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Went to La Ramblas, the main thoroughfare through the city - this is where all the actions is. We had some tapas and a sangria at the restaurant. The La Ramblas is a fantastic area for tourists. There are shops, cafés, buskers, markets, etc. took a deviation to the markets and wow what a fantastic market. They had fruit, veg, meats, fish all excellently presented. ...
... quite a contrast from restaurants in the United States. This came in handy when we received the shot of coffee liqueur and weren't sure whether to sip on it or not. I made eye contact with our waiter and he motioned for us to throw it back in one shot. So we did.
Day 3: Today was devoted to seeing another Gaudi masterpiece, Parc Güell, which is a little bit farther away from the city center. The park, designed by Gaudi, was built in 1900 ...
... although we had our reservations about how it felt as a space, it has great beauty. We realise how many mundane structures there are in our world, this is not one. Gaudi drew from nature, symbols, mathematics (spirals, leaf shapes etc) and there is an integrity about the whole structure. The light comes through modern strained glass in primary colours. Rather than me rabbit on, suffice to say, it was moving and inspiring.
... lots of people walking around trying to sell you stuff, like coconut, mojitos, beer, water, massages, hair braids, scarfs and beach dresses. It's pretty crazy. Not exactly a peaceful beach! We decided to get dinner on La Rambla, it's pretty touristy but had to be done. We got tapas to start. Patatas bravas which is fried potatoes covered in a slightly spicy sauce, potato croquettes and chorizo on French stick, very yummy. Then we get paella, I got the ...
... Ah the romance of travel eh? I took this auspicious occasion on my long, lonely journey into the unknown to read Heart of Darkness, which turned out to be a more apt choice than I initially realized, and to draw the wind turbines passing my window, being jousted by a space-age Don Quixote.
THRILLING TALES OF SUSPENSE!
More interesting than that: Bullfighting! It's crazy! A bull nearly flipped ...