Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Brunch in Trópico, Barcelona (plus drinks in Hotel Barceló Raval)

Before I keep up with my Thailand trip posts, let me recommend you another great place to have brunch in Barcelona, this time in Raval's area. My friend Eugénie, who has a PhD in Barcelona's trendiest places, took us to Trópico, a  place with an amazing decoration and healthy and tasty food, and specialized in tropic dishes. Yummy!

Eggs benedict and smoothy in Trópico BCN

Ceviche dish in Trópico Barcelona

Trópico bcn is really close to Raval's Rambla, so, after's saying hi to Botero's cat statue, we headed to the amazing Barceló Raval Hotel to have some drinks in the rooftop bar, which is open to the public.
If you love interior design, a visit to this hotel is mandatory. Have a look of the pictures below...

Horse's lamp in Barceló Raval HotelBarceló Raval Hotel Hall's interior design

Isn't it just perfect? I love it (and so it wasn't my first time there, and it won't be the last one...)

Ants in Barceló Raval rooftop bar

And of course, the views...

Barcelona views from Barceló Raval Hotel rooftop

Barcelona views from Barceló Raval Hotel rooftop

So here are the addresses of both places just in case you need them ;)

Trópico BCN
C/Marquès de Barberà 24,
08001 Barcelona

Hotel Barceló Raval
Rambla del Raval 17-21,
08001 Barcelona

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Brunch in Hammock Juice Station, Barcelona

I love brunch. I just do. Getting up late, with no rush and then have a champion's breakfast, mixing sweet and salty sharing it with friends and chatting till late without worrying about lunch because...you are already eating...It is the perfect Sunday morning routine, when you are relaxed and can share your weekend's adventures with your gang. Luckily, brunch is now a trend in Barcelona and there are zillions of great places to have a magnificent brunch. Yeaha. Cheers to all the brunches to come.
This one below, was in Hammock Juice Station, in Barcelona Eixample (full details and direction at the end of the post ) and I really loved it. Perfectly healthy and deliciuos. The place, as you can imagine from its name, has some hammocks where you can chill,  which is brilliant, but don't be disappointed if you don't get one, as the chairs are actually more comfy. I really loved the food and I can't wait to go back there. This is what we ordered:

Avocado Toast in Hammocks Juice Station BarcelonaBrunch in Hammock Juice Station

Brunch in Hammock Juice Station

Brunch in Hammock Juice Station

Hammock Juice Station
C/Mallorca 308, 08037 Barcelona

Sunday, February 12, 2017

"Bcn en las Alturas" Market

"BCN en las Alturas" Market

This pretty (and posh) market it is located in the upper side of the Barcelona, in a very special location, in Gaudí's  Bellesguard Tower, one of Gaudí's most unknown buildings. The entrance of the market is free and if you want to visit the tower, they offer guided visits for 10 euros (you can check the official website of Torre Bellasguard (not the market) in here.
About the market, it is inspired by Portobello Market in London, and you will find design, fashion, and gourmet food stands plus good live music, the perfect mix to enjoy the visit. It only opens a few times during the year, and the next edition will be on the 5, 6, and 7th of may 2017. I will leave the details of the official site and direction at the end of the post, but first, here are some pictures of the November's edition.

Barcelona en las alturas , mercadillo, Torre Bellesguard

Barcelona en las alturas , mercadillo, Torre Bellesguard

Ventana Torre Bellesguard, Gaudí

Barcelona en las alturas , mercadillo, Torre Bellesguard

Barcelona en las alturas , mercadillo, Torre Bellesguard

Barcelona en las alturas , mercadillo, Torre Bellesguard

Barcelona en las Alturas Market
C/ Bellesguard, 16-20
08022 Barcelona

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Thailand 2: Ko Phi Phi's video.

Ko Phi Phi's Video

As promised, here comes the little video of our time in Ko Phi Phi. It's all filmed and edited from my phone, so, please, don't expect too much...

Ko Phi phi's Hotel

And this is a video of our hotel there: the "Bay view Resort". We really loved it, it was quiet and beautiful and it had everything we needed. Still, everyone likes and looks for different things when it comes to hotels, so I just did a little video so you can decide if this one suits you or not. The Hotel had a transfer boat from the port, as the access from there is not comfortable if you have a lot of luggage. It is located about 10 or 15 minutes walk from Tonsai Bay, which is okay, but you need to walk through the beach for about 5 minutes, so it is worth to take the free transfer boat from the Hotel. But if you are party animals, then you may consider something closer to town and not so hilly.

And thats all for today. I may take a little break from Thailand posts to put some stuff from Barcelona, but I will come back soon with Ko Lanta and Ko Lipe posts. Till then, I hope you enjoy your time wherever you are . xxx

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Thailand 2: V. Ko Phi Phi

Ko Phi Phi

We really enjoyed our stay in  Ko Phi Phi. I was a little bit scared about going there, because it is famous for being over crowded with noisy drunk tourists and packed with bars with really loud music. Still, this island is so beautiful, that I think it is a must in a Thailand trip, keeping in mind that is one of the most touristics places and so it is far for being a desert island.
When we arrived, I was really shocked about the amount of boats in the port. My godness, it had nothing to do with my last trip there. And it was the rainy season! So I really can't imagine how it must be in the high season.
But the truth is that we stayed in a hotel far away from Tonsai and quite close to the Long beach so we enjoyed a lot our quite and peaceful 4 nights  there and we wished we could have stayed longer. The island was actually quite empty, and many bars and restaurant were closed, so it wasn't that bad at all. Probably because  the weather was not very good and we had a lot of rain, but also I think we were very lucky with the hotel and its location so we had the impression that the island was calmed.
We didn't go to Maya beach, as C& D were not very interested in it and also because of the weather, that was very unstable. Still I would recommend to go there, it is very beautiful, but try to avoid the crowds as much as possible, going at sunrise time and hiring your own longtail boat, otherwise you will be annoyed with the amount of boats and people that go there, it is quite crazy and changes a lot the impression of the place. Luckily, party people don't wake up very early in the morning.

Ko Phi Phi Hotel, Thailand

Ko Phi Phi Hotel, Thailand

Ko Phi Phi Hotel, Thailand

Ko Phi Phi Hotel, Thailand

Longtail boat, Thailand

Storm in Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

Pink Hibiscus flower in Thailand

Longtail boat, Ko Phi Phi

Longtail boat, Ko Phi Phi

Bay View Resort, Ko Phi Phi

Pink Ixora Flower, Thailand

If you want to see more pictures of Ko Phi Pi including Maya Beach (Yes, the one of Leonardo Di Caprio's move  The Beach) just click on here to go to my first trip to Tahiland's post.
I will be posting a little video about Ko Phi Phi and our hotel there in the next post, hopefully next Sunday. Enjoy your week!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Thailand 2: IV. Railay


I think I could resume our little stay in Railay with three words: RAIN + FOOD+....POISONING
It was a bad start, trust me. You know when you are on a budget and you mix cheap places with better ones to compensate the budget? Ok, so let's say this wasn't the right hotel to be sick. Anyway...Railay is beautiful enough to cope with these cons and much more...

Railay, Thailand
Railay, Thailand

Railay, Thailand

Railay, ThailandRailay, Thailand

Railay, Thailand

Railay clips

And here are some clips from Railay...

And if you still want to see more from Railay you can check my visit there a few years ago.

And that's all for today, next post will be about  Ko Phi Phi. XXX

Monday, December 12, 2016

Thailand 2: III Ao Nang

Ao Nang, Krabi

After the long trip from Barcelona, we just wanted to see the beach.

Hotel swimming pool, A0 Nang, Thailand

We booked the cheapest hotel next to it, left all our staff there as soon as we arrived, and run to the beach before it was dark.

Ao Nang main street, Thailand

Ao Nang Beach, Krabi,Thailand

And we arrived just in time to see the sunset.

Sunset in Thailand

Sunset, Ao Nang beach

We didn't have much more energy left for that day, so we walked a little bit till we found a nice place to eat, ordered a Pad Thai with a watermelon smoothie and decided that we needed to get a good waterproof bag to get all our electronic devices save. We had a lot of longtail boats and ferries to take and Railay and Ko Lipe have not an easy acces, specially on the rainy season, so if you are planning to get there, I would strongly advise you to get one, trust me, you will use it.
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