36 Hours in Minneapolis

The New York Times originally published this article by Jennifer Conlin.

The main highlights:

  • Stone Arch Bridge and other activities along the river
  • Well known and highly reviewed restaurants and bars
  • The Guthrie Theater
  • Music ex. Prince tribute night
  • Farmers Market and shopping
  • Museums ex. American Swedish Institute and Minneapolis Institute of Art

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Barcelona – 4/5 Day Vacation

No Uber or Lyft in Barcelona. Use the app mytaxi instead. Supposedly Hailo also works there, but I’ve tested mytaxi and it’s definitely available. UPDATE: we never used the app. There are taxis everywhere, just make sure they take cards before you get in, but cash is fine.

Avoid getting scammed tips – tl;dr – Trust no one, help no one http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/general/safety/barcelona-safety.html

Drinking in public is illegal

 

Itinerary

 

Head to La Boqueria on Las Ramblas for all the food – https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g187497-d190164-Reviews-Mercat_de_Sant_Josep_de_la_Boqueria-Barcelona_Catalonia.html

  • Best time is in the morning
  • They do accept credit cards, but I’m sure cash is appreciated. Remember to get a receipt
  • Lots of professional pickpockets here. Be extra careful and avoid letting people bump into you(super crowded though) and don’t touch your pocket where your wallet or valuables are.
  • Stands at the front more expensive
  • Several top market recommendations:
    • bacallà salat (dried salted cod)– usually comes in an esqueixada, a tomato, onion and black-olive salad with frisée lettuce
    • percebes (goose-necked barnacles) – much loved across Spain, these look like witch fingers and are eaten with a garlic and parsley sauce.
    • calçots (a cross between a leek and an onion), which are chargrilled and the insides eaten as a messy whole
    • Fresh fruit juice – 1-2 euro each
    • El Pinotxo, just to the right of the entrance
    • MUST FIND – Head down the centre of the market to just behind the fish sections. You will find a small stall manned by an Italian man with a wood fired oven selling pizzas by the slice – a favourite of El Bulli’s founder Ferran Adria
    • Get cone of Cheese & Iberico Ham from Mas Gourmets
    • Wine shop on the north side
    • Seafood is cooked in front of you

Walk around Las Ramblas

Walk around Gothic Quarter

Rooftop Balinese Bar – Live music http://www.hotelpulitzer.es/en/fooddrinks/pulitzer-terrace/

Other cool bars – https://www.likealocalguide.com/barcelona/bars

UPDATE: Dry Martini Bar – coworker says is number 4 best bar in the world – http://www.worldsbestbars.com/bar/barcelona/city-center/dry-martini-bar

  • Calle Aribau, 162-166, 08036

UPDATE: Majestic Hotel – Great rooftop bar with panormaric view of the whole city

        – Passeig de Gràcia, 68

 

Thursday

Workout

Breakfast

Hop on hop off tour – http://www.viator.com/tours/Barcelona/City-Sightseeing-Barcelona-Hop-On-Hop-Off-Tour/d562-2916BARCELONA

 

  • Casa Batllo – 10:30
  • La Sagrada – 1:30 then Nativity Tower at 2

 

Lunch

Head back to hotel

Cooking class

  • MEETING POINT Barcelona Cooking
  • La Rambla, 58, ppal 2. Barcelona, Spain 08002
  • (+34) 931.191.986

Erotic Museum(until 11:30) – http://www.erotica-museum.com/museum.php

  • 3 minute walk

 

Friday 

Breakfast

Montserrat and Cava tour? (10 hours) – leaves at 8:30AM, back around 7 http://www.viator.com/tours/Barcelona/Montserrat-and-Cava-Trail-Small-Group-Day-Trip-from-Barcelona/d562-3142MONT

  • There are other options for cava tours that are closer or shorter, but Montserrat looks awesome
    • UPDATE: This tour was so awesome
  • Central Barcelona, near Via Laietana
  • Explore Catalunya office. Palau de la Musica, 1, 08003.
  • Tour departs from the Explore Catalunya office located directly opposite the ticket office/outdoor cafe of the Palau de la Musica, off Via Laietana.
  • Your local contact is Explore Catalunya on +34 93 269 11 54
  • BRING SOME CASH AND SUNSCREEN AND GOOD WALKING SHOES AND JACKET

Dinner at 7 Portes – plenty of space and time

Cocktail/Jazz club – http://www.timeout.com/barcelona/music/venues/barcelonas-jazz-venues

Magic Fountain of Montjuic – show is only friday/sat 9-10:30

 

Saturday 

Flax and Kale for lunch with Ana’s cousin

Museums: Natural Science, History, History of Catalunya

Montjuic Castle: 10-8PM

 

 

http://www.globotreks.com/destinations/10-gaudi-buildings-barcelona/

 

Highly rated must sees:

  1. Walk down Las Ramblas*
  2. Food Market on Las Ramblas – La Boqueria*
  3. La Sagrada Familia* (blue bus tour) – buy tickets online ahead of time
  4. Picasso Museum*
  5. Port de Barcelona
  6. Placa del Rei
  7. Parc de Montjuic*
  8. Olympic Stadium (red bus tour)
  9. Casa Mila/La Pedrera*- definitely go onto the roof of the building
  10. Casa Battlo* – at least walk by even if you don’t have time to go inside (red/blue bus tour)
  11. Esglesia de Sant Marc*
  12. Parc Guell* – One of the best sites to see (blue bus tour)
  13. Casa Museu Gaudi* – at least walk by for some photos
  14. Miguel del Port
  15. Parc de Ciutadella* (red bus tour)
  16. Walk through the Gothic Quarter* – see their version of the bridge of sighs
  17. Jardins de Laribal
  18. Jardins de Teatre Grec

Restaurant:  Restaurant 7 Portes, http://7portes.com/en/

 

Eat: paella, croquetas, seafood and of course churros y chocolate

 

Other ideas:

Chocolate museum- http://www.museuxocolata.cat/venda_entrades.php

New York City – Lower East Side ramen/donuts/art/beer/Tenament Museum

After multiple visits to NYC, I’ve finally gotten around to checking out other areas of island that aren’t Midtown. My friend had just recently gone to the Tenement Museum and loved it. I hadn’t heard of it, but I trust her recommendations and Yelp also had tons of great reviews. I decided to make a day out of being in the area.

Like everything in NYC, this itinerary is walkable. It’s also pretty cheap, except for the Tenement Museum tickets, which are about $25 each.

1. Start your day with some lunch at Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle. It’s a tiny ramen shop with only 4 tables and there’s barely a sign outside the door. That’s how you know it’s freaking delicious. They speak some English and it’s cash only. However, me and 3 friends went, stuffed ourselves, and the whole bill was $26, which is basically what brunch costs per person anywhere else in NYC. Who wants to feel like a baller and cover the whole bill?! Here’s a picture of the outside so you know where to walk in.

Lam Zhou Outside Entrance
The awning has no lettering anymore

 

2. There’s always room for dessert. Make your way to the Donut Plant. They highly recommended the creme brûlée donut, which I had and pretty much saw new colors after eating it. I also had the hot chocolate with a giant handmade marshmallow cube in it. This hot chocolate was basically like drinking a delicious creamy, chocolatey cloud. Check it out:

Beautiful donuts!
Beautiful donuts!
It's amazing
It’s amazing

3. On the way to the museum, there’s a really cool bar/liquor store called Top Hops Beer Shop. It’s basically a bunker full of an insane number of craft beers and all goods/services beer-related. You can also get/bring a growler to fill up full of wonderful beer. It’s a pretty heavenly place.

Over 600 different beers here
Over 600 different beers here

4. Ever thought there could be a bakery that’s vegan, gluten-free, and good? Me neither. But then we went to BabyCakes. This place is rated very highly by a lot of people, including Martha Stewart.

And here we see a fresh baby being dropped off to be made into cake
And here we see a fresh baby being dropped off to be made into cake

5. You’ll run into a lot of art galleries on the way. They’re free, but there’s a range of what’s good and bad.

6. The final stop was the Tenement Museum. We did the Shop Life tour. This was a really unique museum experience because it’s guided and interactive and you see replica/restored rooms that are historically accurate. I was skeptical about how much fun it would be, but all the Yelp reviews convinced us. Even my friend who doesn’t really like historical museums really enjoyed herself. Definitely check it out.

 

Walking directions in LES
Walking directions in LES