A Catalog of Europe's Highlights - June 2017 - 47
THREE STYLISH SHIPS
In the city synonymous with Gaudí, landmarks such as Basilica de la Sagrada
Familia and Casa Batlló can keep your camera clicking until tapas time rolls
around. But Barcelona's modernism heritage goes deeper, and the au courant
work of Spanish designers and masterful chefs hides among the ornate facades.
Viking Star's Wintergarden.
Viking Ocean Cruises' 930-passenger
oceangoing Viking Star feels like a floating
tribute to contemporary design. Taking
a cue from the line's Scandinavian roots,
staterooms and public spaces emphasize
natural light and materials: The serene
Wintergarden lounge, for example,
features Frank Gehry-designed chairs and
a ceiling of latticed wood and glass that
evokes a birch grove.
Calming colors in a Le Lyrial suite.
Clockwise from top left: A stroll through Barcelona, Gaudí's Casa Vicens,
and a tasty serving of churros.
French line Ponant's yacht, Le Lyrial,
calls on Mediterranean ports and channels
the sea on board with a soothing palette
of turquoise and white. Staterooms and
suites on the 264-passenger ship are
spacious - measuring up to 600 square
feet - and many have their own balconies.
(SHOPPING) XAVIER ARNAU/GETTY IMAGES, (CASA VICENS) PAT_HASTINGS/
GETTY IMAGES, (CHURROS) JASON BLACK EYEEM/GETTY IMAGES
Explorer's glitzy observation lounge.
9 am Grab coffee and a churro to go at Xurreria Trebol (Carrer de Còrsega 341), on
the edge of the trendy Vila de Gràcia neighborhood, and head for a bench in the leafy
Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia.
10 am From Gràcia, walk north of Sagrada Familia to Sant Pau Recinte Modernista
(Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret 167). This masterwork of lesser-known art nouveau
architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner was a hospital until 2009, and today serves as a museum. This
fall, you can head to the long-awaited opening of Casa Vicens (Carrer de les Carolines 18-24). The
checkered dwelling, an early work of Gaudí's, is reopening to the public after a year-long restoration.
"It's one of those little jewels. Not even Barcelona citizens know the interior and gardens yet," says
Francesc Escánez, a travel advisor based in the city.
1 pm Stop for a lighter lunch at cozy, casual Bar Brutal (Carrer de la Princesa 14). The
industrial-chic space serves only natural and organic wines, plus small plates featuring
charcuterie and seafood.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises' all-suite,
750-passenger Regent Seven Seas
Explorer includes an observation lounge
inspired by the Roaring Twenties and a
694-seat theater for live performances.
For more intimate concerts, book the
two-bedroom Regent Suite, furnished
with its own custom-built Steinway piano.
4 pm After siesta, a daily break between 2 pm and 4 pm when many businesses close, start
your shopping in the Born and La Ribera districts. Try Custo Barcelona (Plaça de les
Olles 7) for separates in Barcelona-bright hues, and browse delicate frocks at Natalie Capell
(Carrer de la Carassa 2). Visit Hàbit (Carrer dels Lledó 4-6), the atelier of Miquel Barberà, for
striking gems and jewels. For custom-made espadrilles from flat to stacked, head to La Manual
Alpargatera (Carrer d'Avinyó 7).
9 pm Escánez suggests Michelin-starred Petit Comitè (Passatge de la Concepció 13) for
top-tier Catalan cooking from chef Nandu Jubany. Start with marinated tuna belly or
grilled vegetables with romesco sauce, and finish with roast suckling pig.