Friday, October 19, 2018

Barcelona Reflections

Last night, we stumbled upon the travel show  I'll have what Phil's having on Netflix. The host Phil Rosenthal is the creator of the hit TV comedy Everybody Loves Raymond (1996 to 2005, and was our favorite show at the time). We watched two episodes of the travel show; in each, he skypes his parents and reports his experiences in the new city. In Seinfeld fashion. Phil is a comedian all right. The episode on Barcelona is the inspiration for this post. We were there this time last year.

It was our first visit to Barcelona and we were very impressed with the city, from the architecture to the people and its food. It is vibrant, friendly, ornate, and full of surprises at every turn. Architecture buffs will rejoice in ambling along Passeig de Gràcia, where three Modernista buildings - Casa Amatller, Casa Batllo and Casa Lleó Morera - stand in the same block (between Carrer del Consell de Cent and Carrer d’ Aragó).
Casa Amatller
Casa Molera
Casa Batllo
Alleyways are fun to wander around
Fancy street lighting
We spent a day walking all along La Rambla to Maremagnum, the distinctive waterfront mall at Port Vell. We were more into people watching than shopping. There are plenty of places to sit outside, soak in some sun and watch the boats and kayaks go in and out of the port.
Mirrored entrance to the mall
Reflection of us in front of the car in the middle
Barcelona is a food lover's paradise. The churros were delicious, and the array of tapas was amazing. We discovered a store called Vicens, which makes some fantastic nougat and chocolate. We were lucky to run into a food festival or farmer's market on a Saturday morning.
Tapas at Taverna Basca Irati
The Boqueria, the market along the La Rambla is a feast for the eyes. We tried the ubiquitous jamon but found it too gamey for us.
Endless varieties of seafood at the Mercat de la Boqueria
You can eat at a bar at the Boqueria
Jamon at a farmer's market
Jamon at a restaurant
Street food near Parc Ciutadella -roasted sweet potatoes and chestnuts. Yum!

The only thing we missed was a good paella dinner. We'll have to come back. Meantime, we look forward to watching more of Phil's travel show. Have you seen it?

This post is shared on Weekend Reflections and Our World Tuesday. 

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