Kid snacks you can buy in Barcelona supermarkets

Sometimes when you’re traveling with your kids, you want to feed them with snacks that are inexpensive, healthy-ish, and convenient to throw in your purse. Ya know, something to hold them over until their next meal. Or doesn’t cause a complete crumb explosion on a bus. Even Beyoncé brought snacks for Blue Ivy at the…

La Casa dels Entremesos: Giants, Big Heads, and Beasts

Have you seen the GIANTS of Barcelona? Maybe you’ve been to the citywide La Mèrce Festival, or a smaller neighborhood celebration around Barcelona. And you may have caught the gegants – towering figures parading and dancing around. They make normal humans look like Hobbits of Middle-earth. Or, do you know about the capgrossos, or “big heads”? If you live in Barcelona,…

CosmoCaixa: An Interactive Science Museum in Barcelona

Remember this? Your physics teacher tells you to turn to page 137 of your textbook. He rattles on about a formula or a chart. You try to understand it, but you find the “hugs not drugs” posters on the wall much more intriguing. Yawwwwnnnn… So, how do you make learning science FUN AND EXCITING? You…

Pedra Paper Tisora, a creative toy shop in Poblenou

In Poblenou, locals love to shoot the breeze on the narrow pedestrian street, Carrer Marià Aguiló. They visit its restaurants and bars, chat with their neighbors, or stop to gaze at the storefront displays. Marià Aguiló is quite a long street with charming bookstores, shoe shops, wine shops, and a market hall. It also has a handful of…

Greenery, Gravel, and Metal: Poblenou’s Modern Park

So what do you think of the phallic-looking Torre Agbar design? “Interesting and strange,” you say. Well if you like the tower’s quirky, modern design – by French architect Jean Nouvel – you might like his other work, the Parc del Centre de Poblenou. Like Barcelona in all its “design-y” glory, this park doesn’t fail to…

Ideal, a family-friendly cafe restaurant in Poblenou

Post updated February 17, 2018. Brrr! We finally have cold weather after a questionably warm December. You know me, I love the sun, but when you’re just wearing a light sweater in mid-December in Barcelona, I get a little worried. Now who says global warming is false?? It’s so cold that sometimes that I get…

Supersize It: Playing Big at Parc de Francesc Macià

Let’s say you want to feel tiny — just for fun. I’m talking “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” tiny. Well there’s a spectacular park in Catalonia where little ones (and big ones) can pretend they’re as big as their thumb. It’s at the Parc de Francesc Macià in Malgrat de Mar. It’s just one hour away…