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Rough ‘n’ Tumble Rugby in Céret

Rough ‘n’ Tumble Rugby in Céret

There is a sporting language that everyone speaks in Southern France and it’s not football – in the name of living like locals we go to watch a local game of rugby in Céret. In the region of France where we’re currently staying, many people...
To Market To Market — in Barcelona

To Market To Market — in Barcelona

Strolling through local markets on our travels is as much a form of sightseeing as it is a shopping trip or another chance to eat out. Especially in Barcelona, where the markets are so wonderful. Taking in the dazzling displays of freshly-caught seafood and fish,...
Eating Out in Barcelona: Contemporary Catalan Cuisine

Eating Out in Barcelona: Contemporary Catalan Cuisine

The contemporary Catalan cuisine scene in Barcelona makes the city one of the best food destinations in the world. The dishes coming out of Barcelona’s kitchens are often wildly creative, yet utilise locally sourced ingredients with a nod to dishes of the past, reinterpreted with...
Spanish Wine and the 99 cent Wine Box: the Local Verdict

Spanish Wine and the 99 cent Wine Box: the Local Verdict

Spanish wines, and especially Catalunyan wines, are wonderful – and affordable. Go to the wine section of El Corte Inglés or specialised wine shops such as Vila Viniteca and Lavinia and you can buy a decent quaffer for around five euros, a nice drop for...
Barcelona’s best neighbourhoods

Barcelona’s best neighbourhoods

Barcelona, like Paris and London, is really a city of villages, each distinct neighbourhood boasting its own unique identity and character. Once you’re satisfied you’ve seen enough city sights, leave the Ciutat Vella (Old Town) and Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) and amble over to one...
Afternoon Chocolate Delight recipe

Afternoon Chocolate Delight recipe

One of our most memorable dining experiences last year was a degustation meal at Cinc Sentits, the restaurant of Michelin-starred chef Jordi Artal, a Catalan-Canadian chef residing in Barcelona. Not only is Jordi one of Spain finest culinary talents, he has achieved success without formal...
Barcelona’s Shutter Art and Garage Door Graffiti

Barcelona’s Shutter Art and Garage Door Graffiti

Stroll the Barrio Gótico (Gothic Quarter) during the afternoon siesta or late at night when the shops are shut, or amble around Ribera-El Born, Raval and Gracia when the bars are closed, and you’ll notice Barcelona’s shutter art and garage door graffiti – vibrantly painted...
Tortilla de Cebolla, Chorizo al Vino, Gambas Ajillo, Recipes

Tortilla de Cebolla, Chorizo al Vino, Gambas Ajillo, Recipes

Weekend eggs in Barcelona? Well, the fact is that most people don’t eat eggs for breakfast here, and there is no particular egg dish or ‘signature’ Barcelona breakfast eggs as there is in other cities. But what people do eat here, from breakfast till dinner...
Gins and Cocktails in Barcelona

Gins and Cocktails in Barcelona

After learning that the much-hyped Inopia Classic Bar, owned by superstar chef Ferran Adrià’s brother, was closed for a private function earlier this week, we went across the road to what we thought was just an average neighbourhood bar in what is a fairly nondescript...
Barcelona’s Charming Old Shop Fronts

Barcelona’s Charming Old Shop Fronts

In Barcelona, like Rome and Paris, the antique façades of the shops and cafés are just as easy on the eye as the goodies inside. These are some of my favourites that I’ve spotted over the last 10 days. They’re in El Born and the...