Barcelona Bites

Anne & Kirk Woodyard – Music and Markets Tours

Don’t you just LOVE Barcelona? From the gothic quarter05101504 felipe neri peaceful now to the artsy Born to the golden sands of the beach in just minutes! 05101502 w on the beachAnd then there are the Gaudi masterpieces a little further into town, the Miro museum on Montjuic hill, several more museums, magnificent concert halls, innumerable fantastic restaurants…Barcelona’s got it all!
Let’s concentrate on some fine Barcelona tastes – imagine a city-to-beach weekend, full of deliciousness.
Breakfast? Gotta be Churros and Chocolate! 05101501 mothers day breakfastWhy not enjoy this Spanish classic (they’re called Xurros here in the Catalan capital) in La Granja, a cozy Barri Gotic favorite since 1872? Sit in the rear near the Roman Wall incorporated into the shop.05101501 la granja since 1872 roman wallIf you start early enough, a Ramblas stroll can be a pleasure, taking in the colors of the flower vendors, 05101501 usually avoid ramblas but flores worth a lookthe lovely façades lining the pedestrian walkway. 05101502 facades please let us sleepCrossing back to the gothic quarter, a stroll down Santa Anna05101502 my street and Carrer Comtal is an open air expo of ceramic artistry, with each shop showing off their craft or their wares in charming tilework.05101502 signs on comtal 1Before you know it it’s time for lunch, so head to Barceloneta and take an outdoor seat for some of the best seafood of the Mediterranean. At Cavamar a seafood platter for two can keep you busy for an hour or two. 05101503 barceloneta feast for two at cavamarWalk it off, heading down the beach with the crowds, the Gehry sculpture by the Olympic Port gleaming coppery in the sunlight.05101503 crowds walking copper shows better in dayThen back through Barceloneta, where the seafood in front of this restaurant could scare off the kids!05101503 scary seafoodThe sun’s heading down – it must be tapas time! 05091503 BEACHAfter that abundant lunch, a tapas tour is all we need for dinner! Some more seafood at one place,05091504 cigales du mer pintxos (Basque tapas on toothpicks) at another, 05081205 count the toothpickssome fried artichokes at another – all washed down with some bubbly Cava.
Barcelona’s always a feast – for the palate as well as the eye!

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2009 Anne and Kirk ViasThe best way to describe us (Kirk and Anne Woodyard) is that we’re interested in the stories that make the places we visit come alive.
We’ve visited Europe more times than we can count, learned some entertaining stories there, and met some warm and helpful people who also enjoy the wonders of music and life in Europe.
Between our music-related travels, we split our time between our homes near Washington DC and the south of France. We look forward to sharing these stories and friends and experiences with our Music and Markets guests.
While both of us have experience in organizing travel and music groups Kirk’s background is in project management and competitive writing, and Anne is an accomplished pianist with over thirty years of teaching experience, and a travel and food writer specializing in France and Italy.

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