Thursday, May 29th

May 29, 2008 at 11:43 am 5 comments

Well, today Alex and I made plans to meet for lunch. She was working at the archives and when we lived here I would often go there to meet her for lunch. Typically, we would go to this bakery on the other side of the bridge and today, planned the same.

I walked down Ramblas de Raval, where the famous bronze Gato de Raval is …………..

It’s huge

Just past there I picked up a bicycle at a bicing stand. You have to read about bicing in Alex’s blog, it’s an amazing system in Barcelona and a similar system has just recently been installed in Paris. Anyhow, I cycled over to the archives and sat outside waiting for Alex to come out. The sun was hot and the wait was nice.

Alex comes out and says that a blog friend of hers, Bruna, was helping out in a restaurant near there so we decided to go there instead. The restaurant is called Vonblum and it’s on C Casp 75. The website is (designed by Bruna of course).

Bruna is brasilian, like Alex. She’s originally from Sao Paulo but lived in England and Paris before moving to Barcelona with her French husband. She went to university in Paris and has a degree in Computer Science and Fine Art, only the French………….

Anyhow, we get there and she introduces us to Jessica who together with her boyfriend, built up VonBlum. (I had incorrectly said that Jessica’s bf built it up)  Jessica met Bruna though Alex’s blog. It’s a cool story so go read, yeah you know, Alex’s blog. She’ll go into more detail.

Bruna’s sister, Barbara, is the cook there…..

The food was great and filling and the place is really comfortable, well decorated and bright

It has neat little artsy decorations all over the place……..

I didn’t get photos of Bruna or Jessica but (yeah, you know)……..

Got home on a bicing and started writing this. We’ll try and meet Bruna for a coffee later on.

Here’s a picture of a face on a fountain…….

By the way, even though it’s been raining every day, there’s a drought here and all the fountains are empty of water.

Have a great day

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lunch today « building bridges  |  May 30, 2008 at 8:02 am

    […] You can see more pictures and Alan’s take of the place, in his blog. […]

  • 2. Bruna  |  May 31, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Hello! Wow, I feel like a bit of a celebrity, appearing in both your blogs, with such great photos. Thank you so much, on behalf of Vonblum, for all the comments and details about the café. We appreciate it, and hope to see you soon!
    And it was great to meet you finally, although very quickly while running around the tables…

  • 3. jessica  |  August 8, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Hi Alan, happy you had a good time with us….thank you very much for the post and great pics as bruna already mentioned above.
    I would love to correct something on your lovely post about your day there…..but vonblum is a space I built up together with my boyfriend.
    He does not solely own the space….small detail that was bugging me with the incorrect information 🙂
    Typical woman – hope you understand
    Regards Jessica

  • 4. Soraya  |  August 9, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    so happy to read and see that vonblum is picking up fans from all over the place! 🙂

    i can’t wait to finally come and have a coffee and the yummy food. it’s amazing what jessica, bruna and barbara have made of this – last time i went it was still a construction site!

  • 5. Alan Bell  |  August 10, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Jessica, my apologies. The correction has been made


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