Food is so important to me; love it, hate it, you can’t ignore it….as Eddie Chilcott always said at Oxford (was that really 33 years ago?)
So let’s start with some amazing fish and chips; one of my favourite significant snacks.
Significan Snacks of no fixed abode.
This blog post is indeed allabout significant snacks of no fixed abode; snacks that have played a major part in my life, snacks, meals, blowouts, morcels; they are al important in making up the fabric of my life.
Not fancy restraunts, not entertaining on a grand scale, not expenses or treats; no, I am talking about the important stuff that fuels the working day;
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!
5 Days in Moscow with an iphone 5 and a Moscow minx.
Moscow is the northernmost and coldest megacity on Earth, I am so glad I was in this amazing city recently. These images were all taken on an iphone; so not the most creative, but one of the best trips I have ever had. That is for sure.
Eating and Drinking; my specialist topic!
If you love food and drink from around the world, then Moscow is an interesting if not rather ugly experience to tick off on your menu-finder!
It’s fair to say that this is not France or Italy; granted. It is not even Croatia or Lapland, it is something I have not experienced before, the three key words being expensive, inedible and entertaining….if nothing else!
If the local offerings are not to your taste…
There are always the tried and tested global favourites of the rich and famous…….not.
Some Important buildings
Once you have eaten breakfast, there is no end of fun to be had out on the treets and in the famous squares of Moscow, here is what Wikipedia says –
OK, if you are in the market for some seriously dodgy green stockings, a body shaper latex suit or some cut price lighters, then the underpasses and subways of Moscow are where you will find like-minded shoppers.
For the rest of us, the shopping experience is not too good. Lots of expensive shops full of uber-rich people? yes sir….walk this way.
Moscow – the northernmost and coldest megacity on Earth
By its territorial expansion on 1 July 2012 southwest into the Moscow Oblast, the capital increased its area 2.5 times; from about 1,000 square kilometers (390 sq mi) up to 2,511 square kilometers (970 sq mi), and gained an additional population of 233,000 people.
With over 40 percent of its territory covered by greenery, it is one of the greenest capitals and major cities in Europe and the world, having the largest forest in an urban area within its borders—more than any other major city—even before its expansion in 2012. In the course of its history the city has served as the capital of a progression of states, from the medievalGrand Duchy of Moscow and the subsequent Tsardom of Russia to the Soviet Union.
Museums are good – especially off the beaten track
House of Photographt was my favourite here, but also the Museum of Modern Art and various state owned historical/military museums are interesting and very cheap to visit.
Moscow is considered the center of Russian culture, having served as the home of prestigious Russian artists, scientists and sports figures during the course of its history and because of the presence of many different museums, academic and political institutions and theaters.
Moscow Museum of Art is a great place to spend the day…..
Moscow is also the seat of power of the Government of Russia, being the site of the Moscow Kremlin, a medieval city-fortress that is today the residence of the Russian president.
The original 19th-Century church took more than 40 years to build, but was blown up in 1931 during the Communist rule of Joseph Stalin. The demolition was supposed to make way for a colossal Palace of the Soviets that was never built, so the church was reconstructed in the 1990s on the same site.