La Universidad de Barcelona

The University of Barcelona is a sprawling organization with campuses all over the city. However, for whatever reason, in 1999, all the exchange students took classes at the old campus, right off Plaza Universidad. The building, built between 1863 and 1882, is classic Moorish architecture, with big courtyards and lots of greenery. I remember being…

Barceloneta

“My cousin wrote back…she wants to meet for lunch!” “Your cousin? The one in Barcelona you haven’t seen in 40 years?!” “Yep, here is the address of the restaurant we are going to meet at.” Look at map…”Are you serious? If I remember correctly, that’s the not so great area of Barcelona. It’s full of…

Cannery Row

When you hear Cannery Row, if you are a Steinbeck fan, you immediately conjure up imagines of a gritty factory filled row that smells of fish and poverty. At the very minimum you imagine factories and lots and lots of metal and aluminum. What you likely don’t imagine is world class shopping and dining, luxury…

Lincoln Center – Where Dancing Dreams Come True

My daughter is a dancer. She dances at the dining table, she dances in the streets, she dances in restaurants, she dances with relish at her weekend ballet and tap class. She loves being on stage and the feeling that comes with it. We’ve been encouraging her with dance classes, support during recitals, and books…

Gaslamp Quarter

Anyone who had ever looked into visiting to San Diego has heard of the famous Gaslamp Quarter. This area from 4th street to 6th street is part of historic heart of San Diego, and still has several working gas lamps lining the street providing light. But despite the name, that’s not what makes the Gaslamp…

Peek – Wine Tasting in Napa

Several weeks ago, before the devastating fires closed Napa and Sonoma for a period, my cousin was in town visiting.  In the Bay Area, when you have relatives visit, wine tasting is a must do.  Since it was his first time wine tasting, we went to Robert Mondovi Winery, because of its stunning location Anyone…