Barcelona’s La Rambla: La Boqueria, Café de l’Opera and street artists

La Boqueria Market, Barcelona, Spain

Sights and sounds abound on a stroll down Barcelona’s celebrated La Rambla, followed by an amazing selection of fruits, meats, fish, cheeses, candies – and an indoor tapas bar at La Boqueria Market.

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Arrival in Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain nameplate.

Luc and Alison continue their travel adventures in Barcelona, Spain, getting their first view of Plaça de Catalunya and Barcelona Cathedral (La Seu). Barcelona is a city of surprises. Truly magical. Avoid over-planning and let yourself be open to going wherever day, or as was often our case, the crazy labrinyth of streets in Barri Gothic, take you. That’s how we discovered many of the little jewels we came across.

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Our Lucky 13 Winner!

Thanks to all of you out there – and the handful of you know who you are – for supporting Luc and me in the November launch of our blog We really appreciate your comments and feedback.

And the contest the winner of the “Blogging for Dummies” book is …

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Le Lapin à la moutarde (Mustard Rabbit)

Our vacation to Ibiza, Spain inspired this recipe for Le Lapin à la Moutarde (Mustard Rabbit). Foodies will recognize it as an example of classic French bistro cuisine, just like Boeuf Bourguignon or Soupe à l’Oignon (Onion Soup), which I will cover in later food posts. However, rabbit is a also classic Spanish dish, normally prepared in a stew with tomatoes, cloves, onions, thyme, tarragon and celery.

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Hot Spiced Paprika and Cinnamon French Fries

I came across this interesting combo of paprika and cinnamon at our lunch at La Torreta.

Ideal pairing is with a main dish that is has character. Subtle, wimpy won’t do. Example, a delicate filet of sole in lemon butter would be swamped by these fries.

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