Summer in Europe, generally means lots of people, but it seems like most of them were in Barcelona! The weather was great, and it had been a while since we were in the ‘travel for fun’ mode, opposed to the travel for work/antiques. Luckily we had friends who were in the know and we made a few discoveries of our own too.
After deciding to walk away from the queue at the Picasso Museum we found the recently opened Musee Europeu d’Art Moderne – housing a collection of mostly figurative painting & sculpture. We discovered that it had only been open for one month; this beautiful 18thC palace with original forged iron railings, window grilles, majestic french doors & stone staircases won the FAD Decorative Arts Prize for the restoration of the building. Where possible the original paintwork, stucco, stencilling & decoration of the ceilings and walls was retained, my kind of restoration 🙂
A cool collection of art and a beautifully restored building always give me a tingle, and this kind of serendipitous discovery is what makes travel so memorable.
Art galleries can make you a little hungry…so we made a few discoveries in that area too! As a lover of all things rustic, we tend to be drawn to cafes and bistros that have that lived in feel. A delightful old world cafe in the Born district – in our view, was serving the best empanadas outside of Buenos Aires (and we love the empanadas in BA!)
El Born | Passeig del Born 26 | Barcelona, Catalonia
& if you need a cafe con leche (just like a flat white, but Spanish) try this truly antique hole-in-the-wall cafe where the old time locals pull up a stool, its been here since 1909, needless to say the coffee was great. Mesón del Café C/ Libreteria, 16, 08002 Barcelona
For dinner we found some great options in the restaurants that are housed in the Santa Cantarina Market. This ‘mercat’ just near Place Nova has a less chaotic feel that most food markets, but the choice and atmosphere is still great – a modern open space, mixed menu & teen/kid friendly place to dine in.
Santa Caterina Market – Carrer d’En Giralt El Pellisser, 2, Barcelona
The most well-known of all markets in Barcelona is the La Boqueria Food Market just off the La Rambla. If you are after the hustle and bustle and some tantalising stalls of food along with sweet temptations this is the place for you…
And for architecture & design buffs one can’t help but be overwhelmed and fall in some kind of crazy love with Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece La Sagrada Famalia… majestic church windows…and a few images of his apartments,
the fabulous Park Guell…
Lovers of tiles & mosaics will not be disappointed…
Hopefully I will be back before too long, here’s a local link to see whats on if you are planning a visit soon! x Brooke