Barcelona

The last time I was in Barcelona was the first time.  It was 8 years ago and I came with my Mom and Josh.  Josh was 10 years old.  My Mom took a trip with each of our kids when they turned 10.  I came along too.  It was fun to go back and read those posts before we got here.  Many of the restaurants we went to are still some of the ones to go to today.

coffeethismorningWe got up and went for a much needed coffee.  I forgot how insanely strong the coffee is in Spain.  This place was just about coffee.  It is called Nomad Coffee Productions.

topofdepartmentstoreBarcelona and I believe most of Spain is a late town.  Dinners start late and in turn so does the day.  We walked over to the Contemporary Museum of Art but it was not open until 11.  So instead we walked over to the main department store, El Corte Ingles, where you can go to the top and get the views of the city.  The windows were filthy so the pic isn’t great.

modernartThen we headed back to the museum.  Really wonderful building.

chokWe thought we’d check out some galleries today and we headed over to a gallery.  On the way there we stopped in this tiny chocolate shop called Chok.  I love how they did the donuts on the wall.

artgallery1We got to Artevistas Gallery.  They basically carry a combo of young artists work.

It was finally time for lunch.  I think that Mercat de la Bouqueria is one of the best markets in the world.  A few more markets have opened around Barcelona such as Mercado de San Miguel, Mercardo de San Anton and Mercato de San Ildefenso.  Each are a little different as some have produce and others just small restaurants.  Maybe we will go to them but the Mercat de la Bouqueria is key.  We snagged two seats at Bar Pinoxto and had lunch.  There are a handful of places to sit down and eat in the Mercato but I think this is one of the best.

chickepeasWe had four dishes.  Chick peas with a slight cinnamon flavor.

cuttlefishbeansTiny pieces of squid with white beans.

razorclamsRazor clams

hakeHake.  Each dish was just simple and well cooked.

cafeconlecheHad to have the cafe con leche to end the meal.  They do a really good one here.

peppersThen we walked the market.  Fish, peppers, fruit, juices, meats, chickens…you name it.

juicesHere are the juices.  There are several others.

jelliesCandies too.

paprikaI picked up some paprikas.

porksGotta love the four large jambons waiting to be sliced.

boughtartWe walked over to an area that has a handful of art galleries.  It is now getting super warm outside.  There is a reason people take siestas in Spain.  We bought this piece and it will be interesting getting it back.  It is all wrapped up now and it appears that I am carrying a baguette.

Nothing else rocked our boat.  We had been walking for about 6 hours and decided to call it a day.