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Day 3 – Barcelona – for a Gaudi Time

So just home for the day.

Up for Brunch, seriously, there is no breakfast.  It consists of sugar, butter and chocolate mixed together in some fashion.  Matched to very ordinary coffee.  

Off to the Sangrada  Familiar.  Love it or loathe it you have to acknowledge it is a marvel.


From there to the Park Guell, and I have to say-this is my thing.
We lunched on bread, 2 types of local cheese, jamon ( awesome cured ham ) and olives for $15 .


We walked the city, and chatted to locals.  Then wandered back to the hotel for a cuppa and study.

Ros wanted to see the magic fountain and it was magic.


Dinner was pintxos and tapas ar Blai 9.  

3  outstanding glasses of wine all from different DOs, 1 Sangria, 1 cava, 1 Vermouth, 5 tapas,  5 pintxos, awesome time $45.

Talked through the wines by local grower.  Of particle note was the Carenena, and Monastrell, both were delightful with the Carenena showing gripping tannin, and black briary fruit.  While the Monastrell was a punchy black fruited wine with high alcohol and some tight tannin with a chocolate finish.  The White was from Pennedes and was a Macabeo and was light elegant with hints of herbs and soft acidity.

Stagger home full and sated. 23000 steps today, 32000 yesterday.

Note to self, vegetables seem hard to come by in restaurants but absolutely everywhere for sale.  How do they not get scurvy?

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