Barcelona—A blend of tradition and innovation

Barcelona’s ability to blend tradition and innovation in art, architecture and food is well-evidenced by the the Seussian architecture of Antoni Gaudí and newer designs from Jean Nouvel and Herzog & de Meuron, the work of 20th-century icons Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí, and an infusion of great restaurants. Bordered by mountains on one side [...]

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Good Value Hotels- Great for Solo traveller, family, budget conscience

The NH HOTEL CHAIN, particularly its Sanvy  Hotel is one of my favorite finds. Well priced, clean, perfectly located next to the Hard Rock and Hotel Fenix it is part of the consistent, well priced NH chain-which has hotels throughout Spain and is growing in Italy. One word of suggestion-when you pick an NH, check [...]

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When You’ve had enough Jamon-Thai Food in Spain

I never thought I’d write a blog about asian food in Spain but then I recommended Thai Gardens to a friend going to Madrid and I realized that good asian food exists in Spain. So go to Thai Gardens when you need a break from ham and shrimp and paella. And their website is really [...]

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El Tragaluz-A mixed bag in Barcelona

When El Tragaluz first opened it was new, fresh different. Atmosphere was a little “too-too” for me-I wanted the real Barcelona experience, very local. When I was last there (and to be fair its been a bit-so others pls jump in!) it was mixed. It’s not El Bulli or even Congreco Loco but these are [...]

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Arts Hotel-Living on the Sea

I remember when The Arts Hotel was empty and they’d bounce you into a suite for about $125 a night. No more. The Ritz Carlton took it over, marketed it and now its always busy. But worth it. Situated in the heart of Porto Olympico, its surround by the sea, restaurants, clubs, not much shopping [...]

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7 Portes-Great Traditional Seafood Fare in Amazing Building

So much great seafood in Barcelona, cheap, funky, formal, dress up, white table cloth, eat with your fingers….but 7 Portes combines the best with old world, great architecture, great people watching (the whose who of Barcelona). The sea bass baked in Salt is one of the best in town and you can go here after [...]

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Congreco Loco-The “Crazy Crab” knows how to rock and roll

Beofre the Olympics, The Catalans used “turn their backs to the sea” But that all changed with the Olympics and all the development at the port from the Maremagnum to the Porto Olympico area.  Maremagnum has had its ups and downs and I would love to get someone’s recent feedback..but Porto Olympico has evoled and [...]

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