|Tapas were everywhere! Buffet style, at the bar,Wherever.Whenever.|
And then there is Paella. Now that it something I can eat large plates of. In fact, I took a Spanish cooking class and we made a mountain of it. This version used a large squid like creature called a cuttlefish and its sticky ink turned the dish a deep dark ocean blue.
|I am so glad Rafael volunteered to clean our Cuttlefish.|
|The most flavorful tomatoes I've ever tasted.|
|The finishing touches to our days work..|
Our apartment was in the center of the city on the edge of the Bjorn district and just a few blocks from Plaza Catalonia. We could easily walk to the Cathedral, and the Palau De La Musica - and with a little morning fortitude we walked to the harbor and nearby beaches. We had a metro station across the street for adventures beyond our four mile walking limit! We took the free walking tour as usual and Michael took the Gaudi walking tour while I was at my cooking class. We hiked up to Park Guell for more Gaudi gawking, and a trek to Montjuic. We enjoyed two great concerts including a trio of Spanish Guitars in one of the cities most beloved churches, the Santa Maria Basilica del Pi and a rousing piano recital.
|Yet another happy couple shot - this time on Montjuic.|
|Mr. Campbell enjoying Gaudi's glory in the sun.|
|A go-to first night dinner featuring roasted chicken and potatoes|
With credentials in hand, we were able to nod to the riff-raff, take a few pictures, and then beeline to the VIP lounge where there seemed to be unlimited bubbly and beer (no alcohol served outside or inside the stands for the aforementioned riff-raff), and tapas. We found our very VIP seats and settled in. I stayed for a respectable hour and then scooted off to seafood dinner. Michael was able to witness a very important moment in soccer history as the revered Senor Messi scored a hat-trick; 3 goals in one game and become the all-time leading scorer for the club. Sorry I missed it, but by then I was deep into a entire grilled sea bass loaded with rosemary, lemon and garlic. Something Mr. Campbell cannot appreciate. So it was, as we say in America, a win-win situation.
|Sorry boys - No wristband, no real beer. But I love you all.|
|Michael getting warpaint for BFC. He loved it!|
|I should have left a 'job-seeking' notice for a full-time Tapas Taster on this board|
I'll catch you up in a couple of weeks. Thanks for reading.
Debbie and Michael
The Senior Nomads
p.s. Did you know that Salvador Dali designed the Chupa Chups logo? Makes you respect those little suckers more now, doesn't it?