My Last Night in Barcelona...
Trip Start Apr 20, 2009
30Trip End Jul 20, 2009
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I had spent the wandering around the city. I really like it, but unfortunatly so many things are undergoing renovation, so a lot of things that I would have liked to see were not fully accessible. The fountain at the park that is supposed to have all these sculptures of mythological creatures, one of the houses on the ĻBlock of DiscordĻ, most of the Palau Gaull, and the Gothic Cathedral... I went up to the roof of the cathedral because I thought that it might have a nice view of the city, but since they hadnīt completed the rooftop walkways and were doing a ton of restoration on the main tower, it wasnīt the best view, thatīs for sure. I probably should have thought about that one for an extra second and would have realized, but lesson learned for future cathedral rooftop visits when they are under renovation. : )
Then it was of to the other church - La Sagrada Familia!
By then I was starving and thought I should have some seafood tapas, since Iīm on the Mediteranean coast! I ordered some meatballs and fried fish. I thought that the fish would be pieces, but I was wrong. It was basically a pretty decent size portion of little beheaded and gutted fishes that had been fried! So I squeezed some lemon on them and managed to finish them off, admitedly with a bit of ketchep because they were relatively tasteless, but I didnīt want to waste food that I had paid for... Thankfully they were filling! The meatballs on the other hand were really quite tasty. They came in a tomato sauce with peas and some chewy white stuff (some kind of tofu maybe?)
Today was spent walking entirely too much, but I got to see a lot more of the city that I didnīt get to see yesterday. I started off with a visit to the Picasso Museum. That man had some real talent! It was really nice to see the development of his work over his lifetime. I liked seeing his personal sketches as well as some pieces from the rose period. After that, I headed over to the Museum of Chocolate. Apparently there is a chocolate sculpture of La Sagrada Familia in there, but I was told that other than that it was pretty boring and just to get the hot chocolate with some whipped cream. No need to convince me of that one! It was FANTASTIC! Thicker than the hot chocolate that I am used to and definately richer... Mmmmm!
The weather was nice still, so I headed to the beach and fell asleep for awhile getting some sun. So relaxing! When I woke up, it had clouded over quite a bit and I wanted to go up to the area known as Montjuic. Itīs supposed to have some great views of the city from an old castle. I took a ride up on the subway fenicular and then took a cable car in the air to the top. I bought the roundtrip ticket, although in retrospect, I would recomend a one way ticket and walk back down. It was a great view, thatīs for sure! I walked around the area which is one GIGANTIC ĻparkĻfull of museums and gardens and such. I found some nice gardens that no one was really in and got to take some nice secluded photos.
For part of my dinner I tried this fruit that I had picked up at the market the other day. It was huge, about the size of a large grapefruit - bright pink in color and kinda spiky-looking.
I forget what itīs called, but there were white and red versions. (I had bought the red one.) The inside was fuscia in color, with hundreds of tiny black seeds.
The texture was similar to that of a kiwi, but it was nowhere as sweet as I expected that it might be. The flavor was actually pretty bland, almost kinda like an unripe watermelon. Anyway, it was something to try...
Gonna go get some sleep though, I have a really long train ride tomorrow.
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