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The dazzling pastries of Cédric Grolet at the Meurice

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B A R C E L O N A MX: mmm… xocolata!

C I T I N E R A R I E S | Barcelona MX: mmm… xocolata!

We’ve planned this day for a trip to Figueres, waked up early in the morning and were at Passeig de Gràcia railway station late enough to miss the express train, so decided to sweeten our day at the Gran Via Escribà that had a special place in my culinary memory…

FELICIDADES PAPA…and a sweet reminder for Father’s Day too!

mxContinued our culinary itinerary to The Boqueria for a fresh juice, through Barri Gòtic to the Chocolate Museum.
Doh! The museum is closed on Tuesdays, we should have stayed with the original plan that had the Chocolate Day for Wednesday… So we took a peek at the Pastry School, sweet, keep the museum on the wish list and learn more about what we’ve missed in the Virtual Museum.

From here we entered the huge greenery of Parc de la Ciutadella.
We’ve passed by Castell dels Tres Dragons designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner for the Universal Exhibition of 1888, now the Museum of Zoology.
We’ve continued our Parc de la Ciutadella walk past the Arc de Triomf gate, stopped at a little playground, the Cascada Fountain, and the Stone Mammoth… It was a nice stroll in a beautiful park, and for the next visit we’ll set aside more time for a statue scavenger hunt. Now we were looking for a gate to the beach and we found the entrance to the Zoo!

Barcelona Zoo was a very nice surprise. We didn’t plan for it, but the home of Snowflake is such a lovely zoo with a dolphinarium, Montserrat Mountain, aviary kitchen … and a wonderful wooden playground too!

Tabblo: 2009.07.Barcelona.Zoo

There is a Picasso itinerary we had in mind but didn’t make it, adding it to the wish list: the Picasso Museum and Homenatge a Picasso by Antoni Tàpies. Checking the virtual tour of the houses Picasso lived and worked in Barcelona.

For something new we wanted to end the day in Poble Nou, at the beach and restaurant, preferably a combination of both. We didn’t find a restaurant to like on the beach, but we’ve enjoyed them both separately. Next time we’ll probably try the tourist bus green route, Barceloneta with kids and Port Vell too. But this time the kids were particularly happy eating at L’Aliança del Poble Nou: caracoles, chipirones, mejillones… a yummy happy ending of another full day!

Tabblo: 2009.07.B A R C E L O N A M X.EscriBarriGòtiCiutadellaPobleNou

E I X A M P L E: A Modernista Fairyland

C I T I N E R A R I E S | EIXAMPLE: A Modernista Fairyland

Our main itinerary in Eixample started by chance near FARMÀCIA NORDBECK and Fundació Vila Casas. An enchanted walk brought us to Passeig de Gràcia, where even a CocaCola window and McDonald’s look … different!

Our first destination is La Pedrera.
We’ve already admired it from outside many times these past days, but we forgot about these kid friendly rooms inside! So friendly that our toddler wants to play with the hundred years old toys and sit in the high chair 🙂

After a rooftop visit we step down for a colorful sweet brunch at Mauri.

Next destination is Casa Batlló.
No more furnished rooms this time, but the modernista courtyard adds another highlight to our visit, and the audio tour is great for kids too!
GAUDI DESIGNER has beautiful renditions of the interior design elements.

Following Gaudi’s ABCs we are up to the attic, rooftop and chimneys! These were closed in our previous visit a long time ago, so we all enjoy the vistas.

Tabblo: Gaudi_ABC

Virtual tours of Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, and our snapshot itinerary:

Tabblo: 2009.06.Barcelona.Eixample