Barcelona – September 2012
A few friends and hired a house in the El Poble Sec neighbourhood, not far from La Ramblas. The neighbourhood was lovely and very cute to walk around, and our thoughtful host left us a list of restaurants to visit including the delicious Quimet Quimet. Not speaking a word of Spanish at that time was a bit of a challenge (don’t listen to people when they say you don’t have to speak spanish in Spain) we mostly got through by pointing at items and saying gracias profusely. Although you really had to search for it the food in Barcelona is incredible, one of the recommendations was Cerveza Catalana and it was one of the top meals of my life. I did go with some friends who had a few dietary requirements (vegetarian/gluten/everything intolerant) so they struggled a bit but as I eat everything (except anchovies!) it was a feast. The Boqueria market was incredible and I stuffed myself with fresh juices, so much jamon and weird delicious candy.
We joined a cycling tour of the city to checkout the Gaudi pieces scattered throughout the city, and I made the trek out to park Guell and Sagrada Familia which both look like they have been ripped straight from a Dr Seuss book.
We also took day trip out to Figueres to visit the Dali Musueum where he is also buried. This was one of the most amazing museums I have ever been to, they have created a museum that in addition to the art the building is a work of art itself. This and Mona are my favourite museums in the world.
We spent our last day in Barcelona outside of Barcelona at Sitges beach swimming in the heavenly mediterranean ocean, drinking beer and lying on the beach. It was glorious.