Thursday, May 24, 2007

Serve Them Right Up

If you have any recs for the upcoming trip, this is the place to share them.

Madrid-Ibiza-Barcelona-Amsterdam (no need for Dublin as I will be with dear Ruth, or London *fingers crossed we get in to Locanda Locatelli*, or Paris, and with horror I realised today we will only be there three days, which led to this email to D: "I hope you realise we will be eating non-stop in Paris" and her reply, "we really did plan this trip perfectly: first Ibiza while we are still slim-ish, and then bring on the feasting". Yes! So if you see two overripe brunettes cramming macaroons into their faces, come over and say hi).


Blogger Lola is Beauty said...

I can't believe we'll both be in three, no four of those places, hopefully we'll end up in one at the same time! In Barcelona my rec is the area of El Born, the whole area is nice and great tapas place called Cal Pep (gets v busy tho - address would be in guide book) just around the corner from a shop called Zha Zou (or Zou Zha?) with amazing clothes by Catalan designers. My only rec in Madrid is the rooftop pool at hotel emperador if it gets too stiflingly hot...see you somewhere in europe miss jetsetter x

9:59 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

I have many recs for Cal Pep (even a text received at 3am FROM someone dining at Cal Pep) so we are definitely going there!

ZZ sounds great, always love to check out local designers. And have noted down the pool.

See you somewhere soon!

8:17 AM  
Blogger machiruda said...

Hm, when are you off again? Will be back with recommendations on Amsterdam but need to pack for London myself first, so the rest will come after the weekend.

One from the top of my head, dunno what you are looking for, but if you want to go dancing 11 is an excellent place with usually good music. Studio 80 is pretty good as well, fairly new too I think. 11 also has great food - and an amazing view across the city.

If you're into modern architecture try to get out to the new developing areas at Zeeburg (Java-eiland, KNSM-eiland) - maybe a boat tour but don't know if that's possible actually.

Uhm, like I said, will be back with more...!

8:55 AM  
Blogger Julia said...

Yes to dancing so have noted those places, they sound great. Love architecture! Have a great time in London (I leave in 1.5 weeks).

9:01 AM  
Blogger iggy said...

Echo the El Born rec- on the street where the Picasso museum is, there are lots of little bars. They are shuttered up during the day, but are great at night. We ended up in one (on the recommendation of a local) which was about the size of my lounge but with great music...the crowd there were quite easy on the eye too ;)

I have more Barca recs, will come back later.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

Fabulous, it has us written all over it. Come back with more (how are you babe?)

4:22 PM  
Blogger The Late Bloomer said...

I think you know all the great places to be in Paris already, Julia, so I don't know if I would be enlightening you with any particular recommendations! But I hope you have a great time on your trip. When will you be passing through Paris exactly?

8:27 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

I think it'll be 29 june to 2 july - will you be around?

6:42 PM  
Blogger iggy said...

Ok, some more:

It depends how much you like to walk (you can do this by metro)- we walked from the Sagrada Familia all the way up though a couple of little neighbourhoods to the Parc Guell (please walk all the way round and don't just see the entrance!).

Then we walked back down to the city centre, caught the metro to near the Olympic Stadium (not impressive, but great views over the city), strolled along near the Miro foundation and there is a great little kiosk just past that with some tables where you can sit and look out over the whole city and the sea below. Gorgeous. Then stroll down through some gardens, until you get to Raval (watch your purse).

We spotted a bodega selling wine for about 30p a glass. Raval is interesting and buzzy but just keep your wits about you and look like you know where you're going.

I could go on and on- have been to Barcelona 3 times and it is one of my favourite cities.

oh, watch Todo Sobre Mi Madre before you go- I believe that's Barcelona too.

12:10 AM  
Anonymous Russell Allen said...

I love the Bistro, Luden, on Spuistraat in Amsterdam. It's not the best in the world at anything but always puts a smile on my face (without having to bang on a random window and negotiate for funny business)

4:24 PM  
Blogger The Late Bloomer said...

Yes, I should be in town, working more than likely! Will only have some time off in August, so June and July are going to be quite long in the city. If you have a moment, I could meet you for a noisette, qu'est-ce que tu en penses ?

8:06 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

I think that would be lovely! Will be in touch closer to my arrival and hope we can arrange even a quick drink!

3:14 PM  
Blogger machiruda said...

oops, i forgot i'd said I'd be back with Amsterdam tips... although i can't really think of other must see's to be honest.

If the weather's good when you're here and you feel like more beach, you could check out Bloemendaal beach. It's supposedly very hip, the beachclub 'De Republiek' is the best known name although I've never been.

For more good weather, the cafe's in the Vondelpark are great (Vertigo and Blauwe Theehuis), though busy also.

Not sure what kind of other stuff you're planning on doing here. If you want a guide for part of your time here, or dinner company, let me know :) enjoy!

5:12 AM  

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