Sunday, March 8, 2015
High winds good excuse for escape to Barcelona
Everything was going according to plan until the train stopped just before Figueres station. Something was on the line and it was going to take some time to move it. After a fifty-minute delay we were on our way once more, albeit slowly. There were some trees that had fallen down and were nearly touching the tracks causing yet another delay. Finally, we reached Barcelona almost an hour-and-a-half late. But what a joy to be there. It was sunny and warm and quiet with no gusting wind.
After a brief walk down the lower half of Las Ramblas we walked along the front by the marina at Port Vell. Las Ramblas is one of the pickpocket capitals of the world so you have to be really vigilant about your belongings. On the way back to the hotel we discovered a new district with lots of little bistros, music shops and interesting little shops. that is the best thing about Barcelona, every time you go you discover something new.
Our day ended in the Market at Santa Catarina restaurant. It is huge and always packed. We ended up sitting at the bar where the six chefs do all their cooking. It is always a fun spot to eat and to watch the food as it is being prepared. Our spring rolls and basmati rice with vegetables and a mustard sauce were delicious. This was so much better than listening to howling winds.