In July 2017 we toured Spain presenting “Ultracosmetics", our book. July is, like a good summer month, long and warm. There was time for everything: to read, to eat and to watch the sun go down.
MADRID: KNOW OUR FAVORITE LIBRARY
We chose Panta Rhei to present our book in society. It was inevitable. We have entered (and bought) many times there, we like its owners, real bookstores and it has that air between relaxing and expectant that a bookstore should always have. The red bookcase at the entrance is one of the most inspiring places in the city. His selection of illustrated books is wonderful, the table of fashion books another, the graphic novel table another and we could not stop. Of course, they also sell "Ultracosmetics". (Calle Hernán Cortés, 7, 28004 Madrid).
MADRID: WATCH THE RETREAT FROM ABOVE
It is not easy to do it, so when we find a place that allows it, we celebrate it. The terrace of the H10 Puerta de Alcalá is open to all, guests and the curious. It has an unusual view of half Madrid (or the whole). We like that the Retiro looks so green, almost like a salad in the middle of the city. This park is very laconic because in it, during the Book Fair, we were signing copies. Now that it has finished we will go up to this terrace to have a wine and remember it. And to take tons of photos. (Calle de Alcalá, 66, 28009 Madrid).
VALENCIA: EAT RICE (AND SOMETHING ELSE) BY THE SEA
When we presented the book in Valencia we had no choice but to go to the beach. The sea is always a magnet. We decided to eat at La Patacona after having an aperitif at La Más Bonita with our feet still wet. We don't get too complicated: we choose a fresh and delicious "Menu of the Day" at Casa Patacona. The ineffable rice was not lacking, but neither were the clóchinas, the salad and the fruit. We were already ready to tell "Ultracosmética". (Paseo Marítimo de la Patacona, 14, 46120 Alboraya, Valencia).
BARCELONA: ENJOY SPA & SPAGUETTI
The Relax & Refuel pack of the Spa Cowshed is one of those secrets that we find difficult to share. It consists of a half to an hour treatment plus a meal (two courses!) At Cecconi's. This which sounds appealing but simple, is triggered when we add two words: Soho House. Then the palatable becomes highly desirable. The spa is warm and theatrical and the restaurant is spectacular and rich. Reservation. We did it to get ready for the presentation of the book. In addition, the price is unbeatable: € 50 (half-hour treatment + food). (Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli, 4, 08002 Barcelona).
BARCELONA: RECREATING IN SPRITZ & CIELO
A sunset over the rooftops of the city. There are many good terraces there. Some are shy and do not show much, but there they are, under the sky and among plants. The Midmost Hotel has a great place to have a pre-dinner aperitif, which is a custom we cultivate. It is five minutes from Plaza de Cataluña and very close to heaven. (Carrer de Pelai, 14, 08001 Barcelona).
SEVILLE: VISIT A CHAOTIC SPACE
Chaotic is a bookstore that we would go to non-stop if we lived in Seville. As we do not live, we choose, to compensate, to present the book there. Chaotic is a project that is much more than a bookstore. Behind you have people who love books. The first floor is a cafe with communal tables where people read and work. We like the book section and how lively it is. Of course, “Ultracosmetics” is sold there. (Calle José Gestoso, 8, 41003 Seville).