A gal walks into a bar, is the way of every good Irish tale...it is kind of funny
             that the first sponsoring of my Barcelona travels of 2017 and 2018 happens to be the yacht harbor 
                                             Irish Bar named FASTNET! Image may contain: 5 people, people sitting, people eating, table and outdoor
"I was a engineer on the yachts in the Barcelona Yacht Harbor many years, and being from Ireland missed my Irish beers, and thought alright let's open my own Irish bar. I bought the store here, which used to be a shoe store, and made it my personal pub. The name comes from the real Lighthouse that is from the coast of Ireland that the ships see as they travel to America. It is the last lighthouse that they see and the real Titanic saw that Lighthouse named Fastnet on his first journey," says Shane. Hmm I think. Not exactly a good luck lighthouse yet I guess if you come to the Fastnet Irish Pub in Barcelona you can be rest assured of a lifeboat if you get a little tipsy. (pun intended!)http://www.thefastnet.com/
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What I really loved about the Fastnet Irish Pub is the bartenders, first, who spoke English, were super sweet and nice to me, and the owners, Shane and Marijana, who along with one of their 4 children, Shane Jr., were eating at the tables. It is always a good sign when the owners are happy being at their pub, restaurant, skydiving adventures, bicycle stores, etc. If they are never there I am a little wary, however these charming people have fun and chat with you. They are real nice people who love their family, love the Irish Pub Fastnet, love Barcelona and love tourists. They say they have the most fun when it is full of locals and tourists and everybody is talking to each other and watching one of the England Football games or International Rugby Matches on the Televisions."The Rugby players and people are the nicest people you will ever meet," says Marijana when I say I thought the Rugby people were "tough". "On the television yes, in life they're super sweet." she says. 
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  "It is a Irish bar, " says Shane's very beautiful blonde Serbian wife, who came to Barcelona in 2003 and met her future husband at the bar. "I am on my way to having my fourth child and I am a homebody," she says, which to all the foreigners means a person that loves the quiet life of motherhood! How in the world does she deal with a real Irish guy that owns a Irish bar! "He is the typical wild party guy and I am a quiet person that is why we are a perfect match. You know people come to Barcelona from everywhere in the world and they want to experience the fun of the city. When people come here they want real Irish fun. Shane is REAL IRISH and I believe that is why they come. Since they appreciate the quality that they find here. The food is all homemade, the fish and chips and the Irish Stew and the beef from Ireland. All Irish. And it is a lovely price of all under 15.00 euros. Everybody can afford a couple of pints of Irish beer, such as Guinness or another import and a great quality meal. We ONLY HAVE IMPORTED BEER!"https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fastnet-Irish-Pub/291745214198912
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When I ask Marijana if it is love at first sight with her Irish husband?  "Yes, " she says! "Yet it took 7 years and a Indian Restaurant together along with the Irish pub to make it official!" O" I say that is why they have GREAT CURRY dishes too..including a Lamb Curry. "Yes our cook came with us from India!" she says. NOW  that is GREAT to know! Great Irish Pub Atmosphere with real GUINNESS and CURRY!
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 "Biking is still the most popular sport around the world, and Barcelona is a very friendly biking city with designated bike paths. You can have the vintage bikes for 24 hrs. and it is only 15Euros. The Vespas are only 39Euros for 24 hrs. That is real sweet since you can have the best time during the day and maybe go out for a wild tapa night of trying tapas around the city on the Vespas. You can try the tapas on the bikes too and drink a couple of Canas!" says Diego, who is real nice and fun and you will love meeting him. "Maybe next year I can think about a wine and tapa tour at night, that is something that I would love to do for a couple of hrs. Now you can come at 10.00am to 8.00pm and have a great time." 
Diego, a native Argentinian who has been in Barcelona 17 years now says, "I came to the city on vacation and I loved it too much! I met a girl who was Catalonian and we married and I learned to speak three languages, including English which I do badly!" although honestly his English is pretty darn good. "Now the last 3 years I wanted to do the Bike and Vespa store since it is the funnest way to zoom around Barcelona. If you have a international driver's license that is important." he says to make sure I tell you that!Resultado de imagen de fashion chicks riding vespas
     "For Europeans they can use the driver's license they already have, yet for internationals such as Australian or American or Canadian or South American, you must have the international driver's license or go to your embassy here and buy a official translate license that allows you to drive. Bikes of course you can ride without a license." Diego reminds all the tourists who are reading my site!
             Carrer de Trafalgar, 41. Barcelona
            T. 931 43 26 55  |  M. 635 881 391
                  totally nice, you will love him. Image may contain: 1 person, sitting and motorcycle
"I came to Barcelona and loved it since you can have fun in the International city or go a couple of kilometers out of the city and have fun in the mountains, on the beach, or in nature. It has a lot of variety and you can find something for everybody here. The bikes are for young and old, for families, or for couples or groups and the same with Vespas. If you have a driver's license or have a friend who does bring em along. The Vespa can fit two people, at least that is all I can legally have on my Vespa!" he says laughing. When we checked with the embassies in Barcelona the cost of the international license is:  
        It will take about 1 hour and the cost is 15.00€ 
                   Please visit the VespaSoul website to                                    receive license information
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"When I chose my colors I wanted people to associate the Vespa with the experience of fun around the city, not just transportation. It is about the adventure and having something cool to talk about when you come home from the Vacation. A group of girls come here and they're all dressed in fashion and they want to take photos for Instragram and they ride around the city in all the different colors. It is a great way to meet people to and  give rides!" See in the old days it was walking a dog and now it is riding a Vespa...the new way to pick someone up! 
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                                                                                              La Castanya 
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   "We tend to have more fun although the food, especially with Nicola's culinary genius, is pretty good at La Castanya," says Albert when I meet him at one of my favorite "let's have a drink" restaurant in bar named OVISO. No automatic alt text available.
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For Nicola and Albert and Mateo their dream of partnering with a couple of unique and cool restaurants that offer something a little different for everybody seems to be turning to a reality. Along with the first famous OVISO and the experimental MY FUCKING KITCHEN, they have just started the process of the new MY FUCKING RESTAURANT, that is a lot more upscale than the name suggests! No automatic alt text available.
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                                   Okay, finally have those cool Electric Bikes you have been waiting for! 
                                      and lovely Electric Bike tours such as "The Charms and Secrets tour"
                        which is Michela's favorite..."it is a tour that is about 2.5 hours long and it brings  you to the 
                        famous sites of the city along with quite special and private hidden treasures...if my friends from
                        Parma came to visit tomorrow I would take that tour with them!" she says laughing. 
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       I absolutely, positively LOVE HER!...the boss of Ebikes is the coolest most caring and funny person you will ever meet. "Yes I took a huge risk, actually, I am from Parma, Italy, and I have a PHD in Biotech Engineering. Which seems all high and mighty and well, actually is! Yet after 10 years I had signed a contract and the company said that for the next 6 years I could either find a new line of work or work for them...no competition allowed. So I said, alright , bye bye Italy and Berlusconi and Hello Barcelona Bike tours!" says Michela who is 40something, yet like the new French President's wife of 24plus years Macron's senior, looks 10 years younger! I thought her a teeny bopper. "Yes everybody says that and usually you would think that is lovely, yet they think I am a kid on Saturdays when I physically am present giving the guests the bikes and helping them with the knowledge of how to ride a electric bike. They don't take me seriously." she laughs when she says that. 
     "The first year that I came it is only me. I had only 12 bikes and for one year struggled yet I gave great customer service and always friendly. One day the big company named Continental Tires said they wanted a huge amount of their employees for the entire month to use my bikes and tours and after that! Wow everything changed! I went from 12 electric bikes to 25 and bought an additional 40 bikes! I had 12 bikes to 80 electric bikes in one year. That is when I said alright the risk is worth it!" 
     Her staff, which is comprising of a couple of part-time mechanics named Torsten, Sammi and Matilda all looks young and preppy too! "They are all international and Sophie is from Greece! I only have one person from Spain so when the private tours want guides that speak Italian, English, Greek, Spanish, German, Finnish, Swedish, Arabic, and the rest we have that covered!" she says.                  The Mechanics! Image may contain: 1 person, standing and indoor
"You know sometimes people come in and they do the electric bikes and I receive a call and they say, O can you come pick me up with a car since I am tired! and of course I do that. Maybe others don't, yet I do. It is rare and most people enjoy the electric bikes and the tours and they love the guides and the experiences and they have fun. It is about having fun and learning about the city of Barcelona. Yet if someone calls and says that they need help since a bike brokedown and I go to the people, it is usually the bike broke down since the person fell down. I say, O alright, and I try to solve it with a new bike. One time some young turkish people took 6 bikes and they stole 4! I was like O my gosh! and I had their Turkish passports! They pretended to call me from the Turkish Embassy and pretended to be State Department Turkish Employees and demanded the passports back! I explained to them that they had to bring back the bikes first! People do crazy things, yet I would say that 99.99% and a little bit more are honest people. Some not so!" she says laughing. "And I am a caring nice person, yet when you pretend to be from Turkey and you're stuck in Turkey don't expect sympathy from me!" she says. 
                       http://e-bikerentbarcelona.com/       
    HEY you want to see the famous stadium 

where the number one player of football inthe 

WORLD plays at...that is right, take a stadium 

tour and see where MESSE, THE WORLD FAMOUS ARGENTINE, PLAYS AT!
     right here in Barcelona, the only place in the world where you can do that! NOW THAT IS COOL... 
                                    C/ Cervantes 5
      
      Barcelona, Spain
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The funniest thing about Cultures around the world is that they all have one thing in common...their love of sports...                      
"The tours can be a maximum of 10 to 12 people and range from a Classic tour around the city to have a better understanding of the layout of Barcelona, to a more fun and intimate tour named The Barcelona Gotic and Bohemian Tour that includes a Spanish drink! Of course we don't do let's taste 5 wines on the tour since we want our guests and people back in one piece!" Michela adds laughing. Image may contain: one or more people, sky and outdoor
   She is a real caring and fun person who is in addition a mom to a 3 year old and hence the new tour namedDragon Hunter's Family Tour! Travel between the real world and the virtual world of Dragons hidden in Barcelona’s most interesting buildings with a total of 150.00Euros for 3 hours with a total group of 12 people included...cool. family tour barcelona - barcelona with kids
   "Since I am from Italy, I appreciate being allowed to experience and learn about the Spanish culture through all aspects of living and working here. I see that you have the cook&taste on your site and now I think that maybe I should visit and take a cooking class. I would love honestly in the future to add a class such as that to the tour.They can do 2hrs. around the city and on to the cooking class and ride off what they eat during that session on their way back! I love to learn about the different entreprenuers that work in my neighborhood, too, and I know that cook&taste is very respected.!" she says. 
                                                                                https://www.facebook.com/thelimehousebarcelona/
                     the limes, carders 31,  cool 100 + flavored Gins...gotta try em all! 
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"The Rubi is the first of our adventures and we started it with the three of us from day one. At first it took awhile for people to know about us, yet it started becoming popular, I would say during the first year. We had gin, of course and since two of us are from England, we were into the Hendricks Gin, which is a very good gin. Some chaps would come in the first 6 months and start asking for crazy Gin combinations and we would say Okay, we can do that. We had a cucumber on the side of the gin phase going on for the 6 months and others would ask for different fruits in the Gin. There is three of us, me, Alejandro and Con.  One of the partners, Con, said he wanted to try to make flavored gin. We said alright go for it. The first one I think was like Lemon Grass Black Pepper, something like that and everybody loved it. So we said alright let's try some more. When we opened the Lime Bar we made Gin the specialty there with about 100 flavors to try. Actually all of the bars are Gin Specialty bars know with our own flavored Gins. You have exotic Balsamic Vinegar Gin to Chocolate Gin. Some take days to make with the right flavor and some are easy such as the Chocolate. It just depends." says Matt. 
                           https://www.facebook.com/themintbarcelona/    
                                      Paseo Isabel II ,4               No automatic alt text available. "Everybody loves Mojitos and Gin, right? And of course limes go great with Gins, so hence the name The Lime, yet the Mint is the same with the Mint Mojitos and when we opened here people would say, O did you name the bar from across the street the Mint Building, where they used to make money, and we said no we didn't do that, yet it was named the Mint so people think that. Actually it is named Mint because of the love of Mojitos though!" laughs Matt when he says of the coincidence of the famous historical city. The Mint is actually located near the harbor in prime real estate! "Yes that is lucky for us since people already know about the other two bars and we say you should try the third one, and we have much more tourist walkbys here so I hope that helps people find us and try us out. It is about good music, good friends and ultimately, trying our Gins!" 
    Talked to "Matt" who is one of 3 bosses of the cool swanky bars in Barcelona named Rubi, The Lime, and The Mint, respectively. All the designs are done by Matt who says he loves the color red and loves to work with the wood carvings to make the exotic interiors that the three have become famous for. Image may contain: 1 person
"You know now the Rubi has about 20 different Gins and the Lime about 100. Here at the newest addition, the Mint, we're still working on the decor and the vibe. Since I do all the designs I have a great insect drawing that I am working on for the upstairs bar, and the rest have that red light glow behind the wood carvings. You know it is a bar. People drink and the only thing unbreakable is wood so that is what I had to do my designs with. And since we were three working guys you know we did all the interiors ourselves. We made the bars, the tables, the seats, the designs of the Gin Bottles, etc. I am very happy that people walk by and stop and say wow that is a cool bar. Or they come inside and start taking pictures and have a great time here. That is what it is all about. Having fun with your friends and listening to some great music and trying our gins." 
    "And if anybody has a suggestion for a new gin, we can try it...the first gin started with the people coming in asking for the cucumber added to the Hendricks in huge drinking glasses, which aren't typically gin glasses, and it sort of evolved over the years. I hope you love it." he says. 
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                                                                                                     Banys Vells 6 bis                                                                                                        
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The beauty of the bars is stunning to be honest. The designs in each since Matt made all three bars, is noticeable in its pattern, yet each a little different. "My love of design came when I worked in San Francisco at the age of 21 at a bar named Noc Noc. A Japanese husband and wife owned the bar and he did metal designs similar and I really loved his work. That and the fact everybody would oo and aa and take pictures of the designs either from the outside or coming in. I said to myself that I wanted someday to have a bar where they people came to admire my designs and I hope they do now. I don't know if the Noc Noc is still in San Francisco or not, yet I have great memories of that city." says Matt who is quite the world traveler actually. "Yes it is fun yet I used to be a lot wilder and now that I have a child I settled down a little." he says though, "It is fun to try the Gins though, you should try some." And of the ones he mentions, remember they have over 100, the Chili ones sounds kind of cool!