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Non-Touristy Places to Visit in Barcelona: 3 Undiscovered Spots

Alternative Ways to Discover the City

Barcelona is a super-touristy city, and it’s little wonder why. Its numerous landmarks and attractions have transformed the city into the second-most visited in Europe. Still, there are plenty of places where you can go to avoid major crowds and still enjoy some impressive sightseeing.

Here are three unusual places to experience the city like a local.

●   Casa Vicens (Vicens House)

The cosmopolitan and modern Spanish city of Barcelona is home of the genius of Antoni Gaudí, a Catalan architect that expresses his creativity in breathtaking design buildings such as Sagrada Familia, Casa Batló and Park Guell.

They all are worth visiting, but also crowded with tourists. If you want to appreciate Gaudí’s architecture there are a lot of other buildings designed by him that from 2017 are open to the public, so you better hurry and get an inside scoop before they get crazy popular. 

Casa Vicens is the first house built by the famous architect and has recently been renovated, 130 years after its original construction. It’s decorated in Eastern-inspired tiles and plenty of floral details, and located on a calm street just steps away from Fontana metro station.

If Gaudí’s artwork has a soft spot in your heart and you really wish to immerse yourself in Spanish culture, consider checking out Spanish school Barcelona. The city offers a life-changing learning experience, in a context surrounded by art and culture.

●   Bunkers del Carmel (Carmel Bunkers)

If you need a quiet day above the city chaos this hilltop is a truly hidden gem. Several old underground military bunkers (with a fascinating history beyond their military function during the Spanish civil war) located on the top of the Turo de la Rovira hill, covered with sprawling apartment blocks built for working-class immigrants in the district of El Carmel.

The place offers one of the best viewpoints across Barcelona, and as it’s a less-touristy spot, you will have enough space to relax watching the sunset surrounded by locals (they go there to socialise). 

From there you can see many of the most popular landmarks of the city, such as the unfinished and controversial Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s masterpiece.

Please note that the hilltop it’s not very accessible due to the absence of stairs. If you go, just make sure to bring comfortable clothes, trainers and some water as well, because the hike is a bit tiring. 

●   Museo de la Xocolata (The Museum of Chocolate) 

Spanish chocolate is absolutely delicious and has a long and fascinating history. If you are obsessed with chocolate, this museum will probably become your favourite spot in Barcelona. 

Located in the Born district, on the ground level of the former convent of Saint Agustine, the Museo de la Xocolata is a private museum owned by the city pastry-makers’ union that shows the history of chocolate in Europe and its manufacturing through different phases: from the cocoa bean up to industrial production processes. 

Many of the displays are chocolate sculptures (including Barcelona’s famous buildings), so the smell of chocolate is all over the place, teasing your appetite. 

The museum has several areas (although is one of the smallest museums in Barcelona): the area where history is explained, the place to see the making, and of course, a coffee shop where you can treat yourself with a slice of chocolate cake or a big cup of fresh and delicious hot chocolate.

You can also visit Chocolatería Valor - even though in Barcelona city centre - for delicious churros and coffee (locals love meeting there in the afternoons).

To say that Barcelona has plenty of places to visit is an understatement. Of course, most of them are swamped with tourists, but, as you see, there are cool alternatives that are just worth seeing as the popular places everybody knows. Do your research before you go!

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Moving Home - Exciting Plans

I know I have mentioned moving home a couple of times, but I have finally done it! It was one of those things that I kept putting off, but I thought it was time to step out of my comfort zone and make it happen.

I moved over the weekend and I'm not going to lie, the actual move was a nightmare! A few things went wrong, as usually does with these things - BUT - I am in now and excited to get going. After speaking with a local top notch property refurbishment company I have a few basic pieces of furniture coming from Ikea tomorrow and then I am excited to get started with making it home.

Where To Live?

If like me, you just fancy a fresh start it can be hard to decide where you want to live! I knew it wanted to stay in Birmingham, so I did loads of local research, spoke to friends etc and got recommendations for areas to stay! Want to go further afield? Look up things like guides on moving to Cardiff or where is good to live in Manchester and you'll find a wealth of information online! 

Making A House A Home

I have a few plans up my sleeve, but what I do know is that I want it to reflect me - I want lots of body positive art, quotes and pieces everywhere. I want to invest in more fat positive literature to have around my home and have it bright and colourful.

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I love walls like this and I would love to create something similar. Photos, canvases, quotes and so much more. It'll all need to be done on a budget and it'll take time to do but I am really excited to get started and make things happen.

Practical Purchases

Of course, as much as a pretty home is great, there are essentials that you need to look into as well. For example, at the moment the living room and the bedroom both have curtains to the floor and I think I would like blinds. The good thing is that there are loads of made to measure blinds out there, which means that when I do get around to getting these - I know there will be something for me!

Of course, it will come as no surprise to most of you that not all of my home purchases have been sensible. In fact the first thing that I bought was this:

Yes. that is a GIANT piggy bank! I know, I know there are far more sensible things I could/should be buying - but isn't he adorable?

What's the first thing you'd buy if you were moving home?

Debz x

Summer Road Trips

I don't know if I have mentioned it very much on my blog before, but I have never been on a plane! I do hope that one day I will be able to fly somewhere, but for now it's just too scary!

What this means is that I go on lots of road trips and I love them! As a non-driver I often actually go on train trips, is that such a thing? Anyway, that's what I do - and I love a cheeky weekend away! Minibus hire, getting friends to drive, taking the train - I've done them all!

Next weekend I am off to Blackpool for 3 nights and although Blackpool might not seem the most glamorous location for a weekend away I'm really looking forward to it! In fact, its lack of glamour is why my friends and I get together once a year and go there - we love it!

I will be getting the train there though, so I don't have to do much in the way of preparing for the journey, just making sure that I get to New Street Station on time!  I always try to anyway, so I can grab a drink and a magazine for the trip, so that should be easy enough!

Taking a Road Trip

That said, I do have a really fun road trip planned this year, but it isn't in November! I'll be attending the 2nd Club Indulge Weekender event in Bournemouth! A friend of mine kindly drives me and Lucia ( down for the weekend - last year was so much fun, so we're already booked to attend this year! There is so much that the weekend offers, I would recommend looking it up if you haven't been to one before!

Travelling the UK

One of the great things about driving somewhere is that you can take all of your own belongings with you without having to worry about carrying them around too much! This makes camping the ideal activity, because you can throw your tent and sleeping stuff in the back of the car and get going!

Personally, I prefer the idea of glamping - which is sort of a hybrid between a hotel and camping. There are hundreds of glamping sites up and down the UK which means that there is a glamping location wherever you might be thinking of travelling. 

Every camp site you visit will have its own facilities and these will vary, so do a little research into what might suit you and you can find something that suits you.

Travelling Safe

For my up and coming road trip, our friend is the one in charge of the car, he'll be the one heading to Kwik Fit beforehand to have the car checked over, which is really important for a long journey! Much like my trip to Blackpool this weekend, all Lucia and I have to do is turn up on time, which considering our friend is always the one who is late, should not be too difficult!  

I always find it fun to see what service station we end up at and what they offer, last time we ended up visiting the same ones on the way there and the way back, so this year we have already agreed that we're going to mix things up a bit! I wonder what we'll discover with this years trip? If you have me on Instagram or Twitter, you'll probably find out! 

I'll definitely have a summer road trip somewhere, once the weather is better, although I am starting to wonder whether the UK is going to be covered in snow forever!

Where are you heading off to this summer?

Debz xx

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Why I Want To Visit Thailand

Although I am not much of a traveller, I often think about places I would like to visit if I could. There are some amazing places in the world and in an ideal world I would get to visit some of these. However, I don't want to visit the usual places for the usual reasons - as ever, I'd like to do something a little different!

For example. I would really like to visit Thailand, Japan and other places in that direction, because of the amazing confectionery they have. If you follow me on social media you may have noticed that I am a big fan of unusual sweets and snacks, and often visit oriental supermarkets to catch up.

One of my favourites is Kit Kats - because other parts of the world seem to have so many amazing choices. This week Asda have launched lemon flavour Kit Kats, where as Thailand have hundreds of flavours far more exciting. I love that they have savoury flavours and limited edition offerings which means that there is always something fun and new to try. 

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I know that I shouldn't necessarily book Thailand just to try their chocolate treats, but it is definitely a part of the world that I would like to sample. I love their passion for electronics - you might know that I have a love of robots, which is something that this part of the world shares. I'd love to go over there and see some of their robots in action, that would be something amazing!

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If you could visit any part of the world, where would you choose and why?

Debz xx

Honeymooning in 2018? Here’s How To Get It Right

When it comes to getting married, the idea of perfection is different for us all. One of the most important things to remember is that your big day has to be perfect for you. It is easy to be swept up in what is excepted of us and social traditions, but as long as you and your partner are happy that is all that matters. Considering that 99% of people who get married go on a Honeymoon and the average spend is £3,500 is couldn’t be more important to get it right.

There are so many places that you can visit on your honeymoon, but if there is anytime to visit your dream destination, now is the time to do it! Angelic Diamonds, retailers of wedding rings, tell us the top luxury honeymoon locations of 2018.

Where To Visit in 2018


The Maldives is the nation in South Asia that many people dream of visiting. With over 1,000 coral islands and miles of white sand beaches, it really is the perfect place for a luxury get away. It oozes magnificence and romance, no wonder it was revealed to be the top honeymoon destination of 2018.

While you’re there make sure you visit the Piano Deck at Baros. This is a platform built in the heart of the ocean that can be hired for a few hours for breakfast, lunch, dinner or spa treatments. If you really want to go out, treat yourself to a sunrise breakfast, I hear it is unforgettable!

Sri Lanka

Covered ancient sites, temples and never-ending beaches, Sri Lanka has only recently become a tourist destination but it’s clear to see why. It has so much to offer, with something for everyone.

If you’re feeling energetic hike to World’s End — a sheer cliff situated in Horton Plains National Park which looks over tiny villages and tea plantations. The round trip is around 7.5km by foot, and many say that you won’t regret it!


Situated in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is synonymous with everything luxurious. There’s plenty to do in the way of activities but, of course, you can lie on the beautiful beaches all day if you’d prefer – I know which I would do!

If you go, don’t forget to head over to the Chamarel Waterfall. Surround yourself with luscious vegetation instead of the sandy beaches you may have become accustomed to and explore the southern side of the island.


I haven’t travelled much at all, but if I could click my fingers and go anywhere this part of the world would be somewhere I would head to!  Kuoni named Thailand the second most popular honeymoon destination for LGBT couples and fourth for straight newlyweds. Make sure you explore the Phi Phi islands. Considered to be some of the most beautiful islands in Southeast Asia, easily reachable by a short speedboat journey from Phuket or Krabi.

Indonesia (Bali)

In Bali, you’ll experience the locals’ unforgettable culture combined with beautiful landscapes. The people are friendly and the beaches are one-of-a-kind — we’re not surprised it made it into the top five.

While you are there be sure to visit the Gili Islands by sea. Take the fast boat over from Bali to the islands and sit on the famous Datu Swing at Hotel Ombak Sunset with your loved one as the sun goes down, I have seen photos and it is a sight to behold!

Where would you head to, if you could travel anywhere?

Debz x

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Indulging in Lady Voluptuous

If you follow me on any social media then you'll have seen that I spent last weekend in Bournemouth and it was brilliant! I was actually there to attend the Club Indulge Weekender - which is the first weekend event the club night has run.

Club Indulge is a bi-monthly (ish) club night held in London. It's a body positive night aimed primarily at the plus size community but open to everyone. I used to attend the club night when I lived in London and when I saw that Miranda was arranging a weekend event - I had to be there!

The event took place in a hotel and compromised of two party nights, group dinners, buffet breakfasts, a pool party, speed meeting, clothes swap and lots of time putting the world to rights in the hotel bar! I loved it because I had the chance to get dressed up for each of the different events, which is something I always enjoy!

Although this was the first event that took place over a whole weekend I am hearing whispers of it already being booked to take place next year! I had such a great time, in a really comfortable and welcoming environment and would recommend it to anyone! 

For one of the nights I knew I had to wear Lady Voluptuous - after all, when it comes to party dresses they are one of my go to brands. This time, I decided to wear one of their Rosa dresses and it did not disappoint. I love the fit of these dresses and even though it isn't mandatory to have something that is flattering - I love how flattering these dresses are!

I choose this dress because it offers a cute pattern, which is not like one I have had before. I knew the night would involve lots of dancing and standing around so I opted to wear it with these super comfortable shoes I picked up in the Yours Clothing sale for a fiver!

What did you get up to this weekend?

Debz x

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The Curve Fashion Festival

Can you believe it's that time of year again? The annual Curve Fashion Festival happens again next month and I'm a bit excited!


I still remember attending the first event in Manchester 3 years ago - I feel a little bit proud of it when I realise how much it has grown and expanded over the years. One of the nicest things about the event is how much organiser Zoe actually listens to the people who attend and takes on their feedback. For example last year, it was in a much bigger venue with a more varied models, after feedback from the first event made her realise that this is what people wanted.

This year they have recently announced that the event is working with Debehams to kit out a lounge area, after comfortable seating was flagged up as being a little lacking during the 2016 event. They also have some mens ranges showing at the event for first time, including the Debenhams male Big and Tall range making an appearance.

Make sure you get on a website that shows you things to do in the UK, there's loads to do in the North West so you can make the most of your weekend visiting Liverpool!

The event really is one of the first of its kind, and seeing it go on a learning curve is fantastic and I am really pleased to be attending again! I know lots of brands have some exciting stuff up their sleeve for the event. 

My trains booked, hotels sorted - all I need to do now is decide what to wear!

Are you attending? Make sure you say hi if you see me!

Debz xx

Moving On, and Moving In.

Back in September I made the decision to leave the north once again and head down south - well to The Midlands at least. I've lived here ever since and I have to say I love it. Over recent months I have had a couple of where I have had to travel home for less than happy reasons, but even when I am far away from my family - I can't regret moving here.

One the things that have made moving easier is that my family are really good at using social media and Whatsapp. I speak to them most days on Whatsapp, so they never feel far away at all! In the next few months I'll move again - but staying in Birmingham!

When I moved in October, I moved into a house share - which made life much easier. Moving into a place where a landlord has to take care of everything certainly helps. I didn't have to worry about finding conveyancing solicitors or anything like that, which made the move a complete doddle! When I moved I wouldn't have known anything about any of this, so it's a good I didn't need them really!

Since moving I actually now work for an estate agents, so I have learned more about this side of things that I ever knew before - so when I do start to think about moving out of my houseshare I'm in a much better position than before. I'll feel like I actually know what I am doing when the time comes. I now know that they help with the contracts and exchanges of houses and that actually their job is a pretty important one!

Now the weather is starting to FINALLY get better I'm looking forward to getting out and about exploring Birmingham some more and perhaps deciding which area of this fantastic city I want to live in!

Where is your favourite part in the UK?

Debz xx

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Avoiding Holiday Mishaps

We all love a good holiday, whether its some place hot where you will be spending most of your time drinking cocktails by the pool, somewhere you can get your winter sports fix and spend the evenings by a log fire in a cabin or a weekend shopping trip in New York, we all like a change of scenery and a break from every day life.

When going on holiday there are so many things to consider, from where you want to go, things you want to see and do, what your going to take with you, where you are going to stay, how much money you'll need etc but one of the last things people think about, if they think about it at all, is what if something goes wrong? and that is where comes in. Among other things they cover holiday sickness and accidents. Not something you want to think about when you are planning time away but these things happen a lot more than we realise. 

I believe the key to avoiding holiday disasters the best you can, is through preparation. Some eventualities we obviously can not prepare for but being prepared for what we can will give a lot of peace of mind. There are a few small things that can cause huge disasters when going abroad and these are the things we have control over and can plan ahead to avoid mishap.

Passport- know where your passport is at all times, check your passport is in date for travel to and from your destination, check any passport rules and regulations in your destination country prior to travel and check you have your passport at every stage of travel

Health- if you have any heath conditions inform your GP you intend to travel, get travel insurance and make sure you have enough of your prescription medication for the entirety of your trip and of course be careful while away, nobody wants to spend their holiday in hospital in a foreign country.

Money- inform you bank that you will be travelling (this one comes from experience) I had my card stopped and the bank calling me because they thought my card was stolen. Change your money before you travel as you will save money over changing currency at the airport. Budget for your trip and add a little extra for emergencies, it is so so easy to run out of money when you're having fun.

These are just my little tips from previous travel experience and even though they seem obvious and like very small things they can lead to much bigger problems once you're away. By planning and preparing before you travel you lessen the risk of things going wrong, leaving you to enjoy your holiday exactly as you should.

Where was your last holiday? please tell me it was mishap free

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The Big Move (Sort of) Down South

For those of you have that have been following my blog for a while, you're know that I started blogging when I lived in London. Although I am originally from down south by family moved up north when I was 21 and I soon followed... I loved living up North but I missed living in a big city so 4 years I moved to London.

I loved every single minute of living in London, it's definitely a place that has a special place in my heart. Even now when I visit I get an excited feeling as soon as I hit Euston, I can't explain it at all but it is definitely a place I would consider home. Sadly, London life is just too expensive for me and so after 24 glorious months I moved back home. I'll be there next week for the British Plus Size Awards though - YAY!

I loved being near to my family again and actually it turned out to be the best 2 years I could have been at home. I can't even begin to tell you how close I am to my family and living with them for the past 2 years was exactly what I needed, I couldn't and wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else.... but things change and it was time to move on!

I couldn't possibly afford to live in London until I win the lottery, so I decided to pick Birmingham! When I announced that I was going to make the move to The Midlands lots of people asked me why but honestly the only reply I could give was why not?

I have been to Birmingham a few times, I've a few friends dotted around nearby but nothing that ties me here - I wanted a fresh start and The Midlands proved to be it.

And so here I am!

I've now been here a month and I am really enjoying it! Being a grown up again is tough - having to consider things like bills, an actual proper food shop, home security etc - but you know what I really like it. I've fallen into a new job I really like, I've attended a few blogger events and starting to get really settled.

One thing I have really started to give more thought to is making my home secure. At the moment I am in a house share but the start of next year I hope to get into my own flat and really settle. I've been giving lots of thoughts of alarm systems, keeping out burglars and generally protecting my home. 

I guess I have been lucky that this has always been someone else responsibility before, but now it's time for me to give it some thought! Thankfully the internet has proved really helpful in this so I feel like I could be well-versed enough to be sorted when I am ready to move into my own place. It goes without saying that having a burglar alarm fitted is something that comes recommended.

There seem to be a few blogger events in Birmingham so you might see a bit of a turn in the content I offer here, but I think that'll make a nice change. I'm looking forward to meeting some news faces and building a new life here in Brummie land.

Debz xx

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