I have never encountered the word “Catalan” before in my entire life until I decided to go to Barcelona. This year, a little voice told me that Barcelona is a gastronomic destination and it is a very vibrant city.
The official government language of Barcelona ( and all of Catalonia) is Catalan. Barcelona is a capital of Catalonia which is comprising of 4 provinces : Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona. You can see Catalan on the menus at the restaurants and also on most websites related to Barcelona.
A glimpse of Barcelona in 36 hours has really opened up my world. I met many lively people and interesting places. I planned to experience at least a couple of Tapas bars and gourmet shops. Museu Picasso, Barcelona Cathedral and of course, Mercat de La Boqueria ( 3 times a day) were on my list.
I explored the city by strolling around ( I also took a metro and got lost sometime). The accommodation near La Rambla was my choice. I stayed at a charming hotel, called Hotel Curious.(http://www.hotelcurious.com)
My best impressions of Hotel Curious were its location, arty decor , helpful staff, free wi-fi and its hot milk dispenser.
My first day was to wander around to prepare myself for the second day.
On day two, I arrived at the opening hour of Museu Picasso, but there were already a long waiting line. It is a must for everyone to embrace Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso’s collections of artworks if you are in Barcelona. After visiting Museu Picasso, you can walk to see the purest Catalan Gothic at Santa Maria del Mar church and spend a couple quiet minutes for peace and happiness .I was so glad that I could manage to experience all the places as listed below. I did it all.
- Drinking three glasses of thick chocolate drinks per day was my motto.
- I also ate a ticket from Chocolate Museum.
- Having 2 lunches per day was required in Barcelona. Lovely lunches though!
- I also made an effort to hello to all the geese in the cloister at Barcelona Cathedral.
- I was so full, but I had to drink tea at Crusto and bought baked goods home.
- I arrived Colmado late and just bought a bottle of jam.
- I still had to walk back to La Rambla and ate ice cream to wake me up.
- I even decided to taste Seafood Paella at 9 pm for the sake of being in Spain.
And I have just found out today that Paella was originated in Valencia and considered as a regional Valencian dish………eerrrrrr….Living Catalan in full stomach!
my traveling synopsis
- Mercat de La Boqueria
- Port Vell
- Tapas 24
my full day agenda :
- Mercat de La Boqueria http://www.boqueria.info/
- Museu Picasso http://www.museupicasso.bcn.es
- Santa María del Mar church http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Maria_del_Mar,_Barcelona
- TALLER de TAPAS http://www.tallerdetapas.com/
- E&A Gispert ( fresh roasted nuts) http://www.casagispert.com
- Museu de la Xonolata ( Chocolate Museum) http://pastisseria.cat/en/PortadaMuseu
- Comerç 24 http://comerc24.com.mialias.net/index.php?lang=eng
- Barcelona Cathedral ( La Seu,The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia) http://www.catedralbcn.org/
- CACAO SAMPAKA http://www.cacaosampaka.com
- “Crusto” artisan bakery / cafe http://www.crusto.es
- “Colmado” grocery store and wine shop http://www.lafuente.es/mapa.php#ver_datos
Useful links http://www.barcelonaturisme.com/