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Wonderful street lamp

Next Morning we started pretty late from the hotel; we had been up talking for a while the night before and managed to talk us through a bottle of pink champagne, which is not the worst you can do in Barcelona. We started to walk towards our first target; La Ramble. We walked down the busy Avinguda de Parallel and enjoyed the buildings and some of the small cafés, but it got even better when we went down the Carrer de Sant Pau. On the corner there was a wonderful little café where it looked like the time had stood still since 1930 and I visited a little baker across the street and bought a lot of different small local things just to test. We walked by the church or monastery of Sant Pau del Camp that in Catalan stands for "Saint Paul of the countryside" or "of the field".

The church is the oldest church in Barcelona and while the monastery now sits within the El Raval barrio of central Barcelona, it once sat outside the city; and it was it's rural location that gave the church its name.

Hiding the sun
Construction of this church began late in the 10th century, in order to replace a previous church destroyed by Muslim invaders in 985. Amazing how fast time goes!

Walking the streets in this area is a true joy, you really feel that you are in Spain. We just laughed at two elderly guys meeting each other; and about twenty meters before they met, they started to talk to each others; very loud, no secrets here. They could not wait to talk until they were close to each others. This is the way it is and this is what I love. I guess very few Danes would do this, but it is a lesson in life, we are so closed.

The streets in this area are full of hookers and players, but it is a fun neighbourhood; we were at one point walking behind a group of police men patrolling the streets in area and the number of remarks they got from the inhabitants and the loose birds of the streets were remarkable.

Tapas for the stomach and the eyes

We crossed La Rambla and walked into Barre Gotic and enjoyed the small and narrow streets that both gave us shade and kept a nice temperature. There are so many things to enjoy walking these streets and one the things Babs had put on the agenda was a visit to Desingual, which is clothing chain that actually have some fabulous designs; especially for women. I don’t enjoy their male line that much, but the colours for women are just astonishing.

After some shopping and a further walk we ended in one of my favourite wine and tapas bars which is situated close to Carrer de Jaume I and Laietana and next the Metro station Jaume I. Here we soon after found ourselves sitting in the bar choosing one tapas after the other. I started the day with some pink cava while Babs had some cold water.

Let there be light
 

We continued our walk after the short lunch and continued on the other side of Laietana following Carrer de la Princesa; we didn’t have to walk long before we found some interesting small shops and a house with only one side!

It is amazing how many small and daring designer shops you find in these narrow streets. Babs quickly found some more things that she loved but she held back on the possible shopping spree, which I found pretty strong since they had so many nice things. We gave ourselves plenty of time to go into all the small shops we wanted to.

We walked slowly the small streets until we reached El barri de Sant Pere, which has its name after the monastery Sant Pere de les Puelles.

Inside a shop
Here we turned towards the Santa Maria del Mar. This area is always nice to visit in the evening due to the many bars and the nice squares.

The church was built between 1329 and 1383, at the height of Catalonia's maritime and mercantile pre-eminence. It is an impressive church especially from the inside; you don’t really see the full beauty from outside. It is an outstanding example of Catalan Gothic, with a purity and unity of style that are very unusual in large mediaeval buildings.

At Placa del Fossar de les Moreres next to the church we enjoyed the buildings and all the possibilities to take nice pictures before heading back to the other side of Laietana again. I wanted us to walk towards the cathedral because I love the square and the small streets getting there.

Just love this one - tried to buy it but it was not for sale
On the way we stopped for a cup of coffee and I had one with a scoop of ice in, which were lovely.

We walked towards the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia or also called La Seu. The cathedral was constructed throughout the 13th to 15th centuries on top of a former Visi-gothic church. The neo-Gothic façade is from the 19th century. The cathedral is dedicated to Eulalia of Barcelona, co-patron saint of Barcelona, a young virgin who, according to Catholic tradition, suffered martyrdom during Roman times in Barcelona. One story is that she was exposed naked in the public square and a miraculous snowfall in mid-spring covered her nudity. I wonder where they get these good stories from. There are a lot of stories based on naked women in history!

The enraged Romans put her into a barrel with knives stuck into it and rolled it down a street; according to tradition, the one now called 'Baixada de Santa Eulalia'.

Sun warming the city
The body of Saint Eulalia is entombed in the cathedral's crypt. One side chapel is dedicated to "Christ of Lepanto", and contains a cross from a ship that fought at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.

From the square we walked towards the little square at Carrer dels Capellans where there was a small market with some local handicrafts and dried fruits and honey. We walked around a bit but after a while we walked into the galleria in the right corner of the market. The galleria had not really anything to offer, so we took a sharp left at Carrer de Montsio and walked back to the Rambla.

From the Rambla we wanted to walk some more small streets, so we walked down towards the water via the smallest and most narrow streets we could find. Down by the water we returned again towards Placa Reial.

You dont know what you are missing!
From here we decided to walk back to the hotel and relax a little before we were hitting the streets of Barcelona again.

Once at the hotel we decided to go out and eat around 9 pm and we therefore took it easy for a couple of hours! I was happy to rest my legs after almost 7 hours of walking. 

We had not booked any place for the evening; the goal was to find something down by the harbour. We left the hotel entrance and expected it to be as easy as the day before to get a taxi but after 10-15 min we gave up and I asked the hotel to get us one. The taxi arrived shortly after. We, well Babs asked where to go and eat and he recommended Salamanca with I had talked about before we went down to Barcelona.

Last year I had been to their restaurant in Almirall Cervera, but I knew that they also had a huge place down at the harbour but I had never been there.

Great wall painting
We were there after 10 minutes and they managed to find a place for us outside but close to the indoor restaurant.

The first thing we noticed was how large it was; there were at least 500 seats and it was run as a factory. We laughed at it and especially at the waiters running with one or max two plates at the time, and usually empty on their way back to the kitchen; there were processes to be optimized for sure. There was a shouting coing on between the waiters; who to do this and that and we both felt like we landed in a Pedro Almodóvar Caballero or Federico Fellini movie; it was fantastic, just what I wanted.

Our waiter was a chapter of his own. The poor guy was in over his head that was for sure. He was quite long about making our table and after that he forgot about us for a while.

Street lion
We managed to get the attention and the menu but we right away ordered two glasses of cava. After yet a while we manage to stop him and get our orders away.

He quickly arrived with the white wine and a chilling bucket; every time he came to the table, he loudly mentioned his next step; glasses! Then he came back with glasses; Starters! Then he came back with starters; open wine! He came back and opened the wine. So it went on until we had almost everything except what we needed to get first; our cava and knives and forks!! He was like something taken out of Faulty Towers with John Cleese!

He kept on behaving like this most of the evening also on the other tables, until it got a bit quieter after midnight. In the end he was much more relaxed and really sweet, as soon as people were starting to leave.

Nice couple
He was clearly stressed and not the fastest in the world. Babs stated to joke with him in the end, and we said that we would be back next year to check up on him; he replied, if I am not fired then! Poor guy!

We had a good meal but we were both sad to see how much oil they filled on every dish. It was just too much; you could run a car from Barcelona to Madrid on just one dish! The dishes would have been so much nicer if they had held back on the oil pumps. For a desert I had a cava sorbet, and it was delicious; it was served as a drink, next time I could have more than one.

We left walking along all the restaurant, bars and discotheques along the harbour before taking a taxi back to the area of Santa Maria, where we were heading for the wine bar before it was closing this time.

First capture in the morning - just next to the hotel
We managed and found ourselves sitting in the bar before the last rush of the evening came in there. We both enjoyed the atmosphere and the ambiance and naturally the wines as well; it is a really good place.

When the bar closed we slowly walked to the Rambla and took a taxi back to the hotel from there. The day after was going to be a long walking day so we called it quits at around 2.30am.   

 

 

dieforu says:
great job Chris:-)
Posted on: Nov 05, 2009
Chokk says:
Thanks - still working on it:)
Posted on: Oct 30, 2009
JP-NED says:
Nice blog Chris!
Posted on: Oct 30, 2009
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Wonderful street lamp
Wonderful street lamp
Hiding the sun
Hiding the sun
Tapas for the stomach and the eyes
Tapas for the stomach and the eyes
Let there be light
Let there be light
Inside a shop
Inside a shop
Just love this one - tried to buy …
Just love this one - tried to buy…
Sun warming the city
Sun warming the city
You dont know what you are missing!
You dont know what you are missing!
Great wall painting
Great wall painting
Street lion
Street lion
Nice couple
Nice couple
First capture in the morning - jus…
First capture in the morning - ju…
Colourful newsstand
Colourful newsstand
Old great shop
Old great shop
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The old and the modern
A wrapped church
A wrapped church
A palm in Barcelona
A palm in Barcelona
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Beautiful decorated wall
Nice little hat shop in Barre Gotic
Nice little hat shop in Barre Gotic
Built on the leftovers
Built on the leftovers
Inside a Barcelona Bar
Inside a Barcelona Bar
The menu
The menu
Colourful fruit bar
Colourful fruit bar
Sitting at the bar
Sitting at the bar
A nice pink cava for lunch!
A nice pink cava for lunch!
Lunch is served!
Lunch is served!
The house has only one side
The house has only one side
Narrow streets
Narrow streets
Wonders of the Barre Gotic
Wonders of the Barre Gotic
Go Re-Cycle
Go Re-Cycle
Save the planet!
Save the planet!
No Rules
No Rules
Nice designer bags
Nice designer bags
Great changing room
Great changing room
Another great changing room
Another great changing room
Paper lamp
Paper lamp
Logo for the shop
Logo for the shop
What do you want more
What do you want more
Babs looking for the next objective
Babs looking for the next objective
Smal and wonderful streets
Smal and wonderful streets
Another small bar
Another small bar
A perfect match Desiguel and Babs
A perfect match Desiguel and Babs
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Barcelona walking
Narrow houses
Narrow houses
The square next to Santa Maria
The square next to Santa Maria
In memory of 1714
In memory of 1714
1714
1714
Looking at the right side
Looking at the right side
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Looking at the left side
Placa del Fossar de les Moreres - …
Placa del Fossar de les Moreres -…
Placa del Fossar de les Moreres
Placa del Fossar de les Moreres
Placa del Fossar de les Moreres - …
Placa del Fossar de les Moreres -…
Placa del Fossar de les Moreres
Placa del Fossar de les Moreres
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On top of the wine bar at Santa M…
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Street art
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Different ends meet
The old and new
The old and new
Via Laietana
Via Laietana
Yet a wonderful house
Yet a wonderful house
Yellow fun in the city on Laietana
Yellow fun in the city on Laietana
Let there be light
Let there be light
Building and building on top of th…
Building and building on top of t…
Stones from ancient times
Stones from ancient times
An old candle shop
An old candle shop
Beautiful coffee!
Beautiful coffee!
Nice place where they have de-caf!
Nice place where they have de-caf!
Just another wonderful facade!
Just another wonderful facade!
Behind the cathedral
Behind the cathedral
Looks like Italy too
Looks like Italy too
Sun effect
Sun effect
Neighbours!
Neighbours!
In a backyard
In a backyard
Spitting water on a rainy day
Spitting water on a rainy day
Small nice café
Small nice café
Wonderful house
Wonderful house
The Market at Carrer dels Capellans
The Market at Carrer dels Capellans
The market at Carrer dels Capellans
The market at Carrer dels Capellans
The Market at Carrer dels Capellans
The Market at Carrer dels Capellans
The church at Carrer dels Capellans
The church at Carrer dels Capellans
Mosaik at Carrer de la Boqueria
Mosaik at Carrer de la Boqueria
House at Carrer DAroles
House at Carrer D'Aroles
Carrer DAroles
Carrer D'Aroles
Yet a nice little square
Yet a nice little square
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Shop sign
Nice little shop
Nice little shop
Shop sign
Shop sign
Long night, long day - short life
Long night, long day - short life
Street lamp
Street lamp
Inside a clothing outlet
Inside a clothing outlet
Wall paintings
Wall paintings
The blue sky above
The blue sky above
Nice Entrance
Nice Entrance
Babs getting fresh fruit
Babs getting fresh fruit
Great house hidden away!
Great house hidden away!
Looking up at the balconies
Looking up at the balconies
Street lamp attack
Street lamp attack
Narrow end
Narrow end
Wine shop
Wine shop
Parked and ready to go
Parked and ready to go
Street view
Street view
Another of many sall bars
Another of many sall bars
The menu
The menu
Shop sign
Shop sign
Placa Reial in the afternoon sun
Placa Reial in the afternoon sun
Babs - getting the right angle
Babs - getting the right angle
Gaudi lamps of Placa Reial
Gaudi lamps of Placa Reial
One of my favourite spots of this …
One of my favourite spots of this…
Placa Reial in the afternoon sun
Placa Reial in the afternoon sun
Soo happy to be back
Soo happy to be back
I am gonna hug this one!!
I am gonna hug this one!!
Nice to know where you are
Nice to know where you are
Palau Güell
Palau Güell
Entres at Salamanca
Entre's at Salamanca
Octopus entre!
Octopus entre!
Restaurant Salamaca
Restaurant Salamaca
Restaurant Salamaca
Restaurant Salamaca
Great food
Great food
Great food
Great food
A happy guy in Barcelona
A happy guy in Barcelona
Getting ready to dig in!
Getting ready to dig in!
Having a nice day in Barcelona
Having a nice day in Barcelona
In Barcelona again
In Barcelona again
Smoking lion!
Smoking lion!
One of my favorite wine bars in Ba…
One of my favorite wine bars in B…
Cava rosé
Cava rosé
Stairway to ....
Stairway to ....
Leaving - no not yet!
Leaving - no not yet!
Wine fiesta
Wine fiesta
In the mirror
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