images ownership of Steph @ 1001 ways to be more lovely
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Barcelona & Madrid. 6 days.
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Churros con chocolato, bookstalls tucked away in a corner, food markets vibrant with baskets of eggs, skinless animal heads, fish with eerie eyes, colourful fruit and stall owners roaring with laughter. Artful beggar cats; sun, croissants and coffee; sangria, paella and ham. Stone walls, balconies, crawling ivy, Gothic spires, sleeping knots of geese and palm trees in a cathedral. Fountains and stalkers, masseuses on beaches. Large gold monuments, free WiFi. The sickly stain of crepes and sugary waffles fills the hair, gulls continually circle, yachts all crowded in a harbour, swaying masts like scattered pick-up sticks. The Bangles tambourine beats from an underground busking spot, shady gardens, cigarettes, smoke, cigars, more cigarettes. La Rambla and all its finery; artists, postcards, pickpockets, pet stalls, stacked cages of birds, wonderful paellas and street performers. Metal statues - not wait, that's a street performer. Dripping mangoes and persistent fruit shop keepers rambling Spanish. They wink. Endless amounts of metro trips and the sun never died.