Arriving in Barcelona - in time for a dinner and some nightlife

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Wines

I had been looking forward to this trip sometime, well at least for a month. It had been a couple of months since I last time was in Barcelona and then it was also only for a weekend, but at least I would be there. Barcelona is to me one of the best cities that I ever have visited in Europe and a place I for sure always will return to. Actually I am now considering when to go again; I think March!

I had been at a conference most of the two days before taking the plane and I had to leave early from the conference Friday afternoon in order catch the plane at 18.00.

I was travelling with Barbara for the first time.

Babs hiding behind the menu at La Barceloneta
She is one of my really good Belgian friends and she lives also in the area around Chatelain where I live and I had to pick her up before leaving for the airport. She lives only 500 meters away from my place and we have been visiting different parts of Brussels together but since we both love Barcelona it was natural that we went for this city as the first place we visited together.

Barbara is an experienced traveller and it is always a joy to travel with persons like her. There was no hurry and she hates spending time in the airport which suits me well; I often arrive in the last minute, especillay if I travel for work. We had anyway time to visit the lounge bar in the Brussels airport which I like a lot; it does not feel like an airport thing; it could be a lounge bar anywhere! We found our seats in the plane and after 1.40 hour we landed in the warm and wonderful Barcelona.

During the conference I was together with my friend Carlos from Madrid and we had talked about different restaurants in Barcelona and it ended up that he booked a table for us in the Barceloneta at 22.

Sea food
15 which suited us pretty good; we were therefore in no hurry at all.

We took a taxi from the airport directly to the hotel Silken Concordia and arrived already a little past 21.00. We decided to leave from the hotel a quarter to ten and just take a taxi from the hotel to the restaurant. Babs speaks Spanish so it makes everything much easier when you want to get somewhere specific.

We arrived a little early at the restaurant, so together with 20 other early persons we had to wait for our table to get ready. We started with a Cava in the entry of the restaurant just to get in to the local spirit, waiting outside and enjoying a warm Catalonian evening.

The restaurant was nice and we got a great table overlooking the harbour and the entrance of Barcelona.

Palamos shrimps
Carlos had said that we had to try the Palamos shrimps so the main dish was given. I order some sea shells and some sea snails; both dishes where delicious and we had a good bottle of Torres white wine from 2008. We had a good and long meal. After the meal we went for some coffee in another room and ended the evening with some nice glasses of champagne.

We left around 1.30 am and headed for the centre of the city; the goal was the little wine bar at the square in front of Santa Maria church. When we finally arrived they actually closed so we decided to go back to the hotel and take the last drink there before getting ready for the following day.

KeikoCreative says:
Hi Chris, congrats on your featured blog:)
Posted on: Nov 02, 2009
rheagirl says:
Congrats on your featured blog! :D
Posted on: Nov 01, 2009
Stigen says:
Gratulerer på nok en feature !
Posted on: Nov 01, 2009
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Wines
Wines
Babs hiding behind the menu at La …
Babs hiding behind the menu at La…
Sea food
Sea food
Palamos shrimps
Palamos shrimps
Even more sea food
Even more sea food
Our white wine
Our white wine
Inside La Barceloneta
Inside La Barceloneta
Nice old cash-registre
Nice old cash-registre
Going places
Going places
The entrance at Hotel Silken Conco…
The entrance at Hotel Silken Conc…
The Hotel room at Hotel Silken Con…
The Hotel room at Hotel Silken Co…
The Hotel room at Hotel Silken Con…
The Hotel room at Hotel Silken Co…
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Barceloneta
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