Category: Spain

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A wander round sunny Barcelona

I’m once again in beautiful Barcelona, once again for work. But instead of getting up at the crack of dawn to race to morning meetings, I decided to come over the day before and work from here before tomorrow’s meetings. An excellent plan, even if I do say so myself. After working all the way ...

Significant Sitges Sun

I'm just back from a long weekend in Sitges, feeling every so slightly broken. This is purely due to sleep deprivation - a series of very late nights with friends, combined with early mornings to get down to the beach. Stereotypes abound when it comes to Europe, but one holds true when it comes to ...

Sitges Pride, 2017

Well. That was an experience! Up until this month, I've associated Sitges with sleepy, relaxing afternoons on the beach and wandering through narrow streets hunting out decision Catalan nibbles. A very chilled out place. But spending a long weekend there during Pride was something very different! And if I'm honest, it was just what I ...

Catalan jalapeño madness

I spent Thursday and Friday working in Barcelona - a bit of a monthly routine for me and nothing out of the ordinary. But I did stay at a new (new to me, anyway) hotel and so was able to notice the little differences that make for a nice hotel stay.  Firstly, I had my own ...

Dinner at L’Avinyet, Sitges

Yesterday, after a long and relaxing day on the beach at Platja dels Balmins, we headed into central Sitges for drinks and dinner. We had a couple of drinks - and some excellent people-watching - sitting outside Parrots, then moved on to my favourite eatery here in Sitges: L'Avinyet. I discovered it last year with ...

Fairweather nudist tendencies

I've just spent a fantastic five hours lying in the sun at Platja dels Balmins, the beach next door to our hotel here in Sitges. It was bliss. Aside from the uninterrupted sunshine and the light, cooling breeze, I think it was the most civilised beach I've been to. Reflecting on it as I packed ...

Watching the Mallorcan sunset

After a lovely dinner at Puerta Portals yesterday evening, we headed black to Frank's parents' place for a glass of champagne to celebrate his birthday.  Their apartment has phenomenal views over all of Santa Ponça, but especially the beach and the bay. I got clicking from their balcony and continued on our way home later.  ...

Pensioners behaving disgracefully

The serene and calming photo accompanying this post does little to convey the pensioner-related carnage I witnessed shortly after it was taken.  We're now in Mallorca, having enjoyed an excellent few days in Orihuela Costa, north of Murcia.  We're in a hotel in the much-derided (and rightly so) Santa Ponça, which is truly awful at ...

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The lack of sleep is getting to me…

After Saturday night's surprise visit from the pizza delivery man, I was hoping I'd be tired enough last night to catch up on some sleep. Following an early flight to Barcelona for work, a solid few hours working in my hotel room and a long walk around town, I felt ready for bed. After nipping ...