Last day...

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Saying goodbye to modernism...
Aaah those last days...

I woke up really early this morning because I wanted to go to Tarragona. But on my way to the train station I somehow made up my mind. I had seen pretty much everything I wanted to see in Barcelona but still, it was my last day and I wanted to have time to "say goodbye". So halfway the passeig de gracia I decided to go to the beach instead. As I woke up really early I was still a bit tired and a little lazing in the sand would definitely do me good. It did really. When I got to the water the area was very peaceful still, with not much people around. The ones that were, were mostly locals trying to catch some breakfast. I didn't pack my swimsuit obviously, so all I could do was sleep and people watch, but it was perfect.
Saying goodbye to modernism...
There were girls walking up and down the beach trying to sell massages (they almost made me feel like I was in Thailand), ice cream to be bought and the chill sound of braking waves beneath the blue sky. What more can one ask for? A bit of lazing did do me good after the last busy days.

After wandering around the streets behind the beach I took the Metro back to the the Passeig de Gracia for lunch. I had first considered to eat at the waterfront but most places I passed by looked so touristy and hideously over priced. Instead, I went back to the café I ate before, called Cervesseria D'Or. Pattatas bravas were on my pick-list of course, together with some other nice dishes. As this was the last day: it was time to visit all the places I enjoyed the most and to have the things I would miss the most when back home.
Early morning beach
So I had a beer as well (not that we don't have any beer in Belgium, haha, but there's no better match to pattatas bravas then San Miguel. And that, we don't have at home!

In the afternoon I just wondered around. I did some shopping at the Lefties branch at Plaza Universitat, had a stroll through the streets of El Raval, ended up at the waterside again for some Rambla del Mar lazing, had another shopping spree at Desigual (one of those 1000 shops, I can't remember which one), back up through the barri Gotic and into La Ribera at night for tapas and wine first, diner after. The tapas were at various bars around the Carrer de la Princessa and the side streets to Carrer dels Sombrerers. I don't remember the names, I just went in on sight. For me it worked: I looked at the tapas on the bars and if they looked good I went in to taste some. They were all delicious.
Dinner of course was back at Origins. I re-ordered the cheese plate, just because it was so delicious two days ago. I still was :) I had some Cava and a lovely crema Catalana for dessert.

After dinner I went back to the Esglesia de Santa Maria del Mar for a last glance inside, and strolled the old town from terrace to terrace. I went to bed with a really happy feeling. This holiday has been sooo good!
soni27 says:
What a lovely blog for your trip. I loved reading it :)
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012
vances says:
Nice conclusion to a brilliant trip!
Posted on: Jun 08, 2010
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Saying goodbye to modernism...
Saying goodbye to modernism...
Saying goodbye to modernism...
Saying goodbye to modernism...
Early morning beach
Early morning beach
Early morning beach
Early morning beach
Beach at noon
Beach at noon
Giants
Giants
Little church
Little church
Saying goodbye to the Esglesia de …
Saying goodbye to the Esglesia de…
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