Activities in Barcelona: Las Festes de Santa Eulàlia
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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 …

Where to Eat in Barcelona: La Paradeta
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Where to Eat in Barcelona: La Paradeta

The best fish restaurant in Barcelona.  Another no-frills joint, my kind of place!  Known affectionately by my friends as the ‘pointy fish place’ this restaurant behind the old Born market is a must for seafood lovers. On entering you are greeted by a fresh fish stall, packed with delights from clams, crabs & oysters to …

Activities in Barcelona: EatWith Marta & Cook Paella
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Activities in Barcelona: EatWith Marta & Cook Paella

You’ve gawped at Gaudi’s works, peeked in the Picasso Museum & rambled down La Rambla. And now you’re hungry. But perhaps you are hoping for something a little more authentic than the pre-packed, frozen paellas offered in many tourist traps. How about learning to cook paella for yourself, in the home of a local teacher? …

Keep Looking Back at 2014?  Look Forward to 2015!
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Keep Looking Back at 2014? Look Forward to 2015!

As we usher in a new year, shake off the inevitable hangovers, grimace at our waistlines and look ahead at the year to come, many of us also look back on the previous year.  We assess our achievements, successes, adventures and the missed opportunities.   2014 was my second full year living in Barcelona.  I had …

Where to drink in Barcelona: Tasca el Corral
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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 …

Exploring Catalunya: Wine Tasting in Penedès
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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 …

True integration into Catalan Society: an impossible dream?
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True integration into Catalan Society: an impossible dream?

I have lived in Barcelona now for 2 years, and I have realised during my time here that the number of foreign people I know far exceeds the number of Spanish, and especially Catalan, people I have become friends with. This poses an interesting conundrum to me, in my quest to become a true Barcelonian. …

Ten Simple Pleasures of Travelling
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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, …