Cafe Pudding, Barcelona

Cafe Pudding is located in the heart of Barcelona. It is about 10 min walk from Plaza Catalunya and it is the best place to spend a rainy afternoon with kids. The cafe has large playing table, bookshelf full of books, a blackboard for the kids, and some toys. The decoration is great too. You…

Cafe Jaime Beriestain, Barcelona

From what I heard this place opened only a month ago. It is a hybrid between a furniture store and a cafe. It has two entrances, one for the store and one for the cafe. Both places communicate inside and when you walk through the store looking at the sofas you end up between the…

Tast, Barcelona

I had a business meeting that never happened. We were supposed to meet at Tast (close to pl. Bonanova) at 9:30am, and at 9:20 he emailed me that he will have to miss it. It was fine. I got to read the newspaper and drink my coffee. Empty time that created a gap in my…

Coffee at Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona

February in Barcelona is easily recognizable for its shadows.  Those are sharp, expressive and engaging. We walk around the permanent collection. My son lays on a bench in front of a long blue painting. Miro did it as a gift to his grandson. The color dynamics captivate your eyes. At 11am on Sunday the museum…

Bopan, Rambla de Catalunya, Barcelona

We walk from Palau Robert on Passeig de Gracia and it starts to rain. The kids run around the flower stand, part of a flower store on the corner of Rambla de Catalunya. We walk down the street and get inside of Bopan. Bopan has various locations across Barcelona. One is in front of our…

Coffee at the Science Museum, Barcelona

It is February and it is warm today. To our surprise the science museum is crowded, mainly with school-age kids. There are lots of French and Russian families too. In a cafe outside a man reads a book. I observe him for a while. He just sits silently, reads, and enjoys the first warm days…

Caffe San Marco, Barcelona

When I enter the cafe only two tables are occupied. There is an old gentleman sitting in front of me and a mom with a daughter at the corner table. I get my coffee and look outside. The window is big, and I can see Foix de Sarria, it is an old pastisseria of Barcelona. It…

Coffee at MNAC, Barcelona

MNAC is the National Museum of Art in Catalunya. It has an amazing collection of Romanic art. Outstanding are the frescos from Taull and Vall de Boi. This time I was impressed by the resemblance of a Gothic altar from Leida (13th century) and the Sagrada Familia. Gaudi was undoubtedly inspired by this piece. There…

Le Pain Quotidien, Barcelona

This was my third time here. I was walking from the French bookstore, Jaimes, that is just couple of streets away.  I stopped at Le Pain Quotidien, because it was on my way, because it was almost 3pm and because it was about to rain. Le Pain Quotidien has free wifi, lots of space and it…

Coffee at Le Dagobert, France

Next to our table there are two couples with a dog. A big dog is sitting quietly and chewing something under the table. Then we notice that the dog is chewing the lady’s leather bag. We tell the couples about it. Nobody seems pleased, but the people remain cheerful and finish their lunch with laughs….

Coffee in Font Romeu, France

The best thing about Font Romeu is the carousel. It is located on the top of the hill and you can see all the valley below you when you are riding on a black and gold horse. French chansonette from the 60s and the snow make the rides magical. Then comes the coffee or hot…

Coffee in Villefranche – Vernet Les Bains, France

We took Le train Jaune to get to Villefranche – Vernet Les Bains. Le Train Jaune, is the yellow train that goes from the Spanish border through Pyrenees and after 60 km of mountain railroad and two narrow bridges reaches Villefranche. From there the real railroad takes you to Perpignan. Villaefranche is mostly a castle…