Monday, June 28, 2010

...I was having fun!


I WAS AWAY ON THE BEACH. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN.

... AND I SO DID NOT WANT TO COME BACK!


EVER!


Here are a few pics, tips and souvenirs from my trip to the Balearics and Barcelona:

Here comes the sun... [Hat from Bimba & Lola]
Palma de Mallorca:
Public Art:
Calder!
Wonderland?... No, Valldemossa!
Port de Soller:
Totally agree!
I took these next few pics in a rock club in Palma. Its name escapes me. But it was great. Sometimes you forget how much fun singing your favorite 80's and 90's anthems can be!
At Hospes Maricel Hotel in Mallorca. A little piece of paradise! The website proudly announces they have 'The Best Breakfast in the World', so of course I had to go and check it out...

The breakfast was great, not mind boggling. The location, however, kinda was!
Ibiza:
Booka Shade @ Space ;)
Lunch at Cala Nova:
Other 2 places that I recommend in Ibiza are:

Jockey Club in Salinas. This is chiringuito style. Right on the beach. It has amazing seafood, cocktails and great lounge & electronic music all day!
Blue Marlin in Cala Jondal. This is probably a bit more upscale, but food + location wise it is totally worth it. Trust me ;)

My last stop was Barcelona. I arrived for the last 2 days of Sonar (Electronic Music) Festival. Not by coincidence of course...

This bit of the trip was more, ehr, party-centric... yet one day I did managed to drag myself around some of my favorite spots: Passeig de Gracia is one of the most beautiful avenues in the world (according to me) and where you can find Gaudi's La Pedrera and now also the Mandarin Oriental, which was decorated by design super-star Patricia Urquiola. A good stop for any design junkie!

Pics from La Pedrera taken with my HOLGA camera:
Also, the MACBA art & design (and so on...) bookshop La Central is a great place (...of course the Museum also is!). And since I collect postcards, I decided to share some of my new acquisitions here:

STURE JOHANNESSON
The Aquarian Planetarium: Day and Night - I Am You - Copenhagen, 1969
RAIMUNDO PATIÑO
Home que Falaba Vegliota (detail), 1985
STURE JOHANNESSON
Welcome bacl! For Ann-Charlotte, 1967
INKworks. (This I actually sent home as a joke a few years back!)
Such a short stay in Barcelona left me with some important unfinished business:

1. The ROCA Gallery. A project that has been written about everywhere from Wallpaper* to FRAME.
2. NANIMARQUINA. Basically a modern rug brand. With a new 75 m2 shop designed by Architect Robert Pallí. Apparently the space used to be a car park. And it looks really promissing! (Have I mentioned before that I'm obsessed with rugs??).

I also read on FRAME mag that the area where the Nanimarquina shop is located, between Avenida Diagonal and Calle Rosselló, is the 'Epicenter of design in Barcelona'. So that's a good thing to keep in mind.


I wish I could stay at the beach forever....
However, I will be going back next year for sure!

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