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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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Plaça Vila de Gràcia

The old and the new

Plaça Vila de Gràcia

Plaça Vila de Gràcia

As Gràcia was absorbed into the expanding ¨new¨ Barcelona of the latter 1800s, its old town square adopted a rather priapic clock tower, its most striking -pardon the pun- architectural feature, facing the town hall on its southern side.

Vila de Gràcia is very much a local square where residents of all ages and backgrounds sit out on sunny days to chat, play chess, kick footballs around or enjoy a drink at one of the several outdoor cafés. Its character has not changed much in recent years and it has a more tranquil and less bohemian feeling than other parts of the district, as it isn’t in the thick of the cosmopolitan shopping, artistic and gastronomic experience further up across Travessera de Gràcia. It is the ideal place to stop off and relax and let your kids run around while visiting this part of Gràcia.

Plaça Vila de Gràcia is only a ten minute walk from the Diagonal and the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia, and therefor not far from some of the most notable modernista houses such as Casa Fuster,  Palau Robert, Palau Baró de Quadras and Casa Terrades, the House of Spikes

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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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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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