I had a chance to visit Barcelona for a wine show and having a few minutes on my own visited some random places in the beautiful city. I would like to advise staying in MURMURI Hotel and just round the corner there is a wonderful restaurant Petit Comite. Enjoy.
I have never been to Moscow just in between Christmas time and New Years Eve what is for Russians even bigger holidays than their Russian Christmas celebrations yet. Pompastic, beautiful, nicelly lighted, safe to walk at night in the centre streets, nice restaurants and many things to see. I would like to recommends a really nice hotel in the centre of Moscow - StandArt, what is small but very friendly and modern hotel with a perfect location to visit Kremlin and so called Small Moscow with full bars and restaurants.
Some nice restaurants to visit: Uiliam's, AQ Kitchen, AQ Chicken.
At this time of period it was a nice run away from a regular wet and not very winter weather in our country. This time we used Norvegian Air what today is No.1 transatlantic budget aircompany.