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Any Catalan in here?

I am looking for some informations about Barcelona and around. I heard it is great in summer!

I would like to have some answers about some very specific questions of travelling there with 2 young kids...

If someone can help me to get some informations, I would really appreciate it!

Drop me a line!

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Re: Any Catalan in here?

One joined the forum a few months ago.

She doesn't post much, but she's been online within the last week or so.

You could ask her?
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Old 19.03.2011, 14:23
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Re: Any Catalan in here?

Here's a similar thread (though not travel-oriented):
Hi! Any other Catalans around?

For travel questions, you are probably much better off asking on a dedicated travel forum, like this one:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/index.jspa
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Re: Any Catalan in here?

Not sure if I can help... I was born in Barcelona, I have family there and I visit quite often. Let me know if there is anything that I might be able to help you with.
Best city in the world, but I'm biased.
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Nah you're not it probably is and I am not even Spanish, ehem sorry Catalan
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Re: Any Catalan in here?

Your next destination?
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Old 19.03.2011, 15:51
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Not sure if I can help... I was born in Barcelona, I have family there and I visit quite often. Let me know if there is anything that I might be able to help you with.
Best city in the world, but I'm biased.

Apologies for the thread Hi/jack but..

What are the top things you must go and see or do in Barcelona ? I am going for a week in May, my boyfriend is doing a training course there and will be alone most of the time during the day so need to keep myself entertained .

Do you have any restaurant recommendations I haven't had tapas for years...
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Re: Any Catalan in here?

Not even close to Catalan, but I love, love, love Barcelona.
I don't know about travel with kids though.
We've stayed at totally fancy Ritz hotel (way too pricey but it was our honeymoon), also at the Princess (I think) way down at the Olympic park, and someplace near-ish the university.

I can't remember the names of restaurants either (I must be going senile), but there are tapas everywhere. Lots of nice places down by the water....

It's nice in summer because people are out late. One of the things I've always been impressed with in Spain - in both Madrid and Barcelona - because people eat so late, they're often out late walking as a family - in the Olympic park or in the big park in Madird. It's hot in summer, but because you're near the sea - it's not going to be blistering.
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Apologies for the thread Hi/jack but..

What are the top things you must go and see or do in Barcelona ? I am going for a week in May, my boyfriend is doing a training course there and will be alone most of the time during the day so need to keep myself entertained .

Do you have any restaurant recommendations I haven't had tapas for years...
Off the top of my head.

See:
Gaudí's work... Sagrada familia, La Pedrera, Parque Güell and Casa Batlló.
The Modernist Architecture tour is great.
The beach should be an option may. It's one of the nicest city beaches you will find.
Museums... MACBA (contemporary art), Fundación Miró and Fundación Tapies.
The cathedral and a church called Santa Maria del Mar (my favorite)

Stroll:
Around Port Bel, the boardwalk, barrio "El Born", La Rambla, Montjuic....

Eat:
At the restaurant in Mercado de Santa Caterina, La Champagneria (stand up meal and you have to get there early... an incredible experience if you are hungry and thirsty for cava), Sagardi (Basque Tapas... very cool place, drink some xacoli), Tragaluz and it's Japanesse version (Japones del Tragaluz), Cerveceria Catalana (tapas) and Los Caracoles (rotisserie and great atmosphere)

Worth while day trips:
To the North - Cadaques (beautiful village on the coast) and Figueres (Dalí)
To the South - Sitges (fun beach town)

That should get you started... have fun.
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Re: Any Catalan in here?

Interesting may also be a half day trip to Montserrat (outside Barcelona, at 1 hr more or less) - for the monastery and the scenery alike. In Barcelona do not forget Les Rambles, Plaça Catalunya and Plaça Espanya
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Old 19.03.2011, 19:31
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Re: Any Catalan in here?

I love love love Barcelona. It's a dream city. But frankly las Ramblas is a not nice at all. It's annoying. Skip it and/or hold on tight to your possessions when you are there.

My favorite restaurant of all time is Espai Sucre. Not sure it's really for kids though. It's quite special. Get the wine pairing. The wines and the breads are just delicious as well as the food.
http://www.espaisucre.com
Having looked it up it seems to be quite trendy now, which is always a shame. Sometimes when small yummy restaurants get popular the quality goes down. Anyway, if anyone goes let me know if it's still good.
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Re: Any Catalan in here?

My husband and I love Barcelona. We went there in October last year to recover from 5 1/2 weeks of in-laws .

Not much use in the 'useful' stuff, but our absolute piece of heaven was this place a couple of hours out of Barcelona in the Costa Brava. Maybe treat yourself and husband to a break post baby
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Re: Any Catalan in here?

Hi there
I am from Barcelona. abrsive listed most of my favourites places, recommended to any visitor J
Places for eat, sure don’t miss Sagardi at El Born (the tapas lounge and also the restaurant, just the next door). Also original tapas at Paco Meralgo . I would add the restaurant Cinc Sentits.
For a nice coffee break Café Zurich, at a corner in Pl. Catalunya, just when Las Ramblas begins. This place is kind of institution in Barcelona, but sometimes a bit noisy… Just 5 min. walking from there is Hotel Pulitzer. The ‘cafeteria’, enjoys a quite atmosphere and have very comfortable seats, …
And for an amazing view on the city I would pay a visit to coffee-bar Mirablau, (http://www.mirablaubcn.com/es/index.php)
Well, agree with miniMia, I don’t like Las Ramblas. Much better walk around Gracia, a nice ‘barrio’ starting close to Parc Gaudi, plenty of sunny ‘plazas’, terraces and lot of small places for eating / drinking, maybe not so re-named as the ones you can find in the city center, but sure very friendly atmosphere…
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Re: Any Catalan in here?

I'm English but I used to live in Barcelona.
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You can't be perfect....

Where did you live?
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Where did you live?
In Gava Mar and a street called Carrer de Trullols (google it)
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Re: Any Catalan in here?

Good call on Mirablau and Cafe Zurich, Boudicca... they are both key spots. Also, I would like to state that I do "NOT" like Las Ramblas, but it's definitely an important part of the city. It has already been stated, but it's worth re-iterating that Las Ramblas is a pick pocketing Disney World... so keep an eye on things.
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I am looking for some informations about Barcelona and around. I heard it is great in summer!

I would like to have some answers about some very specific questions of travelling there with 2 young kids...

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Off the top of my head.

Worth while day trips:
To the North - Cadaques (beautiful village on the coast) and Figueres (Dalí)

That should get you started... have fun.
If you're in Cadaques and/or Figueres, don't miss to go to Port Lligat, which is a small village by the coast where Dali actually lived, and where his house was turned into a museum.

You won't regret it...
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