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Papabubble Interview

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After writing about the very fabulous Papabubble sweetshop in Barcelona I thought I would email them to see whether they would answer a few questions for our little blog. I sent off the email, thinking they may be a bit too busy, but hoping I’d hear back from them. In a few days I had a lovely message back from Alejandro who answered my questions while in Shanghai, spreading the word about his delicious business.

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So, here is some inside info on the ideas, inspirations and tastes behind gourmet sweet makers Papabubble:

1 – Who started Papabubble and what sparked the idea?

TWO AUSTRALIANS STARTED THE IDEA, BUT I AM THE ONE WHO SPARKED IT ALL AROUND THE WORLD BECAUSE I AM COMING FROM THE CANDY INDUSTRY (CADBURY, CHUPA CHUPS, HARIBO, PVM) ALWAYS MANAGING INTERNATIONAL POSITIONS

2 – Where did the name come from?

NO STRANGE STORY BEHIND, SORRY, IT…

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Family Activities in Barcelona | Kids in Barcelona

Sun, fun, furry things and a whole lot more

Family Fun in Barcelona – Ideas and Activities for Kids

via ApartmentBarcelona.com

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Séneca

A street that’s short but sweet

Tucked away behind the Diagonal between Vía Augusta and the Jardinets at the top of Passeig de Grácia is this small

Séneca

Séneca

unassuming street with a charm all of its own. Named after the Roman orator, who people here will remind you is their favourite Spanish celebrity from antiquity, hailing as he did from Córdoba, carrer Séneca derives its charm, not from any significant architectural gem along its short stretch, but from a mix of design shops and galleries and a small theatre, as well as the nobodinoz kid art design shop and a small cosy restaurant offering tapas and light home-made dishes.

So, if you’re heading from the left Eixample towards Gràcia, you could do worse than to cut across from the bottom end of Vía Augusta along Séneca and stroll, away from the traffic, experiencing these visual offerings of contemporary Barcelona design, or even a bite to eat or a coffee, before coming out at its other end at the Jardinets in front of the modernista Casa Fuster.

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Even the smallest streets have their parties

Colour and kids’ play in the Eixample

Tucked away behind the Diagonal between Muntaner and Casanova is Passatge Lluís Pellicer, a narrow lane that this weekend is hosting a street party ending tomorrow Sunday.

IPassatge Lluís Pellicer Street Party

IPassatge Lluís Pellicer Street Party

The three-day event brings in families from around the left Eixample who find street entertainment in the form of an inflatable slide, bubble-making, skittles and other street games.

As you can see from the picture, this small and normally sleepy passage is bedecked these days with Catalan esteladas and bunting and is bustling with activity. Happy faces and cries of delight abound and there is a really warm atmosphere with snacks and drinks available.

Suitable for children 0-10.

With this event, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, a small tiddler of a street makes its contribution to the Barcelonese tradition of offering a whale of a time to its Eixample residents.

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Enric Granados

Running parallel to Passeig de Gràcia and down from the Diagonal to the old University, this is one of the most relaxed, leafy streets of the Eixample,  largely pedestrianised with a huge variety of pavement cafés and restaurants, interesting shops and, if you´re using a bike, a pleasant and safe ride between the Diagonal and the Gran Vía with a dedicated cycle lane in both directions, free from the fumes and noise of busy traffic.

Enric Granados

Enric Granados

Motor-free squares and gardens with children’s play areas at both top and bottom of the street and plenty of stopping opportunities along the way make Enric Granados the ideal way – especially for families – to walk or cycle between the town centre and the Diagonal.

Sightseeing

  • Casa Sayrach (Diagonal 423, Corner of Enric Granados) – a must see! One of the last modernist houses to be built, its elegant stone-carved façade and richly decorated entrance lobby will charm you. It houses the classy La Dama restaurant. While you´re there, the adjoining house at Enric Granados 153 is worth having a look, especially for its lobby.

this block of the street is fully pedestrianised with benches, street cafés and a children’s play area

  • Enric Granados 106 (between París and Còrsega) – this building sports some intricate stonework on its façade with a riotous overhanging stained-glass galeria.
  • Enric Granados 119 (corner of Còrsega) – awarded the 1907 diploma of honour for urban buildings, this wide-fronted xanfrá edifice has impressive columns and beautifully-crafted oriel windows and galeria.
  • Enric Granados 32, 34 (betweenValencia and Mallorca) – these two adjoining houses display the attractive features of decorated façades and Catalan ironwork balconies typical of the less flamboyant bourgeois buildings of the Eixample.
  • Enric Granados 26, 24, 22  (betweenValencia and corner of Mallorca). In their own way, each of these houses represent the diverse creativity of Barcelonese architectural design, with exuberant stone-carved entrance doorways, balconies, oriel windows façades crowned with designs inspired by the modernista movement.

at the next block down you will find a small park with children’s play areas and benches.

Across the street (Aragó) you will reach the bottom section of Enric Granados with a pedestrianised area popular with local dogwalkers, with more benches and fenced-off children’s play areas, pavement cafés and a variety of restaurants.

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Finding your way around

Discover a different Barcelona

This site is here to give you the tips you need to explore a part of central Barcelona that’s easy to reach but away from the tourist traps  – the less known streets for sightseeing , with pictures to give you a feeling for all the places to be enjoyed off the beaten track and away from the crowds. We’ll also tell you about where you can stay, eat, stop for a coffee, visit public gardens etc., with a rough price guide so you can plan your day.

The Diagonal

The Diagonal

Click on the categories on the right to see street-by-street guides, shopping, restaurants, cafés, getting around and so on. We’ll be adding new information all the time, so keep checking in for updates. For the moment, all the content is about the Eixample and Gracia, but we’ll be adding other areas for those wishing to explore further afield in the future.

If you’d like to add your own comments or tips for other visitors to the site, you’re most welcome.

Thank you for visiting myDiagonal and come back soon!

(PS – I’ll be publishing random posts about nothing in particular every now and then)

Sightseeing

A street-by-street guide of places to see with maps to plan your route and find places to stop off on your way.

Restaurants, cafés, bars

Classified by nationality, speciality, location, price range, etc.

Shopping

We’ll tell you about boutiques, wine shops, chocolate shops and delicatessens and other interesting places to find original gifts or treats for yourself.

Accommodation

Places to stay by price range, location, boutique hotels, etc.

Getting around

How to move around on foot, by bike and by public transport, including dedicated cycle routes.

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