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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: Las Festes de Santa Eulàlia

Activities in Barcelona: Las Festes de Santa Eulàlia

The story of Santa Eulàlia is not a happy one.  With this weekend hosting the festival celebrations in her name I thought it was high time to learn more about her. One of the two patron saints of Barcelona, (along with our Lady of Mercy), Eulàlia was the young martyr who suffered horrific torture at the hands of the Romans when she refused to renounce her Christian faith.  As the legend goes, During the persecution of the Christians during the…

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Where to drink in Barcelona: Tasca el Corral

Where to drink in Barcelona: Tasca el Corral

Carrer de la Mercè is a fantastic street for bars & tapas restaurants; and if you fancy some cider and cheap & cheerful service then this is your place. Another no-frills bar with simple rustic & delicious food, to be washed down with a bottle of cider or the local speciality ‘leche de pantera’ (panther milk). The staff are friendly, and patient, posing for photos as they pour the cider as should be done – from a height! Then cheerfully…

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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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The Trials and Tribulations of Flat Sharing

The Trials and Tribulations of Flat Sharing

I am no stranger to sharing living accommodation – as a child I lived with my family, when I left for university I lived in shared student accommodation & a variety of shared houses; but I imagined that once I entered the Real World, and got a Real Job, that somehow things would be different.  I thought I would perhaps buy somewhere to live, live on my own, or live with a partner; but I certainly did not think I would…

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