Barcelona Travel Tips to Reduce Overtourism – Local Tips to Help the Locals

2019-04-22T22:49:27+07:00By |

Barcelona travel tips to reduce overtourism and give back to locals rather than take away, include everything from avoiding the overcrowded sights and exploring lesser-visited neighbourhoods to visiting over the quieter winter and Christmas and New Year season. We thought it time to ask a local expert for some Barcelona travel tips to reduce overtourism …

Modernism in Mallorca – Where to See Catalan Art Nouveau on Mallorca

2016-09-06T15:38:48+07:00By |

Modernism in Mallorca? When we think of modernism and Spain the first place that tends to come to mind is Catalunya’s capital Barcelona and Antoni Gaudí. Many don’t realise that Mallorca is Catalan let alone that there are many fabulous examples of Catalan Modernism on the island. Modernism in Mallorca – Where to See Catalan …

Weekend in Barcelona Itinerary for Food and Wine Lovers

2019-04-22T22:37:36+07:00By |

Weekend in Barcelona? Yes, please. Barcelona has to be our favourite European city for a weekend getaway. When we lived in the Middle East we used to make a beeline for the Catalan capital the first chance we had. Oh how I wish we lived that close again! Now with the proliferation of low cost airlines, …

Cava and Catalan Cuisine, a Perfect Food and Wine Pairing

2018-05-14T12:35:02+07:00By |

Cava and Catalan cuisine are made for each other. Sparkling wines are usually sipped at celebrations, as aperitifs or with sweet desserts. But Cava, we discovered, on a wine trip through the Penedes, is one of the few bubblies that can be drank throughout an entire meal. Cava and Catalan Cuisine, a Perfect Food and Wine Pairing “You …

Barcelona — Just My Type

2018-05-10T16:23:33+07:00By |

Our recent trip to Barcelona and the Penedes wine region on magazine assignments was focused on Cava and Catalan food. But when we went to the Centro de Interpretación de Cava in Sant Sadurni D’Anoia, my attention turned to design and type for a while. As our small group started playing with the touch-screen applications on …

Our Bite Sized Barcelona and Catalunya Culinary Guide

2018-05-10T16:29:28+07:00By |

Our bite sized Barcelona and Catalunya culinary guide covers the best of our eating experiences of our recent trip, from the best cava sipping spots and wineries with tasting rooms and cellar doors to the best market walks, tapas bar hops, and restaurants in Barcelona and Catalunya. Beguiling Barcelona and its beautiful Catalan countryside tantalised our taste …

Social Travel and the Deregulation of the Travel Industry

2019-04-23T16:22:06+07:00By |

Social travel and the deregulation of the travel industry has been on my mind a lot since our recent trip to Barcelona, where we witnessed local protests against over tourism, illegal holiday rentals and anti-social behaviour. Recent events in Barcelona have had us pondering the role of the sharing economy in the rise of the …

We Are Barcelona Bound!

2014-11-13T10:39:47+07:00By |

This time tomorrow I’ll be starting to think about packing and a few hours later we’ll be heading to the airport for our flight to Barcelona via Guangzhou and Paris. We’re Barcelona bound! It’s been a few years since we were in Europe – our longest period away from the continent since we moved to …

A Grantourismo Guide to Love, Romance and Local Travel

2019-06-06T17:17:03+07:00By |

I was asked to craft a Grantourismo-style romantic city escape or luxury honeymoon holiday, a break focused firmly on love and romance but one involving a slow, local and experiential travel, and a lot of food and wine. Grantourismo's romantic city escapes and luxury honeymoon holidays Barcelona, Spain Stay The intimate ABaC Hotel, designed by architect Antoni de …

Gaggan: Where the Influence of Adrià and El Bulli is Felt in Bangkok

2018-12-17T16:56:12+07:00By |

It may be the end of an era at El Bulli, the world’s best restaurant, but it’s not the end of the world’s best chef Ferran Adrià’s influence on global cuisine, as Gaggan Anand’s Progressive Indian cuisine in Bangkok testifies. Last Saturday saw the closing of Spanish superstar chef Ferran Adrià’s restaurant El Bulli – …

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

2018-11-26T16:21:29+07:00By |

Aimed at helping travellers staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while, Price Check is a series of posts in which we reported every two weeks on the prices of groceries (no, not only beer) at each destination we stayed on our yearlong grand tour. This post is a comparison of …

My Best Foodie Travel Moments from our Grand Tour

2015-08-25T12:47:32+07:00By |

We did a hell of a lot of food-related activities over the last 12 months for Grantourismo. And my best foodie travel moments of the year didn’t occur while seated at a voguish restaurant… 1. Tasting cheese at Neal’s Yard Dairy in London. It’s not just the French who have fabulous cheeses! And yes, we …

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