In part, my story is about a love affair with a person in the city. In part, it's about my love affair with Barcelona itself. Either way, it's a love affair of the heart, and those are the type that count....
I'm now blogging over here, and thought I'd move the posts so that the full story can be found in one place.
I want to share here, my Barcelona. Not a place of pickpockets and bustle, but a city you can fall in love with, a city where you can fall in love. And what better place to start than on the beach at sunrise, or even better, sunset?
La Barceloneta is in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona. In the height of summer, the sandy beach is packed for the better part of the day, but visit out of season, between November and March and although there is still a life and vitality to the place, the hordes have gone. Or, do as we have done and visit the beach at sunrise, or in the evening as the sun sets, and find a place of pure romance, a place where it is hard to believe you are moments away from the centre of a city.
The impressive building is worth a close look, and from here you can get a wonderful view, but don't stop here to eat - Barcelona doesn't have to be about fine dining, instead make your way back up the beach.
Sit in one of the bars with a cup of coffee, watch the skateboarding dogs and the surfers... and then much later leave the sea behind and explore the narrow streets of old Barceloneta.
Stroll across the Plaça Del Poeta Boscà, and tucked away round the back you will find Can Ramonet. The perfect spot to enjoy the feel of historic Barceloneta - try the tapas, or just sit out in the sun and enjoy a glass of wine or cava.
A romantic evening of sun, sea, tapas and good wine, a perfect start for a love affair.... And the beach at Barcelona is where Lottie discovered that her heart was still in Tippermere.... and that is where my story Stable Mates started.