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Gaudi’s homes, the one to live in

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Casa Batlló, a small castle submerged in the sea

Physically being inside Casa Batlló came as a surprise. I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting, perhaps a smaller version of Hearst Castle? Instead what you get is a poetry of light and shades, buttery wood,  organic shapes and strangely enough, nothing superfluous. There is no other option but to be acutely aware of the attention to detail. Even the presence of other tourists, do not manage to the take away the sense of intimacy the space provides. The rooftop and chimneys are built to awe but the living space inside is built to comfort and soothe. Management has put together an animation that interprets Gaudi’s vision for Casa Batlló and it is definitely worth seeing, I can only wish for its public release.

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November 28, 2013 at 9:41 pm

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Ice cream at Rocambolesc gelateria

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All the major restaurants are going to be closed during the day time so just plan on eating icecreams at Roca if you are planning a day trip to Girona. Ice cream calories don’t count on a holiday, do they?

Town of Girona. The river is flanked by the old town on both sides.

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October 25, 2013 at 6:38 am

La Tieta, a very local pub

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Biker on a break with a bottle of beer and crisps

We wound up here looking for Quimet y Quimet which was closed in spite of the promise of being open. That is perhaps the one and only irritating thing about Barcelona, the websites of businesses and reality are hardly ever in sync including train time tables. At least for restaurants, it is worthwhile to call and check, something we learnt to do after a few mishaps.

We would never know how good QyQ is but we were awfully glad that we ended up at La Tieta. This is a modern bodega as opposed to a traditional one like Quimet (not to be confused with QyQ). We don’t know any Spanish or Catalan and the proprietress didn’t know any English but we managed an order of beer, a tin of razor clams, Galician ham with potatoes, and foie gras over breadcrumbs marinated in sausage juices.

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October 23, 2013 at 7:56 pm

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Paella by the sea

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Paella is not quite the Barcelona thing. Our personal food advisor from Aborigens had steered clear of paella suggestions in Barcelona. However, sea food is so brilliant there that not eating sea food paella would have felt like a gap in the trip.  And give a Bengali a break, how can I say no to fish and rice, my dietary staple! We managed to coax a few recommendations out of our sidecar tour guide and picked one among them, Can Majó by the sea.

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October 23, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Dos cafés y chocolate caliente

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Interior of Lilipep

I am not sure why good coffee is hard to find in Barcelona. Ditto for chocolate. Perhaps the Cava is so cheap, seafood so exceptional and cheese so plentiful that people never get around to the coffee and chocolate part of the day.
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October 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Santa Maria Del Mar Church in El Born

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After lunching at CalPep, we headed to Santa Maria Del Mar Church in El Born which is only  a block away. Built in the traditional style of gothic churches around 1300s, this one burnt for 10 days during the Spanish Civil War in 1936. It was never restored to its original interior design resulting in a very bare and spacious feel inside, a visit to MNAC’s gothic collection and Barcelona Cathedral can be used for typical gothic church reference. This lightness inside is in complete contrast to the outside, where nearby buildings seem to encroach the church space causing a claustrophobic sensation.

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October 22, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Want to buy sneakers in Barcelona?

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October 22, 2013 at 6:01 pm

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