Barcelona/Sitges questions

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  1. george

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    I am sorry if this is not the proper place to post this, or even the site itself but...here it goes.

    Can anyone suggest any good gay bars/clubs in Barcelona that might cater to a more mature (over 35 year old crowd) and where many patrons might speak english?

    Also, I know Sitges is far more international and diverse in its patrons from experience, it is mainly Barcelona where I have found mostly small bars/clubs but with very young crowds.

    Also, can anyone say anything good or bad about the Parrot Hotel in Sitges? Suggest any other hotel there that is affordable?

    THANK YOU!!
     
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    George you posted in the perfect forum. I have to call some friends that I traveled to Spain with to get some details for you. If you have never been before you will love it. I had one of the best vacations of my life there, but part of it was the company. I'll report back in the next day or two.
     
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    midlifebear will know the answer to this as well. Hit him up if he doesn't see this post.
     
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    Thank you so very much!!! I was in Sitges last year but don't know Barcelona very well. I was worried someone would chastise me for posting here and here are yu two friendly gents! Thank you both so much.
     
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    Thank you very much. I will hit up "midlifebear" directly and se what wisdom he has to share. Can't thank you enough!
     
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    OK George, here is what I have on Sitges...since you have already been there I don't know if this will be of any help or not. I have not spent any time in Barcelona in years, I tend to skip it and go straight to Sitges, but Barcelona is a beautiful city with much to see.
    In Sitges the Hotel Romantic is great but get a room with a private bath and terrace. The bar in the hotel is great during Happy Hour even if you are not staying there. I've never stayed there during high season because they don't have air conditioning. But it's a great hotel as the name says it is very romantic.
    The Hotel Melia is about a 10 minute walk to town, but it's only a 3 minute walk to the gay nude beach.
    There are about 30 bars and clubs most on the smallish side, and tons and tons of gay restaurants, get a gay map or follow the crowd.
    Sitges is a late night town, Take a nap after happy hour and dinner and don't even think about going out to the bars until 11:00 pm The Clubs start to hop about 1:00-2:00 it's not unusual for a group of people to leave someplace all at once and go on to the next bar so someplace may be empty one minute and packed the next, start talking to a group and join the bar hopping that lasts until morning! Have a great trip!

    www.hotelromantic.com/
    www.melia-sitges.com/es/index.html
     
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    Thank you NudeYorker, that was actually GREAT advice! I have not heard of those hotels you mentioned. I did notice clubs mostly packed to where you could not move and then sort of empty, so I guess I have to follow the crowds.
    Thanks also for the tip of latching on to a group and joining them, I will be going next month and taking this information for me.
    The hotel Romantic sounds like agreat new spot to try.

    THANK YOU!!!
     
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    George it took me a while to find these, but here are some pictures of Hotel Romantic...I have a whole disc of Sitges, but since you have been you don't need them. Make sure you take lots of photos to share with everyone!
     

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    nudeyorker, beautiful pictures!! Thank you, that outside garden is gorgeous. I can imagine it at night. I am definitely going there next month.
    Thank you so very much for your advice and tips and also to midlifebear who wrote me a very thorough account of places he suggested. I can't wait!! THANK YOU ALL so much. What a great group of guys here, so comfortting and nice to know such people exist and are willing to help a perfect stranger. I can't thank you enough.
     
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    WHAA!!!! I want to go to Spain!!!! NO FAIR!!!! :rant:
     
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    Jason_Els:

    I wish you could come, too. I'm certain the catalán lifestyle would be much more soothing and healthful for you than New York. The air is certainly cleaner. I have a great fondness for (parts) of New York City and the rest of the State. However, my business partner, The Wise Hugo, had his brothers from Amsterdam show up in NYC for an intervention after TWH had been in NYC for six months. They practically had to shove him in a packing crate and ship him on a freighter. He'd traveled to NYC with the invitation for a job. After six months his demeanor (actually, his total personality) had taken a turn for the worse. He was becoming a New Yorker. This if fine if that's the way you want to roll. But in Amsterdam (and especially Barçelona), we have a much different view of living and emphasizing the enjoyment of being alive. Here in BCN the only people who stand in lines are tourists. And when total strangers approach people and are friendly, we don't immediately make an inventory of our wallets and the nearest exit, or wonder how much money the stranger is going to hit us up for. People are genuinely friendly here and rarely have an ulterior agenda. But we do tend to frown and avoid the throngs of tourists who crowd the more famous plazas and ramblas.

    When you recover from your current fight come to BCN anytime and you'll be welcome to stay with me and The Squeeze as our pampered guest. I'd like to drag Bbucko here, too. There's no question that leaving the USA and moving to BCN has improved my health and life in general. It's probably extended it. But that's me. I don't expect everyone to follow my example. After all, there is Bora Bora.

    By the way, it's hot and humid in BCN, as one would expect. The dog shit is piling up on the sidewalks, but there is a promise of rain next week which will wash most of it away.

    Buenas suerte mi favorito genio de LSPG.
     
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    I wish I had bought an apartment in Barcelona ten years ago. If I had, I would be out of the UK yesterday.
     
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    Oh I'm certain I would love it. I'm a night person and Spain is an entire country of night people. My cousin, who has some minor fame in Spain as a folk singer (her mother is from Asturias), married a famous bullfighter named, appropriately enough, Narcisso, and they lived in Majorca outside of Palma. They'd get-up in the morning, do some chores, tend to their lemon grove, then spend siesta in a little pavilion right on the beach. It sounded beyond idyllic until she caught him with another woman :rolleyes:. I've very often regretted not visiting her while she was living there.

    I don't live in NYC itself. I live outside the city about 70 miles in what is now an exurb. I'm surrounded by fresh air and trees and animals and flowers and things. The city/Jersey people who have moved up here are rude and obnoxious beyond belief (the senior community biddies are the rudest goddamn cunts I've ever come across) but there are still a few natives left who are not like that. My life isn't hectic but under our joke of a healthcare system it is ridiculously stressful as I have to constantly prove to the government I'm miserable enough to get the "free" healthcare I've been paying for in taxes my entire life.

    You don't know anyone out your way who would like to marry a nice American man like me would you? Do NOT be surprised when I take you up on your offer. After this, providence willing, I'll need a vacation and I'm going to Spain to visit you and DaveyR.

    And send me your email address. I'll send you an MP4 of a track from one of my cousin's CDs. It's a song entitled, Aldonza. Quite fitting I think and it's only 4MB.
     
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