The best way to acclammate oneself in a foreign place is to begin with the food. Spain is a culture steeped in a proud heritage of regional-specific cuisine. No matter where you are, a local market is not far. But the most vibrant and exciting market in Barcelona is Mercat de la Boqueria. Among the hanging legs of jamon, oily fish heads, fresh fruits & veggies, candies and tapas stands, there is no lack of culinary exploration.
Next on to tour Barcelona’s unique architectural treasures by Antonio Gaudí. Gaudí’s insanely progressive style remains ahead of the times even today. Parque Güell is a jungle-like park that mixes native & tropical vegetatation with architectural forms. We spent hours getting lost in the endless labryth of tiered pathways.
Long after Gaudí’s death, the Sagrada Familia cathedral remains a work in progress. It is amazing to see the passionate daily construction as more dripping forms that resemble forms of humans, animals, and other-worldly creatures come to life.
By far the most fascinating sight since my last tenure in Spain was the abundance of scooters. Everyone in Barcelona rides a scooter – polished business men, stylish female bombshells, bohemian hipsters. Here area few snaphshots of the motor scooter mecca.
Unknowingly, TW and I dined at Michelin rated Comerc 24 one night. I must say that while the dishes were certainly inventive, foams, miniature plates, and unidentifiable foods are not my cup of tea. Honestly, the simple olive was the most pleasurable bite I had. I suppose that I can check this Michelin fine dining experience off my list, and go on to enjoy real, delicious meals.