Category Archives: Spain

Only You Hotel & Lounge Madrid, Spain


A very trendy, sophisticated boutique hotel in the city.  It is just about 10mins walk from the main shopping area and a lot of attractions are within walking distance. There are also a lot of restaurants in the area. Very clean rooms, helpful & friendly staffOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVery stylish lounge area… Unfortunately, we didn’t have much chance to spend time here.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Lift to the roomsIMG_7017

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Tour Around Barcelona – 3 – Ciutat Vella, La Barceloneta, Mont Juic


Miscellaneous photos from different days…

In Ciutat Vella area
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Park Guell, Barcelona


Park Guell is up on the hill (though not very high) and the hop-on-off tourist buses only get you to the foot of the hill.  To walk up it is about 5-10mins.  Buying tickets online is recommended because if you buy on the day, you may be allocated with an entry time that is 1 or 2hrs later on a busy day.

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Montserrat, Spain


Montserrat is very easy to get to from Barcelona by train.  There are also day/half day bus tours available we love our sleep and the cable car up to Montserrat looks fun.  Take the R5 train at Plaza Espanya.  At the station, you could buy the combo ticket of train + cable car or train + funicular tram (there are also various options of getting museum tickets, meal voucher, etc.).  IMG_6899 The ride up was about 5mins, there are only two cars.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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We then took funicular tram to go higher up the mountain.  There are a number of walking trails around the mountain.
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Restaurant Lasarte by Martín Berasategui, Barcelona


Our first fine dining in Barcelona … our reservation was 8.30pm, for us it is already quite late but apparently people still walked in passed 10pm!  We chose the tasting menu and it took approx 3 hours.IMG_6855 IMG_6856 IMG_6864Butter in various flavours 
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Starting our 1st course…IMG_6873 IMG_6875 IMG_6876 IMG_6877 IMG_6879 IMG_6881 IMG_6883 IMG_6886 IMG_6887 IMG_6889 IMG_6890 IMG_6893 Here is the menu we had…IMG_6861

 

All dishes were perfectly cooked and beautifully presented.  Overall the tasting menu portion was a bit too much for me but I managed to try everything.  Flavours are strong but mostly in the garnish so the freshness of the meat or seafood was not compromised.  Service was good too, very attentive yet not overdoing it.