Archive for the ‘Barcelona’ Category


Posted on March 30th, 2010 by by Valerie

Exploring Barcelona

You must know Barcelona like the back of your hand, they say. Hmm…only yesterday, I walked down a narrow street in Gràcia (near where I live) that I’d never walked down before. And then we went to El Clot on an errand, got lost and drove all over Horta, winding up at the Vall d’Hebron […]


Posted on March 21st, 2010 by by Valerie

Trees of Barcelona

Spring. The city becomes green and leafy, the pavements dappled with sunlight. I have always loved the trees of Barcelona. Orange trees lining quiet side streets in Gràcia. Pines refreshing you with their cool tang as you ride the escalators to a concert at the Palau Sant Jordi. Shining tall palms silhouetted against the sky, […]

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Posted on March 17th, 2010 by by Valerie

Eating Barcelona

Whenever I’m asked what I most love about living here, the first answer that comes unbidden is usually: the food. It’s not just about the thousands of bars and cafes and restaurants, nor about eating out at all the ‘happening’ joints or fusion or Ferran Adrià. It’s the colourful cornucopia of the markets; the elaborate […]

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Posted on February 13th, 2010 by by Valerie

Barça Family

Having married into a family of cradle-to-grave Barcelona supporters, el Barça is naturally one of the main threads in the tapestry of my life here. My sons were carted to the Camp Nou almost before they could walk and talk. During summers in the mountains, I drove 15 kilometres of hairpin bends every day to […]

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Posted on January 29th, 2010 by by Valerie

Barcelona by the Sea

The part of Barcelona I most love is the seafront: the whole shebang, from Maremagnum to Diagonal Mar. I love walking down Avinguda Joan de Borbó early in the morning when the sea sparkles. The seafront is the outing of choice with friends and visitors, the perfect escape from computer-bound life in the Eixample. The […]

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