Late Summer Afternoon, Parc de la Ciutadella

While I was quite content last holiday puente weekend just to hang out the cats and spend extra time at the beach, come Monday I craving a mini explore somewhere.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I toyed with cycling around Port Vell. It’s not a part of the city I go much and the sea front along Port Vell and Moll de Bosch i Alsina is kinda picturesque. As the beaches were busy, the port would have been equally as busy. I didn’t have time to go to the Botanic Jardins (they’re been on my summer to go list all summer!) and was craving a greenery fix even though I’d been the zoo the day before. I would have gone to the zoo, but I limit to 2 times a week so I don’t get too bored or overtired of it. It was about an hour until sunset, so there was only one place I knew in cycling distance with greenery, Parc de la Ciutadella. Okay, no a mini adventure as I cycling through it a few times a month. I didn’t escape the holiday crowds as it was packed with people and Pokemon Go. However if you head towards the Parliament buildings, you can find quiet pockets no matter the season. If it’s sunny near sunset, hazy sunshine. Enjoy!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Secret Garden That Is Parc de la Ciutadella

Firstly, I’ll never make being a magazine editor. How do you choose from so many photos and secondly, I get a little envious of my clients when they request training the park. They get to curse at me with their poker faces to the sound birds chatting away and I think they feel less conscious than being in a gym. One is actually a completely different girl training outside than inside. She’s more animated! I keep saying to myself to take my workout outside, train in the fresh air, not just run in it. My excuse, I need the heavier weights! To be honest, I haven’t really got an excuse. I can used body weight and easy to pack suspension trainer and resistance bands like I do for my clients. I’m too stuck in my ways!

Parc de la Ciutadella in the Ciutat Vella district is the oldest park in Barcelona and one of my favourite urban parks (which might have something to do with the palm trees). Formally a fortress and the city’s first public park, it was featured in the 1888 Barcelona Universal Exhibition (Exposicion Universal de Barcelona) displaying sculptures and contemporary art which is why next to the boating lake you find a life sized woolly mammoth. It’s also home to Catalan Parliament (blink and you miss it), Museum of Zoology, Museum of Geology, a very ornate waterfall, a bandstand that holds Lindy Hops dances at the weekends and yogis in the mornings, a boating lake and Barcelona Zoo. After classes I love cycling through soaking up it’s early morning energy before the tourists arrive. I get to see it through a tourists eyes as I normally pass through in the afternoons. Different times of the day can make the same place feel completely different! Some corners I’m transported to a tropical garden and there’s always something new to discover. Enjoy xoxoBoating Lake. Parc de la Ciutadella

Cascada/Waterfall

 Under the Cascada, Parc de la Ciutadell

BandstandBandstand, Parc de la CiutadellaBoating Lake

Boating lake, Parc Ciutadella

Woolly Mammoth!Woolly Mammoth, Parc de la Ciutadella

L’Umbracle

 

Weekend Friday Favourites

Can you believe we’re nearly half way through the year? Just 1 week to go until the Summer Solstice or Winter Solstice depending on where you live and the official start of Summer/Winter? Or the warm/dry season if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere in-between!

I hope you’re having a great weekend! This weekend I’ve signed up of the pleasure of running Port Vells commercial port bridge that has to accommodate cruise liners. I’m not sure it’s pleasure as I ran it last year and let me tell you it’s long and steep! Me being me, I refuse to walk up it as I run the ports annual 10km night race. The pleasure must be coming back running down it about 2km from the finish line and getting to run around a port that’s normally off limits to the public!

Weekend Friday Favourites, a round up of things that have been making me smile this week. Short and sweet this week!

Rickina the baby Orangutan

This has to be the most cutest, saddest thing I’ve ever watched. Cute as it’s full of baby orangutans! Sad as it’s full of baby orangutans who’ve lost their Mums probably to loss of habitat and deforestation for palm oil crops. I try to avoid products containing palm oil, unless from sustainable palm oil sources. It’s not easy, but everytime I say no and put the product back it’s my protest with against the palm oil industry. For more info, check out WWF

AJ and D AJ and D

It’s taken them 9 years to get this close without Aj moving with his knickers in a twist. Maybe they’re getting old, maybe they’re finally toleratant of each other, but the past few weeks, I’ve noticed Aj’s not bothered by Diesel snuggling so close. Evening cat snuggles watching TV are the best!

Tone It Up Big Sur Road Trip VideoTone It Up Top 5 California Road Trips

Their top 5 California road trip recommendations featuring the Big Sur. One day along with the Redwoods, Hawaii, Grand Canyon, British Colombia, Costa Rica, Belize, South Korea, Japan, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Iceland……… in my dreams!

Single Arm Burpees

I’ve been meaning to try these out ever since I saw TwoBadBodies on Instagram whip them out. They’re not so bad, are actually quite fun and earn you extra gym respect points (maybe not extra gym respect points, but they make you feel like you should get some credit for busting them out!). The first burpee each arm, I thought not strong enough yet, but our bodies are amazing at recreating memory pathways in a spilt second. The next 5 were fun. They make a great break from full burpee Spartan Race practice and like normal burpees work just about everything. You just have to make sure posture’s spot on, go slow the first few and do equal reps each side. I also had fun this week with burpee single arm presses as seen here on Tone It Up.

Ducks, Parc CiutadellaDucks, Parc Ciutadella

They were working camera this week!

L’Umbracle, Parc Ciutadella

I have a confession. I’ve only ever really seen the back of the this building and thought it was run down due to trees growing out of it. On my no show Monday, I had the opportunity to explore the park and found it’s entrance! Built in 1883-7 for the 1888 Universal Exhibition, then a hall for parties and conference, it’s now houses tropical and subtropical plants. My dream garden or part of it. One day!

What’s been making you smile this week? Do you have any races coming up? What countries are on your travel list? Have a great weekend!

Tone It Up Top 5 California Road Trip Image taken from Google images