Tuesday Sept 15, 2015
After a good night's sleep, we planned to spend the day wandering around the downtown area, notably on La Rambla and through part of the Gothic Quarter without going to the cathedral. We took the metro from the Tibidabo stop near our apartment all the way to the end, Placa Catalunya. (This is the Catalan name for the square; the "c" is soft and should have a little tail.) This may sound strange, but I like the way the metro smells. As you walk down the steps, the scent is warm and a little metallic. It hasn't changed for me in all the years that I missed it.
Anyway, when you get off the metro at Placa Catalunya, you are right at the beginning of La Rambla.
|Mom with the Columbus statue in the background|
At the beginning of La Ramba is the Font de Canaletes. It's said that if you drink from the fountain, you will return to Barcelona, so of course, we all took a sip.
|Mom taking a sip from the Font de Canaletes|
Our first destination was to have churros and hot chocolate from a granja that my mom remembered. Somehow, among all the tiny streets and little shops, she found the place she was looking for.
|typical street in the Gothic Quarter|
|chocolate con nata y churros at La Pallaresa|
After breakfast, we wandered around the little streets until we came to Placa Reial. I've always liked Placa Reial because of the fountain and the palm trees.
|Lizzie and Mom in Placa Reial|
Back out to La Rambla and into La Boqueria.
La Boqueria is an incredible market with everything from fresh fruit to fresh fish to fresh meat to places to get a bit to eat. It was full of people and hard to get any cool photos, but I paused to get a shot of this fish stand:
|fish market in La Boqueria|
We were catching our breath and having a drink of water in front of a large former mansion. Mom was telling us some history about the place when I looked inside and saw the giants!
|the giant eagle (kinda looks like a chicken)|
|the dragoness - female because she has boobs|
We continued roaming around down some other streets. Eventually we found our way to a restaurant called Els4Gats. This place was significant to me because Picasso and Gaudi used to hang out here in the early 1800s. Picasso painted what would become the cover of the menu at that time. The bar is said to be the original and the place is like a little art gallery. I felt happy and comfortable there. The beer came in a real mug!
|the doorway of 4 Gats|
|a canya at Els 4Gats|
Check back on Saturday when I will take you back into the Gothic Quarter for a look at the beautiful cathedral and dinner with my cousin.