Lunch on the way from Barcelona to Carcassonne

With help from a suggestion from a new friend who owns a B&B near Leon, we stopped in the delightful seaside town of Begur, Spain today where we found lunch at the wonderful hotel and restaurant “Galena,” located on the edge of the village but with a wonderful view of the rolling landscape to the […]

Barcelona’s Cathedral

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia (Catalan: Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia, Spanish: Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia), also known as Barcelona Cathedral, is the Gothic cathedral and seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona, Spain. The cathedral was constructed throughout the 13th to 15th centuries, with […]

Columbus in Barcelona

Not only is there a huge statue of Christopher Columbus near the harborfront in Barcelona, but there is a small square near the former royal apartments that also has a connection with the famed explored and so-called discoverer of America. From the top of the huge bronze statue of Columbus, built in 1887-88 in time […]

How Not to travel in Europe

Our current guests make no apologies for being fans of popular author and television personality Rick Steves. Rick has made a career out of showing tourists “Europe through the Back Door.” Unfortunately, this usually means crappy hotels, tiny rooms, awful restaurants, indifferent service and all-around a waste of money and the total ruination of once […]

The Amazing Modernist Architecture of Barcelona, Spain

A movement swept through this city in the period between 1890 and 1920 and it resulted in dozens of incredible structures being erected all throughout this most unique European city. To wander the streets of Barcelona is to be stunned again and again by incredible feats of artistry in brick, mortar, stone and iron. Here […]

Shopping, mailing, heart attack in Spain

OK so we fall victim sometimes (but not often) to the horrible expenses and heart attacks which follow a shopping escapade in Europe. Now we have to send the items we bought back to our shop in Sarasota. In we go to a small post office in a small town outside of Barcelona. After half […]

Japanese Tapas in Barcelona

IMG_0154 Just click on the link above. Jenean is enjoying her Japanese Tapas! Our first night in Barcelona as we wait for our clients to arrive tomorrow was spent right next door to our hotel, the “Five Rooms” just north of the famous Ramblas district. It was raining. We were tired. Jenean is on a […]

Next Adventure Starts June 1

Our next trip will start with Art and Carol Casement arriving on June 1st at Barcelona’s airport. We’ll be staying two nights in the heart of Barcelona, which by the way has Europe’s largest contiguous medieval quarter plus fantastic architecture and nightlife. We’ll then travel north to Carcasonne, France (our second visit in as many […]