Blog posts from Barcelona
where we stayed in Barcelona

where we stayed in Barcelona

Having only two nights in Barcelona, we were torn between staying at a standard Starwood property or (we thought) upgrading to swankier place like the ME Barcelona. In the end, swanky won out but we...

drinks and tapas in Barcelona

drinks and tapas in Barcelona

La Vinya del Senyor—This little place is right next to the La Seu Cathedral in the Gothic Quarter. On our first visit we were lucky (early) enough to score two stools at the bar and enjoy two...

a weekend in Barcelona

a weekend in Barcelona

While we were on our two-week Asia trip, American Airlines announced a double qualifying miles promotion through the end of Jan 2012. These EQMs are how we qualify for frequent flier perks like...

eat and drink in Barcelona

The following are some of the places where we ate during our week in Barcelona. Unlike most of the places we visit in the US, there are no websites to accompany these, so I'll give street locations...

Montserrat, the Santa Cova trail

One of my favorite parts of visiting Montserrat was the Santa Cova trail. Legend says that the Virgin was found in this cave and when the men tried to transport her to Manresa, she grew too heavy to...

Barcelona’s beaches

On Sunday, after our self-guided tour of Gaudi's buildings, walk down Passeig de Gracia, and tennis, we headed out to the waterfront to do some exploring. The Port Vell marina was stuffed with...

Gaudí in Barcelona

One of the things all the guidebooks tell you not to miss when you visit Barcelona is the various buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí, so on Sunday afternoon, before the (ultimately disappointing)...


Eric's conference took place in the Palau del Congressos building near Plaça d'Espanya, so I met him up there for lunch and to meander around the Montjuïc area in between sessions. Included in the...

Barri Gotic, La Ribera and El Born

On our first day in Barcelona, we walked all over the Barri Gotic, La Ribera and El Born neighborhoods. We really enjoyed the narrow streets and courtyards sprinkled throughout. We spent a little...

our Barcelona apartment, the good

Earlier, I wrote about some of the frustrating aspects of renting an apartment in Barcelona, but this post is about how much we loved having our own little place in the city. Even though the...

our Barcelona apartment, the bad

The experience of renting (and living in) an apartment in Barcelona for a week was both fantastic and frustrating. We booked the place online (of course) and had plenty of contact with the guy in...

where in the world are E & L?

Hi everyone! We have been back in the USA for under 24 hours and Eric is already on another plane back to NC for an interview. He will be checking in on our house and yard and I am praying that at...

our first day in Barcelona

Even though we slept until 11am this morning, we still managed to take advantage of Eric's one free day before the conference started. We walked all over Old Town down to the Barri Gotic Cathedral...

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