Hoja Santa is a one Michelin star restaurant in Barcelona. It was born as a tribute to the Mexican culture with a personal interpretation from Paco Méndez, the chef. The restaurant is owned and has also the signature of Albert Adrà, the brother of Ferran Adrià, considered the best chef of the world.
We’ve already explained it in this blog. The first half of 2019 has been very intensive for us (with a move, our wedding and our honeymoon!), but fortunately at the end of February we could save a weekend for a French winter break. 🙂 The south of France has a lot of interesting sites and the best thing is that we can reach them with a few hours driving from Barcelona.
This was Dídac’s first visit to Narbonne, but I (Laura) had already been there some years ago. At that time, I didn’t have the chance to visit the Abbey of Fontfroide, a Cistercian monastery that has been a reference for some other monasteries in the south of Europe. We love monastic architecture, so we couldn’t wait to visit the area.
We’re back after a brief period “off”. We’ve been very busy planning our wedding and our next big adventure, our honeymoon, which, by the way, will take place in the same continent as this post 🙂 I really miss travelling far away like we did last summer. These last months of relative “quietness” have been useful to put in order our lifes but we are anxious for our honeymoon to begin!
After having written about our amazing experiences in Datong and Pingyao, we want to share with you a bit of the charming city of Xi’an. Xi’an is a must-see in any first trip to China. Located in the surroundings of Xi’an, the Terracotta Army is, together with the Great Wall of China, one of the highlights of this country. But the Terracotta Army is not the subject of this post. Of course we will give you some tips to visit it in a future post, but our aim now is to prove that Xi’an has much more to see and do.
Just 30 minutes driving from Barcelona, the Bages is an inland region full of history, landmarks like Montserrat and an old tradition of excellent food and wine. We decided to discover a small piece of this land visiting Artium cellar and Món Sant Benet monastery. It was a gastronomic, cultural and historical journey to the heart of Catalonia. In this post we explain all what we learnt, what we ate and what we drank in this one day trip from the well known capital of Catalonia. As always, we try to recommend unknown but valuable sites and experiences out of Barcelona. Hope this post is useful for your next trip to this mediterranean country.
Living in Barcelona, we are so lucky because we don’t need to travel far to discover amazing places. Catalonia is quite rich from a cultural and gastronomical standspoint and has become a landmark concerning wine tourism in Europe. Thus, last year we could finally enjoy the wine region called Priorat, which is located in the Tarragona province. The capital of Priorat, Falset, can be reached in just 1 hour and 45 minutes driving from Barcelona.
The geography of the Priorat region is pretty mountainous and, therefore, cultivating vines is not easy. Consequently, large-scale production is not possible in this land. But apart from its renowned wine cultivated in the Montsant massif and the beautiful village of Siurana, in Priorat you can also find an old monastery that has survived until our days: La Cartoixa d’Escaladei (Scala Dei Chaterhouse).