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Sunday, July 20, 2014
Off the Beaten Path: Barcelona, Spain
When Mr. Spice was deployed a few years ago, my Mom and I
went to Barcelona between Christmas and New Year’s. There was an internet café across
the street from the hotel, so I could check e-mail twice per day for updates
from my soldier in Iraq.
The architecture in Barcelona was eye-popping, and this building
is not particularly off the beaten path- but it sure is unique. We are both good at reading
street maps, so we wandered around somewhat aimlessly, feasting on tapas (small
snack-sized dishes) every so often. How I wish I had photographed those plates!
The BEST calamari on the planet…not sure if Barcelona is an ideal destinations for
vegetarians/vegans, as I noticed- and ordered- an astounding array of meats on
the menus. I'm sure there are vegetables to choose from in restaurants, but I'd wonder if they're cooked in without any meat products?
We took a day trip out of town, to Montserrat and the Abbey.
I would recommend getting away from the hustle and bustle if you have time. The
quiet moments outside the city were refreshing. I’ve benefitted
tremendously over the years from the forum on Tripadvisor, where I can learn
the answers to many of my questions, and can post new ones (after researching
what’s already on the forum first)!
Finally, we loved the market, and breathed deeply the
fragrances of fruits, meats, flowers, and more. Be savvy of your surroundings,
and don’t leave your wallet in your back pocket, or in a bag without a zipper.
We never felt unsafe, though we weren’t partying into the wee hours of the
morning. We did play cards in the hotel lounge, though! Kanasta, anyone?