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40 Nelson Road
New Malden

My name is Rachel Carr and I started This Is Carrt in 2014 when my husband's job moved to Germany and I decided to give up my day job in the city and go with him on the adventure! I had always loved to travel and write, and was also passionate about photography so one day I sat down and mingled all three of them on this website and my Etsy page. I write about a wide range of things like how to cope with airline hand luggage allowances to what to wear to any destination wedding. However, when I write up a holiday destination, there are more often than not a few common themes linking what are otherwise very different places:

1) Food. I love to eat. It structures my day to day life as well as any trip that I go on. I think food is a great way to start to experience a new culture as well as meeting new people.

2) Value. I don't get swayed by places to be seen and clothing to be seen in for the sake of it. I hate being ripped off. Be that by a fiver or by hundreds of pounds. If an activity or an excursion I go on is expensive but an amazing experience, I will still highly recommend it, but won't recommend it simply because it is deemed luxury.

3) Beauty. I love looking at pretty things. They don't have to have a purpose!

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From Barcelona with Love

Our Blog - Dedicated to Travel, Food, Lifestyle and Fashion

With a love of travel and writing as well as a passion for photography, this blogsite and my Etsy page mingles all three.

From Barcelona with Love

Rachel Carr

Recently I was lucky enough to go on a trip to one of my favourite cities in Europe: Barcelona. My partner in crime and I had a wonderful stay and tried to experience the city as a true native. Having both been to Barcelona before, we stayed clear of the tourist traps. As a consequence, this week's collection of limited edition prints are not awash with Gaudi, the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell images. Instead, Miss W and I ate our body weight in tapas, drank liters of wine (and bubbles courtesy of our hotel) and walked miles soaking up the European city that seems to have it all: swathes of culture, excellent food, a sociable climate and a beach to boot! We were incredibly fortunate with the weather, given it was November when we visited, and as a result, snapping away was that much easier. I found it difficult to stop taking photos of our food and I am now nigh on obsessed with intricate cast iron street lights. 

We stayed at the Hotel Arts, which would have been lovely enough in itself, but Lady Luck was travelling with Miss W and me so we were put up in a very plush apartment. It was fantastic to be indulged and see how the other half live for a couple of days. Think a trillion thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, bathrooms the size of an average London flat, and views spanning the coast (with a complimentary telescope for all your nosey neighbour needs). I couldn't recommend a trip to this hotel, and the magnificent city it resides in enough!


Rachel, x

PS Sorry for the token Serrano ham pictures. I am addicted.

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