Barcelona Journals

Barcelona - Brilliant as Ever!

A June 2008 trip to Barcelona by morph!

Barcelona from above - cable car style! Photo, Barcelona, Spain More Photos
Quote: Back to Barcelona for the second time round, this city's somewhere you can go time and time again!

Barcelona - Brilliant as Ever!

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Barcelona from above - cable car style! Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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For a sunny city break by the side of the sea, Barcelona's the best destination I've ever been in! From strolling along wide shopping streets to sampling tapas in narrow alleys, Barcelona offers culture and cuisine, shore and shops - it's the perfect place to spend a week away.Must sees include Las Ramblas, the centre of everything 'touristy' in the city (hold on to your bags though - pickpockets are well aware of the place's popularity). The Sacrada Familia, Gaudi's still unfinished religious masterpiece is something that has to be seen and Park Guell - where Modernista style is applied to a park - is one of my favourite places in the world!I've been twice to this city now and onc...Read More

Estruch

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Restaurant | "Brilliant for Breakfast"

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A popular cafe across the Placa from Barcelona's old, Gothic cathedral, Estruch was where we chose to have breakfast most mornings. The food was lovely, the coffee strong and the ambience elegant. Sitting out on the terrace in the Spanish sunshine was a great way to start the day!The breakfast menu was full of pastries and we opted for crumbly chocolate croissants, with soft melting centres and flaky pastry shells. 1.50 euros wasn't too much for this open air treat! Fresh orange juice followed, a little dearer at 2.80 euros a glass. We finished our breakfasts by sitting a while over strong and hot coffee, cafe con leche (with milk) for me and espresso for my more daring friend. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 13, 2008

Brown 33

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Restaurant | "Modern Cuisine - I'll be Back here Again!"

Brown 33 Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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This was an amazing restaurant, one I'm very glad we found! Its interior was effortlessly cool and the food fabulous!The staff here were really helpful - when we arrived, although there were tables free, they offered us a seat while they cleared one with a view. There followed bread and olive oil while we made up our minds what to eat - I went for salted cod with petit pois. It wasn't typical Spanish cuisine and whoever cooked it had a creative streak. Sangria washed the meal down well!Coffee afterwards came in what looked like a crumpled paper cup - until we discovered it was ceramic! That pretty much summed up our eating out experience - everything seemed normal when you orde...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 13, 2008

Brown 33
Passeig de Gracia, 33
Barcelona

Museu del Perfum

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Attraction | "A Great Idea for a Museum!"

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Regia is well known in Barcelona as a great place to buy perfume. With many well-known brands jostling for space on the shelves it's a good place to stock up on presents. And if you're lacking inspiration, the perfume museum at the back of the shop will soon set that right!Quietly advertising itself via a small sign at the front of the shop, the one-room museum brings visitors on a tour of perfumes through the ages. If you're anyway 'girly' you'll be interested in this.My friend loved the ancient bottles of perfume at the front of the museum, while I concentrated on the cabinets of perfumes I recognised from today. It was so interesting seeing how the bottles we know so well ha...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 13, 2008

Museu del Perfum
Passeig de Gràcia, 39
Barcelona, Spain 08007
+34 93 2160146

Museu del Calçat

Attraction | "For When you Think you've Seen it All!"

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Tucked away in a tiny square off a narrow alley, beside the Gothic Cathedral, the shoe museum isn't the easiest place to locate. But having enjoyed seeing special shoes in Toronto's equivalent last summer, my friend and I were determined to find the Museu del Calcat!Armed with a map we wound our way through narrow streets and ended up at an unimposing little door with a small, old sign outside. I was unsure if it was even open!We payed our few euros entrance fee and once inside found ourselves in a small room filled with shoes. All the signs were in Spanish so it was hard to understand the significance of some exhibits. The man who sold us our tickets was more than helpful howe...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 13, 2008

Museu del Calçat
Plaça Sant Felip Neri, 5
Barcelona, Spain 08002
+34 93 3014533

Magic Fountain of Montjuic

Attraction | "A Must Do!"

Magic Fountain of Montjuic Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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This is something that has to be seen! We visited the 'Magic Fountain' on our last night in Barcelona and it's one of the most special things the city has to offer.Running from Thursday - Sunday nights during the summer, the action begins at 9pm. Fountains start and light up along the road to Placa del Republic metro station, before the Magic Fountain itself starts to spurt, changing colours and patterns for half an hour before the main event.All of a sudden, as it was getting dark, Beethoven's Ode to Joy began to play and the fountains 'performed' a choreographed 'dance.' It was an amazing display, with a multitude of colours and foam moving in every direction, changing with e...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 13, 2008

Magic Fountain of Montjuic
Avenida Maria Cristina
Montjuic, Barcelona, Spain 08004