Finally, my last stop in Spain…Barcelona! The flavors, the history, the Architecture, the light! All intoxicating! We stayed in a Boutique Hotel on famous La Rambla. Right across the street was a strip lined with cafes. It must have been a mile long! I would recommend for anyone in Barcelona to stay there. The service was impeccable. The views from the rooftop were breathtaking. And there were often street musicians serenading the passers by with beautiful music. Some establishments become an intrinsic part of a city. This is true of Restaurant Seven Portes which was the first place our cab driver recommended when we asked about a very good place to eat. It.
Last week, we visited Alicante, Spain together. Today we move to Guadalest, a small village about 30 minutes from the Mediterranean coast. It is nestled high up in the mountains. And relatively unspoiled since it was settled by the Moors. We frequented an outdoor cafe where we discovered ginger beer shandies. A ginger shandy is similar to a Moscow Mule, but far more refreshing on a summer day. It’s made with equal parts ginger ale and pilsner beer, but can also be made with equal parts fizzy lemonade and beer. Or if you prefer a non-alcoholic beverage, try using fizzy lemonade and a ginger beer (while called beer, they’re non-alcoholic)..
Travel heals the mind and soul. A few years ago I traveled to Alicante, Spain with friends and it was a truly wonderful experience. We headed straight from the airport right to the neighborhood outdoor bar “where everybody knows your name.” The locals were lovely, although perhaps a bit quirky–this woman was walking her rabbit on a leash! Oh the palm trees and the blue skies. Even when the skies turned dark before a storm, the vistas were stunning. And even thought it looks ominous, we waited out the storm and back out we went only 20 minutes later! And the food at the local restaurants was to die.