Here are a few pics I took of the apartment my hubby + I stayed (rented) while vaca’ing in Barcelona Spain. This was the FIRST time we visited Europe AND stayed at an apartment instead of a hotel sooo … Was a nervous? Naaah, more EXCITED!!!! Ready for a tour? Here I am below pointing to the living room (the door after the LR leads to our inside and then outside porch):
As soon as we met the landlord (whom we never met before) she gave us a huge smile and kiss on both cheeks (it’s a Spanish thing!) then we entered the building’s lobby and my jaw dropped as I kept looking up up up up at the high ceiling. The apt was exactly as I expected it would be – quaint, historic, with a sleek design (and ‘home amenities .. like dishes, cups, pans, washing machine, towels, etc.).Here is a the view of 2 rooms; the left – our inside porch, the right shows the bedroom (I feel in love with the ceiling medallion and it’s handing pendants):
The apartment had me at … hellllooo tiles .. which the landlord told us was installed in the 1800s (I believe I heard correctly, I was a bit distracted by the tiles):
Below left pic was our walk in closet which lead to the outdoor porch (we had 2 entries/exits to the porch .. from the living room and bedroom), and the right photo is the simplistic quaint side view of the bedroom with the double doors that had shutters on them so we could close the door and leave the shutters open to see outside).
Left photo is another view from living room to bedroom (yes, I am still drooling over the floor tiles!), right photos shows the grand double doors from the bedroom to the living room, as well as to the walk-in-closet/doors to our outside porch:
Here’s a pic of the sofa, chair, coffee table, and artwork in the living room. And the skeleton key??? It was how we looked the bathroom from inside – the key wasn’t removable it just turned left and right for lock/unlock (yes, old school .. and I loved it!), not that I had to lock the door, but I did just to use the key (hahahaha): Now, r u ready to see our amazing ‘tiny’ lobby in the apartment building? … We had to use a special skeleton key for entry and press a button when exiting. – landlord didn’t mention and we couldn’t figure out how to get OUT! Thank goodness a neighbor came out and we saw how she simply had to press a button aaaaallll the way to the left of the wall. How Indiana Jones = pull/press and door opens
Oh, I also took VIDEO of the apartment. Which my wonderful video editor Zach is trying to prep so we can publish it in this week’s Sunday’s Smile. The video takes you from the outside of the apartment building (that’s me below walking towards the building), to the lobby, then the apartment tour. Including some unique elements, like ….. they had the toilet in a separate room from the bath (I kinda like it!!), the bathroom had a window which when opened peeked into the loddy (ok, this one was weird for me!!), and close ups of the kitchen shutters, and more! I hope you check out the video.
After Spain, we flew to Rome, Italy and stayed at another apartment rental – which had 3 terraces, 1 with an outdoor spiral staircase that lead to our rooftop terrace with view of .. ready for this?…. the Vatican! Yes, THE Vatican. Stay tune for those pics and I hope you enjoyed this tour, thanks for stopping by! Ooooh, don’t forget about my Summer ‘Kiss’ Giveaway!
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