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Where to Eat in Barcelona: el dinàmic

Where to Eat in Barcelona: el dinàmic

One Saturday early evening, after a planned trip to the cinema was thwarted by a huge queue, we came upon el dinàmic in Sant Antoni. An open plan restaurant with high ceilings, we chose a table on the mezzanine level, overlooking the rest of the restaurant. Friendly service, a homely atmosphere and comfort food warmly greeted us. We chose two of the small tostades to start with – one marinated salmon & one butifarra sausage – which at 2 euros each…

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Activities in Barcelona – The Barcelona Taste Tour

Activities in Barcelona – The Barcelona Taste Tour

If you are planning your first visit to Barcelona, deciding on where to eat can be a challenge. The city is bursting with literally thousands of bars, restaurants and cafes, all potentially offering the best food money can buy. Or not. The choice is overwhelming, and as a tourist in an unfamiliar city there is a tendency to either follow your Lonely Planet Guide to the letter, probably ensuring a pleasant trip, alongside your fellow panicked tourists who followed exactly…

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Activities in Barcelona: Monestir de Pedralbes

Activities in Barcelona: Monestir de Pedralbes

If you are a lover of religious buildings then the Monestir de Pedralbes (Pedralbes Monastery) should be on your list to visit. Even if not, it makes for a very peaceful afternoon, and there is free entry every Sunday after 3pm, or all day on the 1st Sunday of the month. Ask the attendant on the way in for the audio guide, for just 60 centimos you’ll learn a lot more as you go around. The pretty gardens in the centre…

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Activities in Barcelona: Admiring Modernist Architecture

Activities in Barcelona: Admiring Modernist Architecture

The magnificent Hospital Santa Creu i Sant Pau is the largest example of modernist architecture in the World. Lluís Domènech i Montaner’s medical complex is stunning, and its hard to imagine in these days of boring practicality that it was, until 2009, a fully functioning hospital. The healthcare activities that once filled the maze of buildings have been transferred to a modern building in the same grounds, and now, through ongoing restoration, the original buildings are a fabulous showcase for…

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Exploring Catalunya: Roman Ruins in Tarragona

Exploring Catalunya: Roman Ruins in Tarragona

The Romans certainly left their mark on Catalunya; and nowhere more so than in Tarragona, the Roman capital of Catalunya.  Within easy reach of Barcelona, about an hour by train, Tarragona, or Tarraco as it was called then, is well worth a visit.  Smaller & less hectic than the big city, it makes a pleasant day trip or weekend visit. I took the train from Barcelona down to Tarragona, but be careful which train you take.   The high speed Ave…

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Exploring Catalunya: Wine Tasting in Penedès

Exploring Catalunya: Wine Tasting in Penedès

Penedès is THE wine region of Cataluyna. Considered one of the best wine producing regions in Spain (after Rioja), Penedès produces a dazzling array of wines and cavas. Torres is the largest & best-known winery in Spain, and from their base in Penedès they export wine such as Viña Sol and Sangre de Toro all over the world. Still a family run business, the company has grown exponentially from its foundation in 1870, to a huge multinational business, and was awarded…

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Where to Drink in Barcelona: Rubi Bar & Restaurant

Where to Drink in Barcelona: Rubi Bar & Restaurant

A fantastic bar hidden in the maze of streets in the Born.  Like La Isla de Muerta it can only be found by those who knows where it is…. Although that’s clearly not true I can only find it by retracing the same route every time, if I try another way I always get lost!  Renowned for their gin and tonics, I prefer the mojitos, especially the strawberry ones.  Great value at €3.50 for a normal mojito, and €5 for a…

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Exploring Catalunya: A Beach & Spa Weekend on the Costa Brava

Exploring Catalunya: A Beach & Spa Weekend on the Costa Brava

One of the best weekends I have had in a long time. That is how I would describe my jaunt up the Catalan coast to the beautiful Platja d’Aro.  It was a girly weekend, and all four of us had our own reasons for deserving a break and needing to get away from it all.  It was the middle of May and the weather was starting to warm up, and after some research on booking.com to find a hotel with…

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Ten Simple Pleasures of Travelling

Ten Simple Pleasures of Travelling

There are many simple pleasures in life, that don’t require any technology, hard work or complicated designs.  And for me, most of these can be found through travelling.  I was planning to just do a top 5 list but there are just too many pleasurable aspects to travel!  The sheer joy of discovering something new, leaving your daily grind back in the city, and breathing fresh air somewhere else….. just get me on a plane! 1. The moment you get…

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Exploring Catalunya: A Waterfall Adventure in Campdevánol

Exploring Catalunya: A Waterfall Adventure in Campdevánol

If you follow my blog regularly you will know I am a fan of social networks as a way of meeting people and doing things I might not normally do.  So, feeling a little restless and in need of adventure I decided to get back on the Meetup wagon as I hadn’t done anything with them for a while.  After browsing the meetups on offer I selected one from the aptly named Enjoy Barcelona & Catalonia group.  The group’s organiser…

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