Barcelona: El Prat Airport and Spain Highlights

Barcelona-El Prat Airport

Goodbye Barcelona! Goodbye Spain! It was a quick 8 day trip that started in Madrid and a quick stop to Bilbao on our way to beautiful seaside San Sebastian and ended with the best in Barcelona. Barcelona's airport was nice and modern but the real reason for this post is my most important tip to ... [Read More]

Barcelona: Tapas 24 & Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

Tapas 24 - XORICOS OEUS DE PATATA (French Fries with chorizo & fried egg) €12

My dreams of dining at El Buli will never be realized now that the famous restaurant of Ferran Adrià  has closed it's doors. I tried desperately to get reservations at Tickets, the tapas bar in Barcelona Adrià opened with his brother. Reservations for a group of 16 was impossible so I tried it for 4 ... [Read More]

Barcelona: Gaudi’s Casa Batlló

Casa Batllo Gaudi Barcelona

We had a free day and Rochelle and I chose to go shopping along the famous Passeig de Gracia. I don't even remember where my other cousins went. When we went out one store and was about to cross the street Rochelle looked ahead and said, "That looks like a house Gaudi would design." We quickly ... [Read More]

Barcelona: Sweet Treats

bubo degustacioncarlosmampel

Right after our super delicious lunch at Santa Maria del Mar Restaurant we went in bubó, a pastry shop by Catalan pastry chef Carles Mampel,  which was nearby. I've never seen so may different colors and unique flavors of marshmallows before. I wonder what gourmet marshmallows tasted like. I wish ... [Read More]

Barcelona: Best Paella at Sta Maria Del Mar Bar – Restaurant

Paella Negra

If you've been following my European Vacation posts on this blog you must think we are the most boring diners since almost all of our meals in Spain include paella. That's because we love paella and we've been obsessed looking for the BEST paella. This was our last paella in Spain and thank goodness ... [Read More]

Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia

Basilica De La Sagrada Familia (Nativity Facade)

For me the most important attraction in my entire European vacation was La Sagrada Familia. I was just awed by Antoni Gaudi's masterpiece and the history behind it. The most important tip I can give to anyone planning to go to Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) is to buy your tickets online and to get ... [Read More]

Barcelona: Dinner at La Fonda Del Port Olimpic

La Fonda Del Port Olimpic- arroz negro (black rice)

Before parting with with our tour guide Marta we asked her for her restaurant recommendation at the Olympic Marina. She suggested La Fonda Del Port Olimpic so that's where we went. It was a short walk from my cousins' hotel. The Olympic Village is a young neighbourhood which offers visitors a ... [Read More]

Barcelona: Hotel Arts Barcelona

Hotel Arts Barcelona

In Barcelona our big group of 15 stayed in three different hotels depending on each one's budget. Rochelle, Sharon & I stayed in AC Hotel Sants which was moderately priced, sized and quite clean. Houma and her two sons stayed in the middle of La Ramblas at Hotel Barcelona House. My two cousins, ... [Read More]

Barcelona: La Boqueria Market

Mercat La Boqueria-031

I've read from several sources that the best food can be found in La Boqueria Market in Barcelona. Aside from selling all sorts of produce, fish, cured meats and candies there were also several tapas bars in the market. We went to La Boqueria right after eating churros and espadrilles shopping. ... [Read More]

Around Barcelona, Xurreria, La Manual Alpargatera

xurros de xocolata €1.20-100 grams

Our day tour of Barcelona booked with Barcelona Day Tours and led by the fountain of knowledge named Marta took us to Montserrat, Park Güell and ended with a drive around famous places around Barcelona. We opt not to go to Sagrada Familia since we were going there on our own the next day. We ... [Read More]