Today was our last day in Barcelona, living a Travelife.
We decided to spend it doing some shopping at the La Roca Village outlet mall, which is about 30 minutes away from Barcelona proper.
THE CHIC OUTLET SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
This is part of the Chic Outlet Shopping Villages in Europe. They also have outlet shopping villages in Madrid and in Ingolstadt, Germany.
But the Barcelona one has nice local upscale and midrange brands beginning with luxury leather purveyor Loewe at the top all the way to Dessigual for midrange.
EVERYTHING ELSE BUT SHOPPING
Until today, we had been very good about shopping. Or actually, about not shopping.
Instead, we concentrated on the food, the art, the museums and the history. In Spain, living a Travelife.
I said to S today: "We can shop guilt free because this is the first proper day of shopping since we arrived in Spain. And it is almost the end of our trip."
S was quick to remind me: "What about the bag at the Loewe store in Valencia?"
VISITING THE LOEWE STORE IN VALENCIA
Yes, in Valencia a few days ago, we visited the Loewe store in the center of the old town after a nice paella lunch.
None of us were planning to get anything, but our guide had suggested seeing the Loewe store as it was designed by celebrity interior designer Peter Marino.
My close friends all know that I am partial to only two kinds of bags, and I have never looked at another bag ever since.
But this Amazona bag was beautiful. So perfect for a Travelife, I thought.
MY LUCKY DAY
And maybe it was my lucky day. But the Travel Companion said to me: "Pick one of those as an advanced birthday gift."
So I picked a beautiful black Amazona bag with silver hardware, with surprising spaciousness. But as this was a gift, I did not think it counted as real shopping.
THE EASY AND LUXE WAY
And today, we hired a car to take us to the outlet and wait for us.
There is a free shuttle that goes from Barcelona to the La Roca Village as well, but we decided to do the stylish and comfortable route via a private car.
Besides, my two friends were anticipating major shopping already, so a car was a more sensible choice.
When we got to La Roca, a VIP shopping experience awaited.
We began the morning with wonderful pink champagne at the VIP lounge, and we were also given a VIP shopping discount card.
What a dangerous combination pink champagne on a hot day and a VIP shopping discount card can be, at the La Roca Village in Barcelona, living a Travelife.
More on the LaRoca Village shopping experience coming up soon.