Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Barcelona Day 5

Not as good a night’s sleep tonight. We share a shower and toilet (and bidet) at this place so I had a cold shower after Wendy this morning. Then we went to the Picasso museum. It’s mostly art from his “formative years”, which means “not cubism”. Pretty interesting stuff, though. Visited the Maria del Mar church and had lunch at Los Quinze Nits in Placa Reial – Pan Catalan, salad, tortilla de patata, chicken with cheese sauce, and tiramisu for dessert. (Wendy had pineapple and crème de Catalunya, which is basically crème brulee.

Next we visited Barceloneta, which is a fake beach set up for the ’92 Olympics. The Olympic Village is nearby, but we got the most enjoyment from a quick nap in the park. Some French tourists passed us lying on the grass and said, “The beach must be full.”

Casa MilaThen it was Casa Mila, the last of Gaudi’s creations before dedicating the remainder of his life to La Sagrada Familia. We had some good gelats (Italian ice cream) in the area.

This evening we went to 2 Bach cantatas and a piece by C.P.E. Bach in the Cathedral of Barcelona. I also bought a CD by Lluis Llach and we listened to music and bought a ton of treats to take home from Corte Ingles, including 3 boxes of Cruesli chocolate cereal. We went to the internet café one last time – flight looks good for tomorrow – and walked down Las Ramblas, negotiating with gift shop owners and watching a woman create alien landscape pictures with spray paint. Wendy argued with some Indian gift shop owners who made fun of her for accidentally saying veinto instead of veinte (for 20). We came up with a bunch of comebacks after we left the store.

Day 6


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