Walk on the Great Wall of Catalonia in Girona

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Here is a tip if you face an acute what-to-do-with-the kids emergency in Barcelona If you are visiting the Catalan capital with teenage kids in tow who have become ever so slightly rebellious after three days of art nouveau, hallucinogenic architecture and the musty smell of museum corridors, take them to Girona (it’s a little more than 30 minutes away by high-speed train) and straight to the Great Wall of Catalonia.

Walk on the Great Wall of Catalonia in Girona

Experience the Drama and the Heart of the Coastline in Barcelona

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Barcelona City Walks Now that we have established that the local food alone is worth a trip to Barcelona (by eating a lot of it, intrepid adventurers that we are), only one question remains: how do we get all those calories off our waistlines? Well, by walking, of course. I am sure you had already figured that out all by yourself. The website is called Easy Hiker, after all, not Heavy Eater.

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Experience the Drama and the Heart of the Coastline in Barcelona

Where You Can Eat (Guaranteed) Well in Barcelona

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In our last post, we talked about something that Mediterranean countries do not, on the whole, do very well – Christmas, or, to be more precise, the “universal” (but in fact Northern European-North American) version of it. Today’s post, conversely, is about something which lies very much in Southern Europe’s comfort zone: food. Which is more than ample compensation, you must agree.

When it comes to the higher forms of “food culture”, Northern

Where You Can Eat (Guaranteed) Well in Barcelona

Barcelona – City of Christmas Lights

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Don’t we all just love the Mediterranean! And aren’t we grateful that we have its wonderful countries: for their food, their joie de vivre, the refuge they offer us at this or, indeed, any other time of the year. Having said that, we must also admit that these countries are not perfect and that there are things they do not do very well. Things like, to name just one, Christmas.

The reason why

Barcelona – City of Christmas Lights

Want 5 Reasons to Visit Barcelona This Time of Year?

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1. It is always nice to escape the dark and the cold

Look out of your window: chances are you are staring into a grey and gloomy fog. What more reasons do you need to run away? Escaping from the grim and cold reality of early winter in much of Europe and North America: this, after all, is what Christmas was invented for, giving all of us something better and brighter

Want 5 Reasons to Visit Barcelona This Time of Year?

Montjuic Is No Kilimanjaro

"The Needle in the Olympic Village of Barcelona"

Hiking in Barcelona Atop Montjuic

Whereas the sea, all over the world, is made of one piece, mountains are nature’s true individuals. You have to meet them in person to properly know or even get a first meaningful impression of them.

Statistical information of whatever sort or content is of no assistance here and can, at worst, be downright misleading. This, most emphatically, includes information about a

Montjuic Is No Kilimanjaro

The Weirdest Thing About Parc Guell

"Parc Guell in Barcelona reflected in a window in the park"

For once, Mrs. Easy Hiker and I are in total agreement: the most striking change that Barcelona has undergone since we last visited the city a mere twenty years ago is the rise in the number of people with an apparent interest in the works of (the architect) Antoni Gaudí.

What is the Weirdest Thing about Parc Guell?

The Sagrada Familia was certainly a tourist attraction back

The Weirdest Thing About Parc Guell

Montserrat Rocks

"Montserrat rocks near Barcelona"

Easy hiking trails in Barcelona: I have found my perfect easy hike on the Montserrat Rocks!

Now, if I were on a spiritual, Leonardo-di-Caprio-inspired quest to find “The Hike”, I could happily retire and lay down my quill (and my computer, too), leaving you in peace to find your own way around the best hiking trails in Europe. But I am not, so I guess I will be pestering

Montserrat Rocks

We Took Some Dancing Lessons From God

"Street leading up to Porta Soprana in Genoa"

Kurt Vonnegut says that unusual travel suggestions are

Dancing Lessons from God

So, of course, we could not decline the offer of travelling to Genoa, even if this meant that we had to change our carefully laid out travel plans at the shortest of short notices.

The story is this: we had been planning to get some hiking done in the South of France for

We Took Some Dancing Lessons From God