Barcelona and a sizzling summer solstice!


Hello – hope you had a good weekend?

I have had a great week and as mentioned in my last blog I was away in Barcelona for a few days – what a brilliant city! I hadn’t been there since I was a tour guide in Spain over 20 years ago and what a vibrant, international city it has become!

We had four days there and it was jammed packed; everything from chilling on the beach to having rooftop cocktails to visiting cultural sites and of course eating lots and lots of delicious tapas – yum!

The highlights for me were visiting the Sagrada Familia after all these years and seeing the progress that has been made on Gaudi’s masterpiece cathedral. Walking round the nave was just breathtaking (what do you think of the giant oyster on show there – imagine the pearl Honora would get from that!) and then climbing the towers was an incredible, if not nerve racking experience – although not as nerve racking as climbing back down the spiral staircase with a sheer drop view down the centre inspired by a snail shell – brilliant!

I remember back when I first visited over 20 years ago they said it wouldn’t be finished in our lifetime and now they are saying the goal is to have it finished by 2026, the centenary of Gaudi’s death. I know it’s a while away but god willing I am still alive and healthy that will be marked in my calendar!

I also really enjoyed visiting Casa Mia – the residential block also designed by Gaudi – particularly the roof which was like walking round an open air sculpture park and the arch that frames the view of the Sagrada Familia perfectly! Also excellent was the city view from the hill above Placa D’Espana as well as the dancing, colour changing musical fountains – all in all, a wonderful trip!

We did take the metro several times but generally walked everywhere and I know I have mentioned before but will mention again my Vionic trainers – just so incredible to walk around in all day with very happy feet at the end of it!

When I got back I celebrated summer solstice by doing an outside yoga class in Potters Fields in London Bridge, right by the Thames – what a wonderful experience and way to mark the solstice although rather sad to think the days start getting shorter now!

I have some great shows coming up this week – lots of fashion with Together, Isaac Mizrahi Live and Anybody Loungewear as well as Yankee Candle and Diamonique with lovely Andrea McClean so do hope you will join me.

In the meantime send you love and hugs and do post a comment below; I’d love to know what some of your favourite cities are?!

Craig xxx


  1. Julia June 27, 2017 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

    I just love your zest for life. You seem to take advantage of lots of opportunities for having fun in and around London, as well as your wonderful holidays. How do you know about all theses fun things like outdoor yoga? Keep having fun Craig – your attitude is contagious. Love Jule.

    • Craig Rowe July 11, 2017 at 7:18 am -  Reply

      Hi Julia, what a wonderful message – thank you! I knew about the outside yoga as it was organised by my local yoga studio but yes, i do try and keep an eye out for exciting things going on. How is your summer so far? Love, Craig x

  2. David Morgan June 27, 2017 at 8:09 pm -  Reply

    You look like you had a great time

    • Craig Rowe July 11, 2017 at 7:19 am -  Reply

      Hi David, it was brilliant! Thanks for reading my blog 🙂 Craig

  3. Penny June 27, 2017 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Craig, my family and I did Barcelona a few years ago like you, it really is a fabulous place, would love to visit again. Really enjoy reading you blogs. Thank you. X

    • Craig Rowe July 11, 2017 at 7:19 am -  Reply

      Thanks Susan! Yes, Barcelona is so great isn’t it? Will definitely be going back, my plan is to visit again the year the Sagrada Familia is finished if not before. Thansk for your kind words, Craig x

  4. Mrs Judith Dunster June 27, 2017 at 8:47 pm -  Reply

    Wonderful blog Craig I have been to Barcelona and love it it was lovely seeing your photos X

    • Craig Rowe July 11, 2017 at 7:20 am -  Reply

      Thanks Judith – glad you liked seeing my pics and hope it brought some memories back of your visit there too. Love Craig x

  5. Bev June 27, 2017 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

    Love Barcelona too ! Especially Sagrada Familia….so beautiful. We were there the week before Easter.. our second visit. The first time we went to Camp

    • Craig Rowe July 11, 2017 at 7:22 am -  Reply

      Hi Bev – isn’t Sagrada Familia the most amazing place!? I could spend a whole day there. Did you climb the towers when you were there? I bet being at Camp Nou was incredible too. Speak soon, Craig x

  6. laurie June 27, 2017 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi great pic of you and your partner! my fav city is galway in ireland-keep smiling x

    • Craig Rowe July 11, 2017 at 7:22 am -  Reply

      Thanks Laurie! Never been to Galway – its another on on my list! Haha! Craig 🙂

  7. Susan July 4, 2017 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Craig,
    Yes I agree, your energy is amazing! I love listening to you and Chloe. And Jackie! You’re a great bunch. Is that your gorgeous partner? You’re both stunning. I’ve not been to Barcelona. It sounds good. Confusing with so much though!x

    • Craig Rowe July 11, 2017 at 7:24 am -  Reply

      Hi Susan – yes I love working with Chloe; I think we bring out the fun side (and naughty side!) of each other haha! Jackie too is great to work with and we have such a giggle. Thanks for reading my blog again, Craig xx

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