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Sunday, 6 may 2012 | New York Times

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Recommended article at the New York Times: "36 Hours in Barcelona, Spain" by Ingrid K. Williams

(Recomanem l'article "36 Hours in Barcelona, Spain" publicat al NYT: la marca "Barcelona" ven. Ara cal que vengui la marca "Catalunya": s'ementa 6 vegades en l'article, però no en el títol)

36 Hours in Barcelona, Spain



By INGRID K. WILLIAMS
 

BARCELONA is always gravitating toward what’s next, what’s new. Sure, the Catalan capital in northeastern Spain is rich with historic sites and classic tourist activities — browsing the centuries-old Boqueria market, studying the works of Picasso and Miró, posing with Gaudí’s frosted fairytale houses in Parc Güell — but the city’s current dynamism is rooted elsewhere. To discover what’s fueling Barcelona right now, look to new contemporary art museums and small galleries. Look to the bold tapas bars and buzzing night life rejuvenating outlying neighborhoods. Look to the new, but make time for old favorites too.
Friday
4 p.m.
1. HOUSES OF GAUDí
Strolling the city’s grand, leafy boulevards is itself a pleasure, but simultaneously sampling, albeit superficially, some of the masterful works by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí makes a walking tour even more marvelous. Starting in L’Eixample, head south on Passeig de Gràcia, past the sinuous facade of Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera (No. 92;             34-93-484-5900      ;lapedreraeducacio.org), and the spellbinding exterior of Casa Batlló (No. 43;             34-93-216-0306      casabatllo.es). Continue down La Rambla to Palau Güell (Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 3-5;             34-93-472-5775      palauguell.cat), a dazzling mansion that reopened in 2011 after seven years of restoration. Inside, trace Gaudí’s genius from the subterranean horse stables and exquisite living quarters to the whimsical rooftop chimneys.
8:30 p.m.
2. MEAL TICKETS
Since the celebrated El Bulli served its final meal, those seeking to taste the gastronomic wizardry of the brothers Ferran and Albert Adrià have turned to Tickets (Avinguda del Parallel, 164; no phone; ticketsbar.es), a carnivalesque tapas restaurant that opened last year under Albert’s charge in the city’s historic theater district. With a red-carpet entrance and marquee lights, the restaurant promises to unspool a mesmerizing show of its own. Once seated, don’t miss the “liquid” olives (8.30 euros for six, or $10.70 at $1.30 to the euro), the juicy tuna belly painted with jamón ibérico fat (13.50 euros), and a cone from the roving ice cream cart (3.50 euros). Reservations essential.
Midnight
3. DANCING IN THE CLOUDS
After dinner sneak around back for a tipple at 41º (Avinguda del Parallel, 164; no phone; 41grados.es), the Adrià brothers’ cocktail lounge that has been evolving since it opened in early 2011. These days, the chic space functions in the early evening as a 16-seat restaurant with a 41-course tasting menu, before transforming into one of the city’s classiest cocktail bars. Order a lilac-colored Aviation (12 euros), then dance in the clouds at Eclipse (Plaça de la Rosa del Vents, 1;             


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