Monthly Archives: April 2014

Barcelona, Catalonia

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a city I have been to many times, as part of a European tour with the family, or just a short break with my wife on a couple of occasions, and even years ago with my work in more of a jolly capacity.
I must be due another trip – as looking at some of these snaps, I have not been for a couple of years at least…

As the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain, Barcelona always seems to offer something new, a protest, a march, a demonstration and some good old fashioned shouting normally suffice (a loud-haler is mandatory if you are visiting this place!)

Essential components of any visit would include the following for me at least –
A visit to the amazing Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, often simply referred to as La Boqueria, a large public market in the Ciutat Vella district and one of the city’s foremost tourist landmarks, with an entrance from La Rambla, not far from the Liceu, Barcelona’s opera house.
The market has a very diverse selection of food and drink, a fantastic place to spend the morning watching the world go by
The second mandatory excursion in my humble opinion would be to pop into MACBA – the Museu D’Art Contemporani De Barcelona
(or to us – the Modern Art Gallery, tucked away behind the market)
My third chosen activity would be to chill out, do some serious people watching, and have a swim in a rooftop pool at the 5 star Grand Hotel Central, somewhere we have stayed a couple of times and really enjoyed.
so there you have it, some simple Barcelona ideas – always a great place to be!

 

Easter Bunnies

Easter Bunnies

Back up in Scotland, for a special Easter in Aberfeldy

Well hello again, back up here to enjoy my mum’s cooking and some great Easter fun with the family in the sunshine.

the Highland Piper in his natural surroundings

the Highland Piper in his natural surroundings

One of the highlights is always to decorate eggs and then hide them in the garden, this year I took on a highland piper theme – and won the competition hands down.

We have traditionally always visited highland Perthshire around the Easter holiday, but very rarely does the sun shine, so we made the most of it this year and did a lot of walking under cloudless blue skies and twenty degree heat.

Along the banks of the River Tay

General Wade Bridge, Aberfeldy

General Wade Bridge, Aberfeldy

A lovely 8 mile walk is possible from Aberfeldy to kenmore, starting at General Wade’s bridge, take the footpath on the far side and follow the river along all the way to Kenmore. We did this walk on easter Sunday on a bright sunny day.

The bridge build by General Wade to take his troops over the River Tay at Aberfeldy.

We set out along the path looking towards the snow covered peaks of Ben Lawers in the distance – itself along the bank of Loch Tay, past Kenmore as the River gives way to the open Loch.

At regular intervals the riverside path can be left behind for a right turn towards various local attractions in the glen.

The House of Menzies and Menzies Castle are both within a mile and a half of Aberfeldy.



The House of Menzies is a great spot to stop off, have a coffee and a cake and perhaps buy some wine from the fantastic selection on offer at the wine merchants within the courtyard.

Further along, towards Dull, you can divert to the excellend Highland Safari Centre, with its deer park, mountain bike trail, gold panning and activity centre looking out across the glen.