Coffee in Spain is excellent. During our long summer, this is definitely my favorite drink, Café con Hielo. Take some ice cubes in a glass, have the bartender bring a Café solo (aka expresso, in other countries). Sugar, no sugar? You choose. Drop the Café solo onto your ice cubes. Et voila!
The best place for this, is obviously a shady terrace!
But all surfer dudes and dudettes will agree with me: let’s have a drink first!
It’s almost summer, you’re getting hot, time to cool down with a nice drink. Popular in Spain is the tinto de verano, 1 part red wine, 1 part sweet sparkling stuff like Sprite or 7up. How you mix them is up to you! On the beach or in a cosy bar.
You might recognize the bat… You can find it on every bottle of Bacardi rum. Well… It is a cuban-catalan drink, as the guy who invented it, Facundo Bacardí Massó, was a child from Sitges, 30 km south of Barcelona, before emigrating to Cuba in 1830. The town of Sitges is enormously proud of him!
I chose black and white for this, as the Bacardi website talks about earthquakes, fire, revolution, destruction…
OK. Might have a drink now, after all this.
One of the nicer places in Paris to have ‘un p’tit noir’, an expresso, the Nemours. In front of the Royal Palace, and facing the Louvre.
I am French. Therefore I am a coffee person. But I love my mint tea, with some biscuits!
Some good places to spend an hour in the sun!
Or in the shade!
Some more cafe tables, busy ones, on Plaza Real, our very own royal square.
Some more cafe chairs… No, wait: chiringuito chairs! A chiringuito is a beach cafe.
While doing your shopping at the Boqueria market, it is essential to have a coffee! Either a cafe solo, otherwise known as expresso, a cortado, which is a solo with a little milk, or a cafe con leche, big coffee with lots of hot or cold milk. As you like it.
One of the many nice and quiet places in the city center where to have a drink or two. It is the Pati (patio) Manning, a former seminary built during the 18th century in baroque style, and named after it’s main benefactor. It is now a culture center.
A short lesson on how to make something delicious out of sugar cane.
Press the canes
And one more people watching post, because it’s fun!
Heat wave. It is very hot, despite of a small breeze coming from the sea. So, let’s have a drink on the Rambla.
Wouldn’t you agree?
A popular cafe 5 minutes from home, with a bit of HDR treatment.
The time has come back for having a coffee on a terrace in the sun. This is a tallat, or cortado in Spanish, I had last night, around 6. Yes the sun was still shining, 16 degrees. A catalan tallat is a cafe solo, aka espresso, with some added milk. Coffee, the juice of life. I know many of you will agree to this statement!
Well, not really mine, or ours, just a nice place to have a drink. With a bit of HDR.
We spent the day in Madrid on Thursday, and we came across this very nice cafe, the pabellon del espejo, or mirror pavillion, near Plaza Colon.
This week, like every year, the highlight of the summer: the Festa Major de Gracia, or the big street festival in the hip Gracia area. 15 or 20 streets, decorated with mostly recycled stuff, music,theater, food, drinks… It’s just wonderful! More in the next days.
Click on the picture to see it better!
Shopping, even for food, makes you thirsty…