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My now annual trip for La Merce festival in Barcelona. in fact this time we barely did anything to do with La Merce, we watched part of the Castellers (human tower building) on the telly in the apartment.


Wine festival, nope didn’t go for a change, only the second time i’ve missed it on the trip in last six or seven years. Cue Ripa asking when are you going to the wine festival. Next year…

The correfoc (fire run), well we were in a restaurant called Pork boig per tu, which is just off Via Laietana at the end of the correfoc route. Advantage of being here, well apart from a decent pint of beer and some great food, all the devils, beasts and drummers all turn left onto the street the restaurant is located which meant i was able to pop out between sips of wine to take pictures and videos of the fire run.

The current normal crew were on the trip. Me, the two pensioners (Mane and Larry), Beardy (Sami) and Elf (Ripa). There may have been plenty of alcohol drunk over the six nights (or four for Mane).

We took a trip up from our apartment to see the Olympic Stadium on request from Mane and Beardy (yes we walked up) and took the easy option of the funicular then bus to get to Barceloneta for lunch. Using the obligatory T-10 transport ticket, it worked out at €1 each for the two modes of transport. Best bargain ever.

Bar / food related on this trip (can’t remember all the places obviously) but did cerveceria Jazz, Punjabi Bar, Blai 9 and Pincho J all in Poble Sec. A trip around one block (5 bars visited) on Parral-lel whilst waiting for Mane to arrive. Vendimia, Bar Celta, Les Tapes and Tasca el Corral in Barri Gotic. Pork boig per tu, Bar el Born, Mosquito and Ale & Hop in Sant Pere, Santa Caterina and La Ribera (the proper full name i think for the area that covers between Via Laietana and Ciutadella Park.


A great time as always, lucky i’m never in Barcelona!