Daily Archives: October 6, 2013

Saturday in Barcelona

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I slept in yet again, got up and ready for a day out. I had told the teacher at cook and taste that I would drop her in an Australian dollar and to show her the book that I had found them in (Movida’s guide to Barcelona). It was just around the corner so it was not out of my way. I wanted to go to a restaurant that he had written up in the guide that was apparently rather hard to find but worth it once I did. I found it but I think it may have changed hands so I went off down to the beach to go to another restaurant there. It is called Can Sole and has been there for 110 years. It serves up very traditional Catalan seafood dishes. I had octopus legs for entree. and Bouillabaisse for ¬†main . Could of done without the octopus legs but the Bouillabaisse was amazing. So good! It was the type of food that makes you feel happy to alive! The service was very attentive . Any more attentive and they would have been spooning the food in to my mouth . ūüėÄ showed the head waiter man what Frank Camorra had written about their restaurant in his book and he roared laughing at what had been written about the size of the owner. ( he looks like he likes to eat)

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It was such a beautiful day so I walked along the promenade next to the beach, I saw the cable car that goes from the beach up to poble-sec and thought “why not”. The wait was longer than I would normally subject myself to but it was worth it. Luckily I had cash on me as they don’t take cards, I would have been a little upset waiting an hour to find out I couldn’t go on it as I only had a card.I had my kindle so Bill Bryson kept me company.

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I made my way back to my apartment via the metro. I had to wait 4 minutes for one of the trains. That is the longest I have waited for a train in Barcelona. Standing in the sun for an hour made me in need of a nap.

Friday 4th of October

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The apartment I am staying in is so quiet that I slept for longer than I wanted. ¬†Spain doesn’t rise early though so it was semi ok. One of the owners of waytostay had suggested I go to Poble-sec. It is has a tropical feel and is at the base of the mountains. I got three trains, sounds complicated but it wasn’t . The longest I waited for a train was a minute. The Europeans really know how to run Metros, apparently Madrid has the best in the world. It must be pretty damn good.

The first stop was to the Joan Miro museum, it is building designed specifically to house the works of Miro. He worked with the architect to create a space that worked with his art.  It was an exhibition that made you leave feel enriched. I watched the 15 minute movie about his life and was nearly in tears by the end. He was certainly a dreamer of big things. He is not up there as my favourite artist but there are certainly works in the collection that I really liked. Sadly there is never a postcard of the ones I really like.

I wasn't allowed to take photos so this was the only picture I took of his work.

I wasn’t allowed to take photos so this was the only picture I took of his work.

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Then I went for a walk through the ¬†gardens next to the museum ¬†it had a very tropical feel. I could nearly have been in Cairns. It would have been nice to spend more time there just sitting back reading but I had places to go and things to do and my tummy was super hungry. I went to the restaurant in the park and had their set menu. I could only fit in two courses though. I had black rice with cuttlefish and for a main ( I am sorry Justine) I had oven roasted rabbit with potatoes and tomatoes. Super yum. The waiters were seriously hard workers. I hope they get paid well. I took photos but it tasted better than it looked. If you are up that way give it a try. ¬†My phone was in lock down mode as didn’t know the sim code for the Spanish sim in it so I could not get directions for MNAC. So i headed off to see if I could find it.

Along the way I found the museum of Catalan archeology I was drawn in by something, am not sure what . It was only 3 euro and I was one of two visitors in there, in a huge space. It is a little sad that there were only two of us but it made for a peaceful hour. It is well worth a visit if you are into being amazed by how talented and skilled they were in years BC and AC.

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this person had something naaasty growing on their skull

this person had something naaasty growing on their skull

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the child in me had to take a photo of a 3rd century sculpture of a man with his hand on his wang

the child in me had to take a photo of a 3rd century sculpture of a man with his hand on his wang

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When I got back to el Born I went to the Picasso Museum while the ticket line wasn’t too big. The work he did as a teenager was just jaw dropping. I think I preferred these works to his later stuff. He really was a prodigy, I ¬†never knew this about him. After having been in the space that Miro had created specifically for his work , being in the Picasso museum ( which is just in a really really old building, not purpose built) made me see how much the Miro space worked.

I got caught in a thundery downpour of rain on the way home but that was ok , I have been very lucky with the weather and I was just so happy to be in Barcelona.