Barcelona!

Posted on September 24, 2012 by Fraser Doherty

 

I absolutely adore Barcelona! - tapas for dinner, a beach in the middle of the city,  sangria in the park and fun Spaniards drinking €3 mojitos and dancing all night long..

Park Guell, designed by Gaudi, is definitely the most beautiful park I have ever been to.  You can't help but feel that Walt Disney must have been inspired by Gaudi's style - it is so whimsical and fun.  The details are absolutely nuts.  I walked around the place imagining the poor workers building all the twists and turns, "for God's sake Gaudi, can't we just make the ceiling flat!? Nobody's even going to look at it!".

There can't be a finer spot for a picnic than in this park, overlooking the whole city.  We grabbed some picnic supplies at La Boquieria; a vast market perfect for stocking up on Iberian hams, Manchego cheeses, Cava, stuffed olives and all kinds of other Spanish delights.

We spent a lot of time wandering around in circles, completely but happily lost, in the Barri Gotic area - its pretty touristy but there are lots of nice little tapas pit stops, cava pit stops and Horchata (almond milk) pit stops to be made along the way.

We managed to fill our faces pretty successfully..  A couple of highlights were the spectacular 'contemporary Catalonian' dishes at Restaurant L'Etapes and a few cheap tapas feasts around town.  We had some swanky drinks at Hotel Arts and at the W, as well as at some of the tiny little bars around Barri Gotic.

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