Discover cities with Lonely Planet app

Lonely Planet has launched Guides, a new, free, city guide mobile app – a pocket travel companion on the road, or when planning a trip. Available now for iOS and Android, Lonely Planet says the app will get you straight to the heart of a destination on your phone. There was time when many travellers tucked copies of LonelyContinue reading “Discover cities with Lonely Planet app”

Barcelona battles too many tourists

Barcelona, I love you. You’re traditional yet so stylish, inspiring and delicious. Oh, the shopping! Oh, Gaudi’s architecture! Oh, the street life!  And therein lies the problem. It has become a victim of its own success. Quality of life is so diminished, residents are fed up and something must be done. “The way of lifeContinue reading “Barcelona battles too many tourists”

Explore Catalonia’s cava and castles

Fellow travel blogger Josie Schneider and husband Conrad have created a small, personal tour to explore Catalonia, titled A Cava and Castles Experience.  Josie is a go-to expert on housesitting around the world, sharing her knowledge at housesittingtravel.com . Recently Catalonia has become the preferred niche for the Michigan couple.  The northern Spanish region has also recently capturedContinue reading “Explore Catalonia’s cava and castles”

Home stay or hotel?

Airbnb and other home stay companies allow travellers to stay in frugal or fantastic accommodation all over the world. The concept opens up destinations to people who couldn’t otherwise afford it (yes, that’s me), and to people who want to engage with communities and cultures at a grassroots level. Is that you? The idea ofContinue reading “Home stay or hotel?”

No way to beat the crowds at Parc Güell

Barcelona’s marvel Parc Güell is one of the most over-loved cultural spaces on the planet. It could do with a million less visitors per year. Get there pronto first thing in the morning to minimise your crowd crushing experience. If you haven’t bought your ticket in advance, you can expect to wait in line for twoContinue reading “No way to beat the crowds at Parc Güell”

Wild about cooking mushrooms in Barcelona

Each autumn and winter beautifully varied fungi are available in abundance in Barcelona. I see them in shops and at the fresh produce markets – Mercat de l’Abaceria Central, at Travessera de Gràcia 186, and La Boqueria Market downtown at Las Ramblas. Foraging for wild mushrooms is an age-old tradition in Catalonia. Once you taste them, you’ll neverContinue reading “Wild about cooking mushrooms in Barcelona”

Devour Barcelona

If you want to get to know the real Barcelona, then you must come to Gràcia and eat. I’m staying two minutes from this lovely square (pictured above) in the area, where sunlight is dappled on a cold morning. Terracotta, russet and greens dominate the late autumn palette. People linger at cafes over coffee andContinue reading “Devour Barcelona”