Barri Gotic

Barcelona’s Medieval City Center

The Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) is the heart of the old city of Barcelona. It is bordered in the south by the Mediterranean and in the west by La Rambla, a pedestrian-only street that is more circus than thoroughfare. Street performers, jewelry kiosks and chain stores pretty much sum it up the Rambla, so if none of these interest you, skip this boulevard altogether.… Continue Reading →


Nostrum - Barcelona, Spain

Delicious Breakfast In Barcelona

What have we always said is the most important thing? Breakfast. So often when traveling, people want to get a jump on the day or make an early connection. This can make your travel weeks seem a lot like your work weeks. The solution? Have breakfast together-or at the very least, a leisurely cup of coffee.… Continue Reading →

Ciutat Comtal/Ciudad Comdal

Ciudad Condal / Ciutat Contal

Barcelona’s Best Restaurant

OK, you can judge for yourself, but the food, service and atmosphere (both inside and out) make this the ideal place to meet friends or have a romantic dinner for two. Located northwest of the Barri Gotic in the Eixample, Ciutat Comtal (Ciudad Condal in Spanish-but ┬áremember, you are in Catalunya) is a restaurant and bar that is always busy, especially around supper time.… Continue Reading →

La Colmena

Pastisseria y Bomboneria en Barcelona

Is chocolate-tourism a thing yet? Kindra seems to think it should be. She is a connoisseur of fine chocolate and will turn her nose up at anything less than extraordinary. We have made special chocolate-shopping trips in both Brussels and Zurich, trying them all before loading up on the best.… Continue Reading →

Barcelona Beach

Sea and Sun in the City

We here at L&A are not beach vacationers. We prefer to explore cities, towns, mountains and forests on foot (or bicycle) as opposed laying on our backs sipping mojitos and getting buzzed while we get burned. Plus, our northern blood, fair skin and Ryan’s red hair means stripping down to bathing suits and laying in the sun can be an unpleasant and downright dangerous activity.… Continue Reading →