Monday, 5 November 2012
how to spend an excellent sunday in barcelona
Start by being a bit sclumpy-chic (I love my green raincoat which I got for $25 down from $125 and I challenge anyone not to).
Go for breakfast. We went with the Fabrica Moritz, the cooly-revamped 19th century factory of Barcelona's most Catalan beer, but I could have gone for empanadas, or pretty much anything involving coffee too. We bought La Vanguardia, because for the next several weeks they're selling limited edition Catalan classics with the Sunday paper. I read a fascinating weekend magazine article about how the 19th century theatre district in Barcelona was every bit as decadent and mad as Paris or New York's.
Also, breakfast comes with both a coffee and a beer, in case you can't decide...
Follow the old men for the best Sunday morning walks
End up at the beach and ride bikes along the seawall. Incidentally, these public bicycles were the topic of my thesis in Urban Studies at UCL a couple of years ago.
And then be sure to stop by a bakery to buy the seasonal "panellet" pastries, which come in many shapes and flavours.
But these ones are the best: