To Madrid or to Barcelona? Or the Best of Both Worlds – Part 5

This is the day most tourists in Barcelona would opt to spend lying on the beach, getting tanned and looking the part. Not me of course. If there is anything you’ve learnt about me by now it would be that I don’t really do beach! And since we come from a city with a gorgeous beach that we happen to live about 100m away from it didn’t feel like we were missing out…

Barcelona
As seen from the bus the day before

On the other hand Barcelona is a great walking city. There is plenty to see and experience while strolling it’s streets. Most of the attractions are clustered for the convenience of the tourists and usually there is a place to eat and shop nearby.

Barcelona

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barcelona

Off we went on four, holding hands and gazing; admiring Barcelona’s distinctive European city charm. Like most of them; at times it feels like walking through an open museum. Beautiful buildings and pieces of art are everywhere you look. People watching is also such an amusement there as Barcelona’s streets are never short of lookers and fashionistas.  We left the hotel with an agenda though; in the little time we had left we planned to steal a look at La Seu (The Cathedral) on our way to the Picasso Museum.  

Barcelona

barcelona

barcelona

barcelona

 

We detoured to the Mercat de Santa Caterina in the heart of the old city, another lively venue where you can enjoy a lovely midday meal without breaking the bank or even departing the scene. This market is totally connected as it comes with wireless internet access! If that is what you need during lunch.

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barcelona

Museu Picasso is located in the La Ribera neighborhood. An area of Barcelona once you’re at you could easily forget where you were heading in the first place and decide to get lost instead. The narrow alleys separating the old buildings are furnished with designer and antique stores. I fought the urge to stop at every single one of them. we had to stay on schedule for the museum visit and our departure shortly after; otherwise I was so tempted to linger even if just to window shop.

barcelona

barcelona

A long long queue awaited us at the museum. It wasn’t even one of those days when entrance is free, nevertheless it took us about 30 minutes to get in. inside we encountered a decent experience, a pleasant journey through Picasso’s life and work since his early days. No famous Picasso pieces are at display at this museum, but we still liked it. The gift shop was also great and had plenty of quirky merchandise, which reminds me that I still need to frame and hang those Las Meninas posters that I bought there.  

And so this was the end of our Barcelona endeavor. We left with a great sense of contentment and an extra suitcase! There was still much to see, do, eat and a bunch of other reasons to consider one day going back. For now we had a train to catch. Later in the evening we took the AVE back to Madrid. Upon our arrival we met a couple of friends for dinner in La Latina and took it easy for the rest of the evening. At home I asked Angel “Why am I so tired?” I never received the answer that question! He snored too loud to hear me I guess.

 

To be continued….

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