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New web site: coming very soon!
November 4, 2012, 3:54 pm
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Our singing guide sings!
March 29, 2013, 1:36 pm
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Carola, our new singing guide, singing her little heart out at Ángels and on youtube.

What began as a duet almost ended up as a duel, but no guides were harmed in the making of this video!

Just checking…
March 29, 2013, 1:07 pm
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…to see if this goes on the myft facebook page!

Here’s hoping!!!!!!

March 29, 2013, 11:57 am
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Spring has sprung, so as our fresh & frilly new website: check it out:

Not  not much green around in the northern hemisphere,  so maybe better to visit the esaterbunnies down south!

Plenty of new alternative tours, activities & accommodation in Barcelona and around!

Happy Easter!!



Alternative soundtrack of myft
November 7, 2012, 1:09 pm
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Angel, cooking from the heart
November 5, 2012, 12:12 pm
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Entering Angel’s for the first time takes a little courage: you peer through darkened glass into premises (with no sign) you are unsure house a junkshop, a restaurant or some bizarre social centre. Continue reading

November 4, 2012, 2:21 pm
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Het was erg leuk in Barcelona, we hadden een erg leuke citytrip. Chris deed dit uitstekend waarvoor dank.

Ivan De hoon


Hi Katrien,

Just got back to Uk and thought we better send you and Mar a quick thank you for the tour in Barcelona. Mar was great. Really was a different kind of tour so to speak.  My daughter really did enjoy it.
All the best with business and life. Hope we’ll have the opportunity to enjoy your beautiful city again soon.

Warmest regards,

ross and Holly


Hi Katrien,
Thank you very much for dropping the recipes off for us – if only we had your market too!
Thought you would like to know that we took your advice and went to Les Planes on Sunday for calcots! We didn’t get there until about 4.15 as we’d been on the tour bus earlier! We had an interesting time to say the least.
When we arrived at the station the train door wouldn’t open and we were forced to go on to the next stop! We had to get off and find our way back to Les Planes again! When we got there it was just as you said it would be- total madness!!! We somehow got a number to join the queue in the restaurant but they spoke as much English as we did Spanish! We ordered the calcots and some tomato bread but we didn’t know that we had to do the bread ourselves! When we started nibbling on the dry bread the couple alongside us took pity on us and showed us what to do!! Duh!! Spot the tourists! It was good fun though!
The train back wasn’t without drama either! A young couple were having a tearful argument which got worse and worse which ended when the guy collapsed on the floor! Les rushed to help but his lack of Spanish hindered his medical knowledge to say the least! He pulled the alarm handle to keep the train in the station and eventually help arrived to carry the guy off the train, along with his sobbing wife, baby, pushchair and puppy (which nearly fell onto the train line just to add to the drama!).
An interesting Sunday!
Anyway, thanks for all your helpful information- we wouldn’t have had such an interesting time without you!! We’ll certainly pass on your details to anyone we know going to Barcelona!
Good luck!
Ros and Les

November 4, 2012, 2:19 pm
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Dear Katrien:  We have returned home from Spain, and I wanted to take the time to write and let you know what a wonderful tour of Barcelona we had with Mar.  The time flew by, and we covered not only a lot of physical territory, but were treated to Mar’s deep appreciation and knowledge for the history of her city.  I feel more connected to Barcelona, and hope to return.

Regards, Ellen Pfeffer

November 4, 2012, 2:18 pm
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het was super , dit weekend in Barcelona!

prachtig appartement en fantastische gastheer!


bedankt Kelly

November 4, 2012, 2:18 pm
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Hola Katrien,

I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you so much for all your help and typically wonderful Spanish hospitality.
We did a tour 6th sept My favourite fusion and it was so enjoyable.
The guide, (whose name I have stupidly forgotten due to jet lag and travelling all these weeks), was such a lovely person. I really enjoyed speaking with her and want to wish her all the best with her writing and journalism.
I loved El Born and La Ribera and felt much more orientated to take in Barcelona after the tour. Prior to visiting Barcelona, I was concerned that I would only be able to experience the more shallow touristy side of things – I felt like this helped me step “over the thresh hold” – if that is possible in only a week or so… I found people so warm and enthusiastic and honest in opinion (and everything else) in Barcelona, it was really touching. I felt very honoured.

I want to thank you also for organising our stay with Quico and Maurizio at Las Tres ranas. What wonderful charming special people. So open hearted. We felt very honoured to share this sanctuary in the busy but fascinating Barri gotic.

I am wanting to do anything I can to help promote and tell other people about My Favourite things. I will be writing to Lonely Planet and forums there.

Best of luck to you, maybe we will be back one day I hope! thank you so much once again,