the time, my answer was “vale.”

Would we like the have the hotel breakfast buffet every morning? Vale. There’s an assortment of cheese, breads, pastries, a fresh juice station, crepe station, additional items we can order to the table, and more?! Vale.




Would we like to hang out and lounge by the pool? Vale. Something to drink? Vale, pina colada por favor.


Would we like to play some card games at the Barcelona Casino? Vale. Go to the Beach? Vale.


Would we like to see the market and vendor shops at La Rambla? Vale.

la rambla

Would we like to walk down the shore of the marina after dinner? Vale


Would we like to rent scooters and tour Barcelona? Vale.


Would we like to tour the stunning Basilica de la Sagrada Familia? Vale. Would I like the audio tour and see the city views from the bell tower? Vale.








Would we like to visit Guell Park, which features more of Gaudi’s most famous works? Vale.




Would we like to see the Casa Museu Gaudi, where the famous Catalan architect lived for twenty years? Vale.


If any one didn’t know what “vale” meant prior to visiting Barcelona, once savoring the sights, the food, and everything the city had to offer, that person would surely know it afterward. Vale!

10 Responses to “Vale! Savoring Barcelona”

  1. Kristin Maack July 24, 2013 at 2:13 am #

    Great post and great pics! I’m going on a year long trip around the world soon and Barcelona is on my list of places to visit!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. monica July 24, 2013 at 4:16 am #

    looks like a great trip 🙂

  3. Vera July 24, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    Aaaaahhhh! Looks stunning! I’ll be going there in September. Can’t wait. People always look very oddly at me when I say I haven’t been in Barcelona yet: but you are portuguese, you live(d) right next to Spain… They don’t get i. I don’t get i. But seeing all your wonderful pictures made me so excited!

    • Sarah Frances July 25, 2013 at 9:28 am #

      You will have a wonderful time when you go in September… I wish I could have gone to Portugal as well, hopefully some day 🙂 I would love to hear about your trip when you go. I’m excited for you! Xo

  4. Vera July 24, 2013 at 6:55 am #

    it* not “i”…!! 🙂

  5. Dreams July 24, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    The pictures are amazing! My fave is the scooter pic of you and D. Soooo cute.

  6. caroline July 24, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    Oh this is so wonderful! I love Barcelona and now I definitely want to go again!

    • Sarah Frances July 25, 2013 at 9:27 am #

      Thank you! Yes, I’m sure you’ll have a lovely time if you go again 🙂 Barcelona is an amazing place to visit.

  7. Trrishy July 24, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    Awesome! Such lovely photographs! I was just going to say and agree with Eams, my fave is the scooter pic of you and Danny as well! 🙂

  8. Jocellyn July 29, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    wonderful photos!

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