Barcelona Day 2 aka My Feet Hurt

Trip Start Jul 23, 2012
Trip End Aug 15, 2012

Flag of Spain  , Catalonia,
Saturday, July 28, 2012

We had quite the busy day today, after our night of listening to Screamy McYell-a-lot and his night terror symphony.  After a yummy breakfast on the terrace of our b&b, we swung by the Tourist Office and grabbed 2 Artickets, which gets you into 7 museums with NO LINE.  Really, we just bought it for the Picasso Museum and La Pedrera (Gaudi's apartment building) but we got to see some other rather interesting exhibits along the way.  We made our way to the Museum of Contemporary Art. which do I say this without sounding unappreciative?  We have visited the Centre Pompidou, MOMA in NYC, and umpteen other art museums in various cities.  This one was disappointing.  There were 3 exhibits by only 3 artists, and only 1 was worthwhile.  But, it was hot and the museum was air conditioned, so it wasn't all bad.  :) 
Second stop: Barcelona Cathedral in the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter).  It was one of the most lovely Spanish cathedrals we've ever seen, and we spent quite a bit of time taking pictures and checking out all the smaller chapels built in.  After we finished there, we wandered the Barri Gotic for a while.  There was a wild protest going on outside of City Hall; people were marching in protest of cuts to education.  Right on!  It's nice to see a society that's not apathetic (though not necessarily successful either). 
We stopped for an insane 'tapas assortment' lunch at a small bar in Barri Gotic.  When will we learn that we don't need to eat that much at lunch?  Oh, but it was so worth it.  The croquetas, the patatas bravas, the queso and jamon...  Scrumptious!  That stuffed us full enough to wander dazed through the Picasso Museum.  It was fabulous!   Housed in a gothic mansion, this museum has works of Picasso's from his very early childhood all the way through the end of his life.  Each room isn't packed with works, so you have room to enjoy all of his artistic periods.  If you get to Barcelona, this museum is tops on our list of things to see.  No photos were allowed, which allowed us to just enjoy the art without juggling a camera the whole time. Loved it!
We made our way out of the Barri Gotic onto the Passeig de Gracia.  This road is filled with designer shops and some of the most amazing buildings by Antonio Gaudi.  We headed to La Pedrera (Casa Mila), one of his apartment buildings.  Astonishing architecture!  I won't go into too much detail.  Just check out the pictures and you'll see what I mean.  We walked past the other apartment, Casa Batllo, on our way back home, but didn't go in.  The facade was enough to tantalize. 
After a good long rest, we got dressed up and headed out for tapas.  It's so easy and cheap to do here, why bother with anything else?  After stopping at a relatively fancy place near our b&b, we trekked through the neighborhood looking for something cheaper.  And we found it at Lizzaro.  A long bar filled with tiny montaditos (tapas skewered on pieces of bread) greeted us.  Cheap beer, wine, and tapas.  We were happy campers. We stayed for a long time, ate our weight in tapas, and watched them slowly whittle down the plates until it was almost closing time.  Count your toothpicks at the end of the meal and pay up!  It was the perfect relaxing way to cap off the day. 

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