Casanova Hotel, Barcelona, Spain: Hip Elegance

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It’s sleek, it’s hip, and it’s right in the middle of the action. In fashion-conscious Barcelona, Casanova Hotel stands out like a cool Mojito in a beer hall.

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Le Méridien Hotel, Barcelona, Spain

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Le Méridien is a terrific choice for travelers who want both luxurious accommodations and easy access to the city’s sights.

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Exploring Barcelona by GoCar — it’s fun!

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Want to experience some of the great cities of the world like a local? You might want to try GoCar, gps-guided mini scooter-cars that put you onto the streets of cities like Barcelona, San Francisco, San Diego, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, and Miami.

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A Taste of Spain: Passionately Delicious

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With a warm smile, “our chef,” Jaume Brichs, picks us out of the teeming crowd at the main entrance of La Boqueria Market in Barcelona, Spain. He welcomes us and invites us into his exciting and exotic world of Spanish — or more accurately — Catalan cuisine.

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Chocolate Museum, Barcelona, Spain

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In Barcelona, a city jam packed with museums filled with history, art, erotica, and even shoes, it is not surprising to find one devoted to chocolate, Museu de la Xocolata.

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Horchata: Summer Gold in a Glass

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Horchata (Orxata in Valencian and Catalan) is made from water, sugar and — the magic, vital ingredient — “chufas,” or “tiger nuts,” introduced into Valencian Spain around the 3rd Century by the Arabs who occupied all of southern Spain at the time.

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Chef Juame Brichs, Barcelona, Spain

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Jaume Brichs, chef, pastry chef, food and beverage consultant, and cooking class instructor, is a man passionate about his Catalan food and culture.

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Mexiterranée Restaurant, Barcelona, Spain

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Located inside the Casanova Hotel on Gran Via de Les Corts Catalanes in central Barcelona, Mexiterranée is a restaurant most tourists and locals miss.

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L’antic Bocoi del Gòtic, Barcelona, Spain

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L’antic Bocoi del Gòtic is only a five-minute walk from the tourist-heavy La Rambla, but worlds — and centuries — away.

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