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!

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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!

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Girls, culleretes!

We arrived in Barcelona late afternoon and, after checking in at our apartment in-between-2-worlds, we went straight to Las Ramblas. We already knew where we want to have dinner, and we knew it for quite a while, since our last trip to Barcelona!

I still remembered the tasty dishes in a local atmosphere where I could barely hear anything else than Spanish or Catalan. That was a long time ago, and the menu still makes your mouth water, but the mother tongue is more like Esperanto, we are definitely not the only travelers that love Can Culleretes
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We had the butifarra with beans, duck with apples and a salmon mousse for which I’d go back to Barcelona right this moment.

Have I mentioned the great warm service that is so welcoming to children too? Not a wonder they’ve been around for 225 years!

Time Trek in Caesarea

Three years ago, one kid only, I was wondering if an archaeological place is a good destination for kids. It was a blast, the most interesting and imaginative playground, where ruins turn into real palaces again!

This time in Israel, we decided to go back in time to Caesarea.
We used to live in Israel many years ago and we’ve followed the restoration work at Caesarea National Park, so we knew what a wonderful place it is.

But I didn’t know what a perfect family destination it became! You can now travel through time in three new exhibits impressive for kids and adults alike:

After we’ve seen Caesarea’s history on screen, we went on to explore the real thing, and what a beautiful walk that was!

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We did a mix of trails on the spur of the moment, from the port, through the walls, to the hippodrome, admiring Herod’s Palace and choosing a seat at the roman amphitheater for the Jazz Festival, saddened that we’ve missed it this year and planning our next itinerary.

Another nice thing is that although the park closes at 18 (the exhibits at 17, check hours here), this only means we can, of course, enter the National Park for free, after these hours (other than the theater, which is closed at these hours)

Restaurants are open late too, after the park closes, so we had a delicious dinner at Aresto. Yummy salads, calzone made in the outdoor oven, pasta for kids…

After that we went to the beach, a small beach, but well maintained. Well, there is an entrance fee during the day. The beach bar had nice Israeli music, kids found friends to dance with, we’ve enjoyed the sunset there, and that concludes a wonderful family day in Caesarea. Always happy to come back!

A Sunny Day in London, Belgo!

First day in London, a sunny bank holiday Sunday, lucky us!
It was the perfect day after the long flight, and we took full advantage of it. Well, kind of half of it, it was hard to get up early in the morning after a flying day…

And here’s our itinerary:

As expected, first trip day&city, no jetlag for us 🙂