Day 2 – oops, slept in again. Craig should have woken me, but finally crawled out of bed for a lovely late breakfast at a nearby bakery. I chose a spinach quiche. But far from ordinary, it was both sweet and savory with golden raisins and pine nuts in the quiche.
Should have purchased passes/reservations for Sangrada Familia….the lines!
Headed down to the Born area where we visited the Cathedral de Santa Maria. Built in 1600’s its stained glass, especially the rose window was extraordinary. Flying buttresses everywhere! We found a winding stairwell—comparable to a nautilus shell, where we were able to look down upon the cathedral and appreciate its grandeur.
Worked our way over to the Picasso Museum but not willing to wait on queue for an hour. Maybe next trip. Worked our way down towards the port and saw the striking monolith of Christopher Columbus. Of course, we had to walk Las Ramblas, just to say we had done it. Filled with tourists and locals, the walkways spilled out with street artists, performance artists, tzatche shops, bars, restaurants and lots of interesting people to enjoy.
Entering the Mercat de Boqueria, every sense was explored—the smells of fine chocolate and spices were amazing. Viewing all the fresh seafood, I was blown away at the number of different sizes and types of prawns…there are some major big prawns! The sounds of hungry locals and tourists ordering tapas at small lunch counters. Stall after stall of fruits and vegetables, much fresher and more beautiful than anything you see in the states, sans a farmers market with abundantly more. Seven miles so far and another walk to and from dinner to come.
Dinner tonight: Etapes…amazing! A prix fix menu, truly a five-star meal:
Scallops with pork belly
Lamb shank with potato foam – I haven’t eaten lamb for probably 50 years, but if I am going to eat it, it should taste like this.
Tiramisu to melt in your mouth
Note to self: Spaniards dine al fresco, but also smoke 😦