Monday, August 16, 2010

Cava on the Balcony

We are enjoying a glass of cava (Spanish sparkling wine) on our private balcony for our late afternoon break. Yesterday, after dropping our luggage at the hotel, we headed down La Rambla, a main pedestrian area of Barcelona. Being Sunday it wasn't too crowded. This is a must do walk when you are here, but once done, it doesn't need to be repeated. It is lined with souvenir stands, flower stalls, and on weekdays, bird sellers. Apparently birds are a favorite pet in Barcelona.
We next headed to the Picasso Museum, avoiding the long ticket lines by purchasing our Articket at the hotel. This multi-museum pass allows you to skip the ticket lines. The museum focused on his earlier work from the age of 14. While there were a number of his cubist works, the majority of the work was unlike those we usually associate with Picasso.
We also visited the old cathedral in Bari Gotic, the oldest section of Barcelona, and the City History Museum. The latter was surprisingly interesting as you walked through Roman ruins from 11 BCE. As we descended in the elevator to the Roman section, well below the level of the current city, the elevator display counted back from 2010 to -11.
Dinner last night was at a Basque steakhouse not far from the cathedral, Sagardi Euskal Taberna. The anchovies cooked in olive oil and herbs were very good. It is the first time we have had fresh anchovies. (See photo from yesterday's post). We also shared a large grilled T-Bone for 2 and a side of grilled pimenton (red peppers). You better like your steak rare, as that is how it will be prepared. They don't ask how you like it cooked. That was perfect for us.
Our activities for today, Monday, will follow in another post.

1 comment:

Piglet's Buddy said...

Obviously a good time is being had by all. I'm happy for you.