Barcelona: Gaudi’s Casa Batlló

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.” WeContinue reading “Barcelona: Gaudi’s Casa Batlló”

Barcelona: Sweet Treats

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 I bought some to try. GuimauveContinue reading “Barcelona: Sweet Treats”

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

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 itContinue reading “Barcelona: Best Paella at Sta Maria Del Mar Bar – Restaurant”

Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia

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 anContinue reading “Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia”

Barcelona: Dinner at La Fonda Del Port Olimpic

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 whole host of possibilitiesContinue reading “Barcelona: Dinner at La Fonda Del Port Olimpic”

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, siblings LaContinue reading “Barcelona: Hotel Arts Barcelona”

Barcelona: La Boqueria Market

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. Even if I wasContinue reading “Barcelona: La Boqueria Market”

Around Barcelona, Xurreria, La Manual Alpargatera

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 passedContinue reading “Around Barcelona, Xurreria, La Manual Alpargatera”

Barcelona: Park Güell

The places I most wanted to see in Barcelona were the works of famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Right after Montserrat we went to Park Güell, a park he designed initially as a housing complex. We entered through the secondary entrance which was near the parking of all the tour buses. This thick and heavy metal gateContinue reading “Barcelona: Park Güell”

Barcelona: Day Tour Part 1 – Montserrat

One of the most popular attractions in Barcelona is the famous pilgrimage site up in Montserrat, a mountain located 30 miles from the city and houses the Abbey of Montserrat and La Montera or the Black Virgin. We booked a day tour with Barcelona Day Tours that also included an afternoon city tour. Since our groupContinue reading “Barcelona: Day Tour Part 1 – Montserrat”