Playground or workplace? Our visit to Poblenou

Poble Nou - The cat, you and us

Hey guys, this is Dani, hope you enjoyed our catweek series from the other week! Melissa, the lucky winner of our giveaway, has already chosen her quote for the painting; curious about it? I would (gossip boy at heart), so I thought I could share it. It’s a Confucius quote that will make happy every Batman-fan reader (as we both are! Juno is however on the catwoman team instead): “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall”. Good one!

Ok, let’s move to today’s post. Last weekend we went to the Disseny Hub Museum in Barcelona and we seized the opportunity to visit Poblenou, the neighbourhood where the brand new design museum is located. Since my work office precisely is at Poblenou, automatically has become a neighborhood we don’t like to visit often: It’s almost a 45′ metro ride from our home and walking by their streets reminds me so much about how I hate Monday mornings. However with the idea of visiting the museum on our heads, we checked a shared map where Damaris adds every interesting restaurant we hear good things about and found an interesting one to try. All together seemed as a good opportunity to spend some time at Poblenou and make amends with the district.

Poble Nou - The cat, you and us

I love how sweet Damaris looks with her Japanese bear-coat, it brings me back so many good memories!

Poble Nou - The cat, you and us

I’m doing my oh-no-my-office-is-sooo-near-this-place look.

Poblenou was an industrial area back at the 19th century where you can find lots of brick buildings, old factories and chimneys around that cohabit with the latest architecture. It’s indeed photogenic and as a plus, there are some cool stores located there like Noak’s Room (vintage furniture). We had lunch at El 58, a tapas restaurant located in La Rambla del Poblenou, a nice pedestrian avenue that ends in the beach, where you can continue walking to La Barceloneta. I think a good recommendation for anyone visiting our city is to include La Rambla del Poblenou in their itinerary before going to the seaside walk. That part of the walk is less crowded than la Barceloneta so it would be a good starting point to take pictures.

Poble Nou - The cat, you and us

I’ve walked pass El 58 restaurant several times while going to work and now I wonder why I haven’t noticed before how cool it looks!

El 58 - The cat, you and us

The place is an old house converted into a restaurant.

El 58 - The cat, you and us

We were eager to taste their famous bravas (on the right). I was hooked immediately but Damaris who doesn’t like stronger pepper taste wasn’t as happy.

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After lunch we went to Disseny Hub museum (next post this week!). I think Damaris was looking specially pretty that day with her pocholin brooch of lerelerele. Please allow me this little nod to my girl; I have to take advantage of the few posts I write.

Poble Nou - The cat, you and us

Poblenou ended up being quite photogenic – I think we should come back to take more pics again some other time – and the food was also excellent. I guess spending the weekend near my office neighborhood wasn’t that bad at all, it is good as a playground. What do you guys think? Do you feel the same as me about spending free time near your workplace?

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  1. Vera ADDS...

    Oh, those are incredible photos and wonderful places! I have always wanted to go to the Disseny Hub Museum, how is it doing? By the way, the restaurant el 58 looks fantastic, I’ll check it out someday! With love,

    9th February 2015
    • We reply...

      Thanks Vera! Our next post would be about the Disseny Hub, hope it will be helpful! As a spoiler, it was ok, not our fav museum yet but it’s quite understandable as they just opened their doors. Give it an opportunity anyway, the first sunday of the month it’s free and the surroundings and building are worthy. Don’t miss the oportunity to try El 58, but be aware they are always full on weekends and you can’t reserve on advance, maybe trying to be there at the opening time is a good idea, it worked for us.

  2. Awww this is so cute! Damaris is beautiful! I would consider your workplace my playground, but if I was working there, I could see how it’d seem more like a workplace than a playground haha. In any case, I’d love to go there for a photo trip with friends. So my potential profile pictures to be taken! :P I guess my “workplace” would be my college campus. In the winter I have less motivation to go out into the cold, so it feels more like a workplace, but on the rare warmer days, I like to venture into the local town and visit coffee shops :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    9th February 2015
    • We reply...

      Thanks for your nice words Audrey! We started dating in college, so our campus was also our workplace and our playground during that time ;)

  3. Fiona ADDS...

    Aww you’re so sweet Dani! Nods to Damaris looking cute in her bear hoodie and your office surrounds look like such a fun place to explore. I had to laugh so hard at your “office look” I get super self conscious for photos if I think people are judging me and my posing ways :P

    10th February 2015
    • We reply...

      Thanks Fee! I have to confess that I feel way more confortable behind the camera while I don’t know how to act in front ;) I remember the first hour of our engagement session, I was terrified (and paralized in strange hiper static poses), thankfully time (and loooots of pics for the blog) helped me a little and nowadays I even move a little, hahaha.

  4. Jane Y. ADDS...

    It’s beautiful here. And I agree with you Dani! Damaris looks so sweet ;) I like the way they put up those comic pages. Are they comic pages? It reminds me of a place I used to frequent with my friends during our college years. There was a drinking place on 32nd St. in Manhattan called Anime and their walls were covered with pages from manga books :) The place has long since closed but that picture brought back memories! :)

    12th February 2015
  5. Ice Pandora ADDS...

    Tehehe you treat Damaris so well Dani c:
    It’s always nice to explore new places and
    spots! And sometimes they surprises you
    ^__^ Xx

    14th February 2015

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