A Travellerspoint blog

December 2014

Gaudi's Masterpieces - Barcelona

It was a six hour train to Barcelona. Our longest train yet. We arrived to find a lovely couple as our Airbnb hosts.

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After a look at the map it was 9pm so we headed down the road for Patatas Bravas (Potatoes with hot sauce), frittata and ham sandwiches. I opted for the Iberian ham. This meant to be some of the best ham in the world. It is acorn fed. The ham's a lot less processed and cured than that at home. The bun was simple... Ham, olive oil and a bun. It was delicious and the ham melted in your mouth with every bite. The potatoes were delicious, fried cubes covered in a spicy flavoursome sauce.

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The next day we explored around the main streets. We saw the Gaudi houses and the ridiculous price of € 25 to get in. They did look spectacular though!! We went to the market and started at a cute tapas space. The question was meat or fish. We had vegetarians beside us and he got delight from scaring them with a crayfish.It was hilarious to watch them scream every time it came close...she was petrified it would bite her! Lol. We opted for meat (a hearty stew.') and potato (fried potato with greens and pumpkin) both wore delicious. We opted for meat croquettes. . basically squishy potato-like mixture with bits of meat in it then covered in breadcrumbs and fried . It is creamy and delicious. we explored the market. seeing fruits, hams, salamis, brains and lamb heads.

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We had to try Catalan creme before we left. I happened to find a place that did Catalan creme on waffles. Needless to say that I thought Lewis would be in heaven and we had to sample this creation. It was pretty amazing. Hot doughy waffle with custard with caramelised sugar. Sweet heaven.

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It was more tapas for dinner.We sampled tomato bread. Delicious!

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We ventured out to Güell Park the next day to see move of Gaudi's work. The park had some construction and so compared to some of the works was underwhelming. We walked through to the La Sagrada Familia. The basilica is still under-construction and won't be finished until 2028.

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The outside is magnificent but the inside was something else. It was based on nature. If was modern and sleek. I haven't seen anything like it on our whole trip. The light made the place glow. Everything had a meaning. We walked around the odd gothic quarter. The narrow alleys and old cathedrals were a stark contrast to the bascillica we had just seen.

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That evening we went to an amazing vegetarian restaurant; croquettes, lasagne, the cheese, walnut and pear heart ravioli. Desert was chocolate pudding and Catalan cheesecake made of matu cheese with honey and caramelised walnuts. I could turn vegetarian if food tasted that good!

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The next morning I left Lewis to sleep and went to explore the cathedral.It's Amazing to see the difference in the same town. The cathedral has geese.Theres a long story that goes with them.

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I went up to the roof and saw the spectacular roofline. We explored the hills and again saw the more of the views of Barcelona.That night we went to the Magic Fountain. The show was Stunning.

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It was a great way to end our time in Barcelona. I can't wait to go back and see the rest.

Posted by chellebelle 10:01 Archived in Spain Tagged market cathedral gaudi sagrada familia ham stunning airbnb cheesecake Comments (0)

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