I'm planning a trip to Barcelona next fall (Oct/Nov), stay there for a few days (about 5) then drive or take the train to the South of France, then fly back home from there. I've been researching related topics on tripadvisor, however, I don't trust their judgment as far as the culinary aspect of my trip is concerned. I've followed their recommendations before, and most lead me to tourist trap eateries that were mediocre at best. I do trust all of you here at CT to lead me to the right places to eat, and perhaps even to stay. /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif Any restaurant recommendation would be appreciated. Budgeting for dinner around the $100.00 per couple a night without drinks. Now as far as choosing a location to stay in...I'm not a party person, so would like to stay away from the nightlife. I would prefer to stay in a more residential neighborhood that's as quiet as can be. Staying on Las Ramblas is out of the question. I've heard good things about L'Exiemple District Barcelona. Seems more french-style, less busy, more locals. If you've been to Paris, I'm looking to stay on a street similar to Avenue Georges-Mandel. I made the mistake of renting an Apt. near the Odeon Metro, and every day I wanted to slit my wrists. I expect there to be a level of street noise because it is a city, but I'm looking to stay away from direct noise that prevents you from having a good nights sleep. I have an unusually low tolerance for noise. It's beyond my control. Detailed recommendations are greatly appreciated.