Barcelona 8

It was our last day in barcelona and it all went astray. The husband finally got a full blown stomach flu and was down for the count. Or rather puking his guts out.

I went out to get to do some last minute stuff in the afternoon. Namely check out the kitty garden and grab some lunch. The kitties, it turns out, were not accessible and I could only stare at them longingly throughout the fence. So I went to read a mag and then walk around.

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Wine Shopping

We travel for wine. Some people think this is nuts but we bring back cases of wine when we travel and not the crap from duty free or $50 ++ bottles. We buy bottles to cellar and wines that are not imported. Something special and you don’t have to pay a fortune for it. Generally, you pay to have your wine aged for you and ready to go. You can get an exceptional bargain if you buy it and hold it yourself.

We have a nice bodega across from our flat but unlike some other merchants, they are a bit confused by us. We grabbed some great wines but were excited to happen upon a Penedes regional market set up over the weekend outside the Boqueria. You got a glass for a euro and could taste away. We were on our way to grab lunch but stopped for a taste and told them we would be back in an hour.

We also checked out the foodstuffs. Cheese and jambon and dried mushrooms, which I can’t figure out if they will trigger my luggage so I had to skip, and honey and stuff


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Barcelona 7

We did our 1 touristy thing today and went to the Sagrada Familia. I hate churches and was sorta shamed into going but this is not a regular church.

We bought our tix online and picked them up at the ATM but once we got there and to the elevator, found out that we did not have the 2,50€ passes for it and it was sold out. Kinda irritating cuz there was no option to buy online and the husband was disappointed. No worries, it was a sunny day so I took some pics.




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41 Degrees Barcelona

41 Grados/41 Degrees is Ferran Adria‘s new-ish place that is 41 courses plus some cocktail matches and riffs on the old menu at El Bulli. We never could get to El Bulli and barely could get in here, but we found another couple who had a res for 4 and were able to share on theirs which was super!

This was our bank breaker at 140€ each plus a 23€ bottle of wine. The total bill was ~360€.  Luckily, our dining companions indulged my food picture taking. Unfortch the lighting sucked and my pics are not the best but here they are.




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Barcelona 4

I am behind on my postings so will make this one a shorty. Tuesday we woke up late and had lunch at El Fortuny which I recommend. We were able to change our dinner res at HISOP to evening as well.






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Barcelona 3

It rained all day. I also was dumb and was up til 6am and slept til 12:30. We got up and ended up having an average menu del dia across from the MBAC museum. I forgot my phone so pics are on the husbands and really who cares. We did a major wander around then stopped to grab wind and stuff at the boqueria, but all the stalls were closed and the wine shop was having the floors refinished.

A fail.

Back at the ok corral, aka apt, we decided what to do for the night and I took a short nap.

Since it was rainy the husband decided we try cal pep or bust figuring line would be low. Or at least lower than they say.


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Barcelona 2

We actually got up and went to lunch today. Goal was Kaiku but our only choice was an outside table when we called ahead before we left. All good, it’s 66 degrees, right. Ummm. Yeah. It is windier and colder at the beach. But if the windsurfers could deals so could we. 20111121-035234.jpg

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